Perpetuum Wins 2014 Railway Industry Innovation Award

Perpetuum, together with Southeastern Railways (London), won the 2014

Railway Industry Innovation Award for Engineering and Safety. The Railway Industry

Innovation Award is considered one of the top national awards in the rail industry.

Baroness Kramer, Minister of State for Transport, presided over the event where both

companies were recognised for their collaboration to develop a new system that aided

Southeastern Railway’s Condition Based Maintenance (CBM). Perpetuum’s technology is an

industry first that uses a system powered by harvesting vibration energy to measure wheelbearing

degradation.

 

“Our selection for this award demonstrates the confidence, support, belief and proof in the real

benefits of our services and products,” shared Steve Turley, Perpetuum CEO. “This

technology can aid in extending rail asset life, increase operational function, and improve

safety due to better anticipating failures.”

 

The Perpetuum system provides a Bearing Health Index (BHI) that allows the technical team

at Southeastern to monitor bearing wear with live data. Up to 1.8 million sets of temperature

and vibration data are collected each day, and refined into the BHI readings for easier

analysis. Automatic email alerts are sent to the technical team when vibration levels move

beyond set parameters.

 

"With a growing skills shortage and increasing traffic demands through unprecedented

investment, there is a heightened need to raise productivity in the depots over the coming five

years," shared Justin Southcombe, Perpetuum Commercial Director. "Condition Based

Maintenance will be part of the solution through enhanced prioritisation of work, the

mechanisation of asset inspection, and the automaton of analysis."