New technologies to the market are helping to alleviate some of these pain points, alerting rail personnel of the need to intervene before asset degradation becomes service affecting failure, allowing repairs to take place safely and efficiently during planned works. When catastrophic failure does occur – for example, cable theft – service affecting failures are unavoidable. These innovative technologies and processes can enable a faster, more targeted response, delivering a more effective reactive maintenance process, improving safety, reducing delay per incident and reducing costs.
Proactive Maintenance Solution – CableGuardian
CableGuardian, by Viper Innovations, is one such innovation in technology and process. It is a sophisticated cloud-hosted cable monitoring and fault diagnosis system, designed collaboratively by Network Rail and Viper Engineers, to prevent service affecting failures before they occur by delivering precise condition trending down to the individual cable level and accurately pinpointing fault locations and instances of cable theft or damage to reduce downtime to a minimum.
During a fault event or pre-set threshold being reached – whether due to vandalism, theft, cable degradation, vermin damage, or water ingress – the CableGuardian analytics package will send an immediate alert to fault control, the flight desk and maintenance teams. These tailored alarms and events provide faulting and maintenance staff the opportunity to identify the precise location of a lineside cable fault, which not only significantly reduces power downtime on the line but also provides the safety benefits of reducing the need to walk the line to test for and locate cable faults.