New Course to Help Get Reliability on Track
Rail operators can improve the efficiency of rail operations and reduce costs by better managing maintenance programmes. That is the message from experts at Canadian-based BMT Fleet Technology Ltd and UK-based BMT Rail Ltd, who are hosting a special training course in Canada on rail maintenance management.
In highly competitive transport markets the effective management of rail maintenance programmes can help reduce the cost of unexpected equipment failures which result in the removal of equipment from service. It can also enable more efficient assessments of the condition of equipment and subsequent maintenance scheduling, helping engineers to support reliable, safe and cost-effective rail services.
BMT's course will review theoretical and practical approaches to condition and reliability-based maintenance, including the development and application of design, welding engineering and damage tolerance analysis techniques - expertise derived from BMT's support of the aviation and marine industries. The course will use case studies to demonstrate the practical benefits of applying condition and reliability-based maintenance methodologies, tools and techniques, as well as the advantages of specific asset performance improvements. In some examples half the preventive maintenance activity was found to be inappropriate and the reliability of assets was doubled by the adoption of new maintenance regimes.
BMT's course will provide maintenance engineers and superintendents with practical structural and mechanical integrity assessment and reliability analysis techniques for use in the inspection, repair and maintenance of rail cars and other associated equipment.
It will be held in November 2005 in Montréal, Québec, Canada, led by BMT personnel who have advised clients in rail and other industries on the management of maintenance programmes and reliability, structural and mechanical integrity assessments.
BMT Fleet Technology's President Aaron Dinovitzer comments: "By pooling expertise from Canada and the UK we will be able to help rail engineers deliver quantifiable improvements to rail performance in terms of reduced risk and improved availability, safety and cost-effectiveness."