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Maintenance 4.0: DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung presents its digital portfolio at the International Railway Summit in Prague.

The 6th International Railway Summit, which took place in Prague from 21 to 23 February, focused on "Improving passenger experience and customer satisfaction". Stefan Geisperger, Senior Vice President Sales at DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung, described the digital solutions that his company has developed to optimise processes and improve vehicle availability to an audience including delegates from rail and rail infrastructure companies, vehicle owners and operators, technicians and policy makers from all over the world. The topic of his presentation was "Maintenance 4.0 @ DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung". 

He started by describing the potential applications and reliability of the Colibri IT solution as well as the cost reductions that it can be used to achieve. He also outlined the extent to which defect detectors on vehicles can improve vehicle availability and how 3D printing can be used to produce replacement parts more quickly than before. He then presented specific examples, including a 3D printed sand trap for the sanding gear of an electric locomotive. According to Geisperger, it is essential that processes at maintenance facilities are digitalised. He gave examples such as quality controls using online checklists, digital interfaces for measuring instruments, data warehouses and online vehicle diagnostics. 

DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung will also be attending the 7. International Railway Summit in Frankfurt from 20 to 22 February 2019.