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Innovative maintenance by applications can result in fewer delays
Innovative maintenance by applications can result in fewer delays

High Tech application for transport and industry

Published: 17 December 2012

eMaintenance is new research at Luleå University of Technology (LTU), which helps to develop innovative solutions for industry. One of these solutions is eMaintenance Cloud where industrial applications can be developed for efficient maintenance in areas such as railways, mining, road, air, paper and pulp. A new lab at the university to develop apps is to be inaugurated in January 2013

Ramin Karim, an assistant professor at the university
Ramin Karim, an assistant professor at the university

- You build an industrial application platform in our new eMaintenance Lab where different stakeholders in various industries can share information with each other in real time and ensure that the right information reaches the right recipient at the right time, says Ramin Karim, assistant professor in the operation and Maintenance Engineering at Luleå University of Technology.

These applications can for example help to minimize risks that trains stop in the winter due to lack of maintenance.

eMaintenance 2012 was inaugurated by LTU Vice Chancellor Johan Sterte
eMaintenance 2012 was inaugurated by LTU Vice Chancellor Johan Sterte

The new research area eMaintenance Cloud was presented at the International Conference eMaintenance 2012 where scientists from 12 countries met for three days. The whole basic idea of ​​a cloud (cloud) solution is efficient information support. It takes place in a completely new lab at the university, eMaintenance Lab, by building an industrial app platform that allows managing complex information and collaborate in real time. The need for this is large in both industry and the transport sector.

Christian Eriksson, the Swedish Transport Administration
Christian Eriksson, Head of Development and Facility design at the Swedish Transport Administration

- I think this is among the most important thing we can do research on now. We must solve it together in an industry collaboration, we need to research together by which we can win a lot, one thing is understanding between each other, we share the costs that are small in relation to what a stop can mean, says Christian Eriksson, Head of Development and Facility design at the Swedish Transport Administration.

Focus on maintenance is that huge right now that even the National Audit Office plans to do an analysis of the transport sector, in which also tracks and vehicle maintenance are covered. Operation and maintenance was also the subject of eManitenance 2012 organized by Luleå University of Technology which ended on Friday. The university, with its railway technical center JVTC and SKF University Technology Centre, is a leader in operation and maintenance and now also adding the new eMaintenance Lab to be inaugurated in early 2013, a lab that is not less requested by the industry.

- It is quite clear that there are many technologies that work together, that one needs to measure more efficiently, one needs to collect data, you need to analyze data better, you need to interconnect different systems because it's a multi-functional thing, says Tomas Lagerberg, research Manager at ABB, whose customers are in the process and manufacturing industries.

Laurence Earl Saab Technologies
Laurence Earl Saab Technologies

Within the Swedish defense industry demands are high on what they supply and thus on maintenance issues. High security and high availability are key concepts in the industry.

- If we are to make the right business model, we must have a close eye on the data, we need to understand what it is that we will deliver and if we misinterpret information or data then we are in a situation where we have a completely wrong model and it becomes very costly, says Laurence Earl, Saab Technologies.

If cooperation with LTU and eMaintenance Lab, he sees great advantages in processing large amounts of information.

- What our research with LTU aiming for is how to tie together the various sources of information in some sort of virtual environment, focusing on how to share data between different systems with a basically common language, he says.

Michael Pecht, University of Maryland, USA
Michael Pecht, University of Maryland, USA, is a leading global electronics researchers.

eMaintenance 2012 was attended by scientists from 12 countries, including one of the world's leading electronics researchers from the U.S. Michael Pecht, University of Maryland. He spoke among other things about what data breakdowns really costs the U.S. annually, namely 8 billion U.S. $. Another example to quantify the consequences of computer failures is that 152 flights in one year was canceled because of this. His research focuses among other things onto break down the electronics in their small components to measure and simulate and which also plays the human element into.