Strukton Rail’s asset management philosophy is based on preventing failures. We can control the entire asset management set, from defining client needs to operation and feedback. We also support part of or the entire maintenance strategy of the client by engineering what is needed.
As maintenance becomes predictable, this improves the availability, reliability, safety, sustainability and cost-efficiency of the rail infrastructure system. Our approach to the development of robust maintenance strategies for our clients is based on the following:
1 Collect, analyse and interpret
We employ innovative, purpose-built hardware and software, developed and honed over many years maintaining some of Europe’s busiest freight and passenger networks, to collect, analyse and interpret data. We also have the capability to tailor and integrate our software into our clients’ own systems and connect other data capturing systems and tools to ours.
This data driven approach captures outputs from processes and systems to understand network deterioration and how it reacts to maintenance activities over time. This information is used to develop predictive algorithms that forecast maintenance requirements, providing quality, meaningful information to collaboratively drive strategic decision-making.
2 Understand condition and performance
Our specialised, highly-skilled engineers combine operational data with asset management knowledge to accurately model predictive outcomes and facilitate the development of strategies to improve the asset’s future performance.
3 Develop optimal maintenance strategy
Working with our clients, we can optimise maintenance planning and execution to drive alignment with the overarching asset strategy and long-term investment in asset renewal and upgrades.
4 Deliver predictable operating environment
Our SMART Maintenance principles support a predictable operating environment, improving reliability and network availability whilst reducing maintenance costs over time.
SMART Maintenance in Practice
Bringing the various elements of the SMART Maintenance process together, Strukton’s Control Centre links our state-of-the-art technology, systems and processes with daily practice. Remote condition monitoring and measurement data, advanced maintenance algorithms and domain knowledge are translated into practical information by our experienced engineers.
The Control Centre facilitates the efficient management of rail assets, supporting day-to-day maintenance operations. Captured condition data is transferred into action planning by revealing performance status of assets and generating notifications when deviations occur.
The Control Centre can be delivered by Strukton Rail from its existing facilities or can be established and managed within the client’s own business.
Moving to Maintenance Operational Excellence
Executing SMART Maintenance with mature, innovative and proven technology and practices, enables operators to move towards a state of maintenance operational excellence.
By applying the Strukton asset management toolkit, we can create a prioritised long-term asset renewals plan, determining the remaining useful life and the optimum moment of replacement, based on the current asset health and operational priorities. Health models are developed and maintained to understand the current state of the network. These models predict future asset condition and enable the prioritisation of areas of operational criticality, aligned with the asset strategy and long-term investment.