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Siemens Brings 'Internet of Trains' to Delaware Facility

With Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons (both D-DE) in attendance, Siemens opened a locomotive service facility in New Castle, DE, that will provide the latest in “Internet of Trains” digital and predictive technology for its service technicians.

The 44,000-square-foot facility will operate as Siemens’ digital service support, supply chain and technical field training hub in the region. From this location, employees will train service technicians and remotely monitor more than 140 Siemens-built locomotives for customers including Amtrak, the Maryland Transit Administration, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Illinois DOT and Brightline, soon to enter service in Florida.

“When Americans have access to reliable train travel, they tend to take advantage of it. Siemens’ new center—right here in New Castle, Delaware—will help make rail service more reliable by using cutting-edge technology to service and build new locomotives at a faster pace and higher volume,” said Carper. “Our nation’s railways are critical elements to our country’s infrastructure system, which helps us to compete and win in the global economy.”

Coons said, “The fourth industrial revolution is happening right now with Siemens in Delaware. … America deserves a great transportation network and I believe that companies like Siemens will help get us there.”

Sens. Tom Carper, left, and Chris Coons speak with Siemens USA CEO Judy Marks at opening ceremonies for the company’s locomotive service facility in New Castle, DE.

Siemens USA Chief Executive Officer Judy Marks called the new facility “a key investment for Siemens in our largest market in the world.” She continued, “Siemens’ locomotives now come out of our U.S. manufacturing plants born digital; they’re computers on steel wheels that constantly collect data. Now, in New Castle, our technicians and engineers will make this data actionable for our customers. That’s major value added for railroads striving for even higher levels of safety and reliability.”

Members of Siemens’ Digital Rail Services team will remotely collect and analyze more than 800 data points from each locomotive every day, including information on equipment health, operational metrics and environmental data made available by automatic, continuous streaming from the locomotive.

The team will also use virtual reality technology for maintenance training on locomotive equipment running worldwide. Using virtual reality goggles and handheld controls, the service technician can virtually stand inside a locomotive and use the controls to work on switches, components and panels.
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