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
“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."