Intentia system set task of keeping Virgin fleet on track

Responsibility for keeping Britain's newest fleet of trains running has been given to Intentia's collaborative maintenance,...

Responsibility for keeping Britain's newest fleet of trains running has been given to Intentia's collaborative maintenance, repair and operation (MRO) system.

The system will monitor thousands of components in the engines of 78 new Voyager trains being introduced on Virgin Train's CrossCountry routes. It is hoped it will result in reductions in the number of breakdowns and the time taken for trains to be serviced.

The system is at the heart of the management of a £90m maintenance contract awarded to engine manufacturer Cummins by train maker Bombardier Transportation. Cummins already uses Intentia's collaborative enterprise system.

Cummins said the MRO system is vital in enabling it to manage the extremely complex maintenance contract which has severe penalties if targets are missed.

The MRO system will monitor the performance of individual components in the engines of the 352 cars, manage routine service schedules, order services in response to component faults and provide a cost analysis for each component.

"Our systems will be fully integrated with Bombardier's and the train management system," said Chris Wright, Cummins' manager of rail business.

"It will enable unforeseen component failures to be identified immediately and ensure that replacements are available when needed."

When the fleet is fully operational in 2002 it is anticipated that five engines will be overhauled every week.

Information on the performance of components gathered by the collaborative MRO over the next year will be fed back to their designers to reduce the chance of failure.

Bombardier hopes the availability of the new stock will be about 90% compared with about 70% on Virgin's current 30-year-old trains.

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