Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Siemens inventors awarded for innovative railway technology

04.12.2014

Ralf Beyer and Peter Faubel are two of the twelve employees who have won the Siemens “Inventor of the Year 2014” award. Both are active in the field of railway technology and together have over 90 patents to their credit. Their clever ideas have spawned products that make the web-based maintenance of rail vehicles possible or which use wireless communication to optimize the power consumption of classification yards.

Web-based maintenance of rail vehicles


Ralf Beyer has now invented a web-based service for rail vehicles – a kind of virtual “drill”.


Peter Faubel has modified wheel sensors in a manner that enables them to

wirelessly transmit data on rail-car positions as trains pass over them.

When it comes to maintaining rail vehicles, technicians have to deal with as many as 200 interlinked control devices from different manufacturers. Until now, technicians have had to carry up to 20 different cables on their maintenance assignments and have about 60 various software programs installed on their notebooks. Ralf Beyer, system architect at the Mobility Division in Erlangen, Germany, wanted to alleviate this situation with the aid of a web-based service for rail vehicles.

It was Beyer’s idea to import the software directly into the components of the vehicle control system. This eliminates the need for all those cables because it enables technicians to work with any web-capable mobile terminals to virtually “get inside” the individual components of the control system and take the diagnostics drill-down approach to get to the source of the problem – wirelessly and with only one program. This web-based service will be employed for the first time in the British Desiro City “Thameslink” fleets, in the new ICx high-speed trains for Deutsche Bahn (DB), and in the Desiro ÖBB multiple units for Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB).

The inventor intended not only to make work more efficient for the technicians, but also to improve service for the drivers. For example, as soon as a problem occurs on board the vehicle, the driver is informed and instructed how to react to it by means of a user interface that was newly designed by Beyer.

Wireless communication reduces the power consumption of classification yards

Constant monitoring of switching operations in classification yards is necessary in order to know which trains are standing where and how many there are. Every freight train has a characteristic profile that is based on the number and spacing of the axles of its cars. Wheel detectors arranged in the tracks of the yard allow trains to be identified relatively easily. Peter Faubel developed these devices even further to enable them to communicate the measured data of the passing trains wirelessly. The detectors register when a wheel passes over them. Based on the time interval between the first and the second contact, the inbuilt processor determines directly at the track whether the train has come from the left or right, how many axles and cars it has, and – derived from the axle spacing – what types of car are in the train formation.

The devices are equipped with a battery or a solar panel and accumulator to supply power for the radio link and the wheel detectors. Owing to the extremely low power consumption of the new system, the devices can remain in operation for many years without needing any maintenance. The previously required and expensive cabling of the detectors has been eliminated. The new device is currently undergoing testing in the tracks at the Port of Karlsruhe on the Rhine, Germany.

Innovations safeguard the technological future and success of the company

Since 1995, Siemens has been presenting its annual “Inventor of the Year” award to outstanding researchers and developers whose inventions make a major contribution to the success of the company. Compared to the previous year, the number of Siemens patents in 2014 rose by ten percent to around 64,500 – also thanks to the twelve winners of the “Inventor of the Year 2014” award and their combined total of 900 inventions and 842 individual patent grants.


Detailed portraits of the inventors and their innovations, as well as photographs are available at:
www.siemens.com/press/inventors2014

Editor
Ellen Schramke
+49 30 386 22370
ellen.schramke@siemens.com

Katharina Ebert
+49 89 636 636 802
katharina.ebert@siemens.com

Ellen Schramke | Siemens InnovationNews
Further information:
http://www.siemens.com/innovation/de

More articles from Awards Funding:

nachricht Eduard Arzt receives highest award from German Materials Society
21.09.2017 | INM - Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien gGmbH

nachricht Six German-Russian Research Groups Receive Three Years of Funding
12.09.2017 | Hermann von Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren

All articles from Awards Funding >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Highly precise wiring in the Cerebral Cortex

Our brains house extremely complex neuronal circuits, whose detailed structures are still largely unknown. This is especially true for the so-called cerebral cortex of mammals, where among other things vision, thoughts or spatial orientation are being computed. Here the rules by which nerve cells are connected to each other are only partly understood. A team of scientists around Moritz Helmstaedter at the Frankfiurt Max Planck Institute for Brain Research and Helene Schmidt (Humboldt University in Berlin) have now discovered a surprisingly precise nerve cell connectivity pattern in the part of the cerebral cortex that is responsible for orienting the individual animal or human in space.

The researchers report online in Nature (Schmidt et al., 2017. Axonal synapse sorting in medial entorhinal cortex, DOI: 10.1038/nature24005) that synapses in...

Im Focus: Tiny lasers from a gallery of whispers

New technique promises tunable laser devices

Whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonators are used to make tiny micro-lasers, sensors, switches, routers and other devices. These tiny structures rely on a...

Im Focus: Ultrafast snapshots of relaxing electrons in solids

Using ultrafast flashes of laser and x-ray radiation, scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (Garching, Germany) took snapshots of the briefest electron motion inside a solid material to date. The electron motion lasted only 750 billionths of the billionth of a second before it fainted, setting a new record of human capability to capture ultrafast processes inside solids!

When x-rays shine onto solid materials or large molecules, an electron is pushed away from its original place near the nucleus of the atom, leaving a hole...

Im Focus: Quantum Sensors Decipher Magnetic Ordering in a New Semiconducting Material

For the first time, physicists have successfully imaged spiral magnetic ordering in a multiferroic material. These materials are considered highly promising candidates for future data storage media. The researchers were able to prove their findings using unique quantum sensors that were developed at Basel University and that can analyze electromagnetic fields on the nanometer scale. The results – obtained by scientists from the University of Basel’s Department of Physics, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute, the University of Montpellier and several laboratories from University Paris-Saclay – were recently published in the journal Nature.

Multiferroics are materials that simultaneously react to electric and magnetic fields. These two properties are rarely found together, and their combined...

Im Focus: Fast, convenient & standardized: New lab innovation for automated tissue engineering & drug

MBM ScienceBridge GmbH successfully negotiated a license agreement between University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) and the biotech company Tissue Systems Holding GmbH about commercial use of a multi-well tissue plate for automated and reliable tissue engineering & drug testing.

MBM ScienceBridge GmbH successfully negotiated a license agreement between University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) and the biotech company Tissue Systems...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

“Lasers in Composites Symposium” in Aachen – from Science to Application

19.09.2017 | Event News

I-ESA 2018 – Call for Papers

12.09.2017 | Event News

EMBO at Basel Life, a new conference on current and emerging life science research

06.09.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Comet or asteroid? Hubble discovers that a unique object is a binary

21.09.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

Cnidarians remotely control bacteria

21.09.2017 | Life Sciences

Monitoring the heart's mitochondria to predict cardiac arrest?

21.09.2017 | Health and Medicine

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>