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CASE STUDY (2019)
Track reliability is a critical factor for rail operators. Traditional maintenance techniques that utilise older generation lubrication technologies do not always deliver the desired efficiency that rail operators require. Additionally, poor rail lubricant distribution methods and the high cost of maintaining older lubrication systems, can lead to excessive rail and wheel wear which can significantly reduce its performance, leading to increased maintenance costs in the future.
One of Australia’s largest rail operators was experiencing issues relating to track reliability. Problems such as lubricant distribution, older generation lubrication technology, higher costs of maintenance, and the increased friction between rails and train wheels, resulted in unwanted disruption to the rail network. This situation led to the involvement of JSG Industrial Systems to develop a suitable solution aimed at reducing maintenance activities and improving the rail network reliability.
JSG Industrial Systems, as a pioneer company in lubrication management systems, managed this situation by developing an effective technique based on delivering precise amounts of lubricant directly to the wheel/rail interface using the JSG Wayside Lubrication System. This robust and efficient rail friction management system was designed specifically for the rail industry to provide significant benefits in terms of wear, energy and noise reduction.
JSG installed 35 Wayside lubrication units across the specified rail network with the aim of maintaining effective lubrication on both rail tracks and train wheels. The project involved the participation of engineers, technicians, and experts within the Australian Rail Industry.
JSG Industrial Systems supplied complete Wayside Lubrication Systems equipped with JSG Smart Rail Lube Controller (SRL) offering a more efficient and modern way of managing rail lubrication digitally. Additionally, JSG provided a compatible Telemetry Service via a web accessible portal ensuring complete remote management of every Wayside system that is built with the JSG SRL controller. JSG Wayside units are operated using renewables such as solar panels as a part of the efforts to provide solutions under environmental guidelines.
By installing the JSG Wayside lubrication units at this project, JSG Industrial Systems has assisted the Rail Network Operator to effectively manage and solve the problems which were previously present. The Operator now has a network fully covered by the latest technology in rail lubrication which can be monitored and adjusted remotely. This technology will deliver the operator all the benefits associated with properly managed rail lubrication including greatly reduced track and rail wear, reduced energy consumption, and mitigation of curve squealing, which will provide excellent return on investment in the long-term.
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