DARMSTADT, Germany (October 21, 2021) – Brüel & Kjær Vibro (B&K Vibro), one of the leading worldwide independent suppliers of condition monitoring solutions for rotating machinery, and Stadler Rail have signed a long-term agreement to bring state-of-the-art condition monitoring to 606 rail carriages for the Berlin Underground (U-Bahn), in Germany.
The agreement includes supply of German-made vibration sensors and “Edge” devices that will constantly monitor bearings which are fitted to the rolling stock bogeys. Each carriage will be fitted with a system that provides predictive maintenance insights on the condition of each bearing, allowing Stadler to improve the performance and efficiency of trains, using state-of-the-art technologies to optimize maintenance schedules for each carriage, maintain uptime and reduce operating costs. This contract is worth several million Euros, and is based on the latest B&K Vibro VIBRO Condition Monitoring 3 (VCM-3) technology, bringing the “Internet of Things” to the U-Bahn.
Christian Klostermeier, Chief Commercial Officer of B&K Vibro, said: “We are proud that our VCM-3 system has been selected for this prestigious project and would like to thank Stadler for the trust they have placed in us. We look forward to a long and mutually successful relationship, helping to build efficient and reliable trains for the Berlin Underground”.
This project is an integral part of a recent project win by Stadler of the largest tender to date from the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) for the delivery of up to 1,500 new underground cars for use on the Berlin underground network. The framework agreement, of a total approximate value of up to three billion euros, is also one of the largest supply contracts ever awarded in Europe. The framework agreement includes a fixed minimum order quantity of 606 cars. Stadler will therefore supply 376 cars for two- to four-car vehicle units for the small and large profile sections of the network in a first call-off order from 2022 onwards. A further 230 cars have been ordered on a firm basis, but the corresponding call-off order will be placed at a later date.
Jure Mikolčić, CEO of Stadler in Germany, explained: “We are proud that BVG has decided to continue its successful cooperation with our company. Stadler always aims at offering state-of-the-art technologies to our customers in order to guarantee reliable, sustainable mobility solutions. By collaborating with Brüel & Kjær Vibro we bring the “Internet of things” to the Berlin metro-system, ensuring the highest efficiency and performance of the trains.”
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About Brüel & Kjær Vibro
Brüel & Kjær Vibro is the leading worldwide independent supplier of condition monitoring solutions for rotating machinery. The comprehensive product range comprises vibration sensors (acceleration, velocity and displacement), vibration monitors, handhelds and rack-based plant-wide integrated monitoring solutions. These products plus a suite of comprehensive services fulfil the most demanding applications for safety, condition and performance monitoring of rotating machinery.
Based on 60 years of experience and a world-wide sales and support network, Brüel & Kjær Vibro’s monitoring solutions have successfully reduced downtime and maintenance costs and increased machine reliability for our customers world-wide.
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About NSK Europe
NSK Europe Ltd. is the European organisation of the Tokyo-based bearing manufacturer NSK, which was founded in Japan in 1916 and today employs nearly 30,400 people in its worldwide operations. The products and solutions provided by the industrial and automotive supplier can be found wherever things move. In addition to nearly all types of rolling bearings, the company’s portfolio includes housed bearings, linear technology, wheel bearing units, transmission and engine bearings and steering systems. The company is oriented to perfection in all of its business activities. Its aim is quality leadership in its industry, which it strives for through a continuous process of improvement, excellent product development, optimised production processes and customer-oriented service processes. In fiscal year 2020, the more than 4,350 employees of NSK Europe Ltd. generated sales of over € 792 million.