VTG relies on automation of brake testing with PJM

VTG, Europe's leading private operator of freight wagons, will offer PJM's automatic brake testing system as a project-related equipment option. VTG is thus consistently pursuing its digitalisation strategy in order to achieve further increases in efficiency in the handling of freight trains.

Automatic brake testing is a crucial factor in the preparation of freight trains, as it is obligatory to check the brakes each time a change is made to the wagon configuration or the wagon is stationary for more than 24 hours. Hence, the potential savings for railway companies in this time-consuming process are high, both in terms of human labour and costs.

Since 2017, the technology developed by PJM and SBB Cargo has been successfully tested in pilot freight trains. Based on this extensive testing, VTG will make this system available as an equipment option. The expansion of the equipment portfolio with the automatic brake test system supports the integration of the Digital Automatic Coupling (DAC) and represents another important step in the digitalisation strategy of both companies.

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Technical article on the load monitoring system in the magazine "Der Eisenbahningenieur"

A deep insight into the automated load monitoring system is provided by the German magazine “Der Eisenbahningenieur”. Get more on the technical design of the LoadMonitor, benefits for the loading process and medium-term and longrun positive effects.

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Privatbahn: Focus on the automated load monitoring system

The special interest magazine reports on the multiple features provided by the load monitoring system and its benefits for wagon keepers and fleet operators (in German language). 






InnoTrans 2018 – PJM presented numerous novelties

At the international trade fair InnoTrans in Berlin, PJM presented novelties of its main business fields:

  • „WaggonTracker“ was the focus in terms of rail freight digitalisation. The monitoring system „WaggonTracker“ is the state-of-the-art solution for intelligent wagon trains. In regards of digitalisation of business processes, PJM presented next steps of „automated brake trials“, which is developed by the innovation’s alliance of SBB Cargo, RCG, Mercitalia and PJM.
  • In the field of engineering, the innovative freight wagon „TransAnt“ of RCG was presented at the open-air exhibition ground. PJM was in charge of topology optimisation.
  • PJM informed of its comprehensive portfolio of accredited testing facility.

More than 150.000 people from 149 countries visited the international trade show of mobility in Berlin, which is one of the leading international trade fairs.


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