Styrian Export Award 2022 for PJM

PJM was awarded the Styrian Export Prize. Our digital technology for efficient rail freight transport convinced the jury of experts, who included criteria such as degree of innovation, market potential, sustainability and local value creation in their assessment.

The award ceremony at the Aiola Castle was the highlight of the Styrian Export Day, which was organised by the ICS (Internationalisation Centre Styria). The awards in the three categories (small, medium and large enterprises) were presented by, among others, Barbara Eibinger-Miedl (member of the Styrian government), Josef Herk (President of WKO Styria) and Jürgen Roth (Supervisory Board Chairman of ICS).

This is already the 4th award for PJM this year. A strong signal for PJM's innovative strength, but also for the importance of modern, efficient and competitive rail freight transport.

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Mobile calibration test rig for instrumented wheelsets

Precision is the top priority in metrology, and calibration is a crucial factor. To ensure measurement reliability even for projects on site, PJM has developed a mobile calibration test stand. The advantages:

  • After reprofiling the measuring wheel sets, recalibration can be performed on site.
  • The new type of test stand enables unprecedented performance.
  • The test stand is easy to transport and is therefore ideally suited for worldwide use.

The mobile calibration test stand has already proven its worth during the first "field test" and was used in a project for the Rhaetian Railway. Thus we can react quickly and flexibly to customer requirements even under challenging conditions. 

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Optimised design for Stadler Rail AG

In the development of rail vehicles, a key factor is: as little material and weight as necessary, but as much load-bearing capacity as possible. Topology optimisation has been part of our everyday engineering work for years. Among others, Stadler Rail AG relies on our calculation know-how. In a current project, our engineering team is dealing with structural optimisation and strength verification of the wagon bodies of a local transport vehicle.

We think out of the box

We have a particularly effective and efficient engineering team, as experienced experts in design, calculation, simulation and certification work very closely together. Expanded by measurement technology specialists, we offer unique know-how in the product development of structural railway components. Our innovative strength is further enhanced by our distinctive out-of-the-box thinking: All engineering staff have many years of experience in the automotive and mechanical engineering sectors in addition to their railway activities. Therefore, we are not only engineering experts in rail transport, but also in projects in other sectors, such as the optimization of waste treatment plants or other mechanical engineering projects.

Best calculations for the future

With our concentrated knowledge in calculation, simulation and measurement, as an accredited testing laboratory we are well prepared when calculations and simulations are increasingly used for the approval of railway vehicles in the future. For all this, FprCEN/TS 17833:2022 comes into play, the "Guideline for the use of simulations to demonstrate compliance with technical and regulatory requirements".

We seamlessly dovetail our profound experience from worldwide test drives and approval trials with our engineering know-how. We link our empirical values from track tests with our design knowledge and thus create great added value for our customers.

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Technical article on condition based maintenance for intermodal train of Mercitalia

We have new reading material for you: The latest technical article in the German trade magazine "Eisenbahn Ingenieur" describes in detail how targeted monitoring saves costs, increases efficiency and enhances the safety of an intermodal train.

Technical article (in German language):

https://pjm.co.at/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2022/10/10_15_Petsching_Lorenzutti-Beleg-Web.pdf

 

 

Nightjets of ÖBB: Measuring wheel sets and approval tests

In future, a total of 33 Nightjets of the new Viaggio Next Level generation from Siemens Mobility will ensure comfortable and at the same time climate-friendly travel in Central Europe. For the approval of the newly developed passenger coaches, PJM is on board as an accredited test center according to ISO/IEC 17025. The Austrian system specialist was commissioned for the overall approval in cooperation with ÖBB. The contract specifically includes the instrumented wheel sets as well as the approval tests in the areas of running behavior, fatigue strength, acoustics and aerodynamics.

6 instrumented wheel sets were developed and manufactured in Graz and then installed in the test vehicle at the ÖBB plant in Vienna. The test runs started in autumn 2021. The test train is in use throughout the entire Austrian rail network. To evaluate derailment safety, the first approval tests started in the field of running behavior, after which the bogies were upgraded for the test runs in the area fatigue strength. Finally, high-speed measurements follow for the aerodynamics area. The acoustic tests will complete the approval tests. "For an extensive project like this, it is above all our metrology expertise and experience in bringing together all specialist areas that prove their worth. Our flexibility and routine, which we have gained from our numerous international projects, are also essential. Due to the weather, there are always changes in procedures, for example during test runs in winter on the Arlberg at 1,000 m above sea level," explains Martin Joch, CEO of PJM. "A good collaboration with the project partners is also immensely important in large-scale projects. The cooperation with ÖBB's measurement group is excellent."

Get more in the media release:

https://pjm.co.at/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2022/10/10-2022-Presse-Info-Nightjets-PJM-Web2-EN.pdf

 

 

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InnoTrans 2022: PJM presents rail freight solutions

Our innovations will be presented at InnoTrans! We look forward to meeting you in person and talking shop about the current topics in the industry and our solutions in digital rail freight transport, vehicle testing according to ISO/IEC 17025 and engineering. Live in Berlin - we look forward to seeing you!

 

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Technical article ETR: Smart rail maintenance in the Barelona metro

The ideal summer reading: The technical article published by the renowned railway magazine ETR and produced by experts on the subject of milling technology from voestalpine Track Solutions Germany GmbH and from our measurement technology team. The new and unique concept involves network-wide recording of the rail condition with the aid of state-of-the-art sensor technology. Subsequently, targeted rail milling work is carried out on tracks and switches. The project was awarded the Austrian State Prize for Engineering Consulting in the spring.

Get the full article (in German language): https://pjm.co.at/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2022/08/ETR_Schieneninstandhaltung_Barcelona_voestalpine_PJM0322Web.pdf

Summer retreat at PJM: 9x internship

Every year: This year, too, we cordially welcome 9 interns who will strengthen our team during the summer weeks. They come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds. Our interns are studying different subjects at technical high schools, high shools and studies. We find that holiday jobs are doubly enriching: We are happy about fresh ideas and young people get a first insight into company structures, teamwork and our technologies.

The first three interns started in July, and in August we will be actively supported by six more. Welcome to PJM! 

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DB Cargo pilot train with automated brake testing has started parallel operation at MEG

Automated brake testing is also picking up speed in Germany. A pilot train with the automated brake testing system has been put into parallel operation by DB Cargo at Mitteldeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH (MEG). The technology has been developed by PJM and has been regarded as the European reference system since the positive evaluation by TÜV. The automated brake test meets all technical and formal criteria as well as safety-relevant specifications. The next step of the approved system is the roll-out. The brake test system is also designed for further automation steps. Thanks to the energy-autonomous and efficient power supply and local radio system, the system is now available and can be used flexibly for retrofit and new vehicles. The modular design ensures compatibility with future DAC. Depending on the operating grade, the brake test will be carried out automatically 4 - 6 times a day or around 1,800 times a year.

The automated brake test is an important component in making rail freight transport more efficient, faster and more attractive. The automated system creates efficiency: the time saved for a 400-meter freight train is around 2 x 35 minutes and the process can be carried out by the locomotive driver or wagon master alone. This is a major advantage from the perspective of the future labour market. The shortage of skilled workers and shunting personnel will increase in the coming years due to demographic developments. "It's high time to replace outdated work and tedious manual tasks with automated processes. Automation brings the urgently needed efficiency boost as well as increasing the profitability of rail transport. And it creates attractive job profiles," says Günter Petschnig, CEO of PJM.

 

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