A challenging task of designing a system for overall management, inspections recording and proactive track and related assets maintenance in order to improve Track assets reliability.
Being a customized Track Assets Management tool, Track Management System is a single point destination for all needs of Track Assets information and maintenance.
TMS includes various assets and miscellaneous masters, inspection and progress entry options to capture data from various users on different levels.
TMS deals with two types of Inspections (Direct & Indirect). Direct inspections cover Push Trolley/Motor Trolley Inspection, Rear Vehicle/Foot Plate Inspection, LWR, Points & Crossing etc. Indirect inspections are done through various kinds of machines like OMS(Oscillation Monitoring System), TRC (Track Recording Cars), and USFD (Ultrasonic flaw detection) etc.
Track Diagram is a pictorial depiction of track structure data such as Rails, Sleepers, Ballast, Fastenings, Bridges, Tunnels, Curves etc.
Apart from track structure details, Track diagram also shows the following details which are critical for making any decision:
• PSR (Permanent Speed Restriction)
• Track Machine Deployment
• Fracture Details
• USFD (Ultrasonic Flaw Detection) defects
• Traffic Density (Yearly GMT)
• Track Geometry Index (TGI) as recorded by TRC Machines
Stores related to P-Way maintenance are spread all over and keeping track, optimum utilization and proper inventory management is very difficult. Normally periodic returns are in backlog. Balancing of excess and shortfall of materials at two places is difficult due to lack of centralized information. Putting all store management on IT enabled platform has emerged as only solution. Inventory holding units numbering almost 3000 all over the country are linked at one platform. This will enable optimization, balancing of inventory and disposal of scrap.
Fracture analysis module is decision support related as it shows number of fractures based on various parameters This gives immense flexibility to take decisions. Apart from this, facility has been provided to compare fracture results with previous dates so that historical analysis can also be done.
TMS application integrates with IOT devices to capture correct and real time data. There are various Track parameters like: a) Alignment b) Twist c) Gauge d) Unevenness e) TGI (Track Geometry Index).TRC Machines capture track parameters and send to TMS application.
Through this module, Analysis report for level crossing analysis can be generated for due overhauling on any specified date. Hence planning can be done in advance so that operating condition of every single level crossing can be maintained.
Field sensor devices have been installed on selected locations as a POC for measuring rail temperature and bridge water level on major/important bridges. System has been developed to receive data from these field sensor devices on real time basis for taking corrective action in advance.
TMS system is becoming a single source of information/knowledge management for various relevant documents such as Railway Board Circulars, Zonal Circulars, Important Instructions, and Important letters etc. which are being uploaded by designated officials and are being consumed by everyone in the hierarchy.
Periodical Confidential Demi Official report contains full statistics of a particular department regarding targets, execution, achievement, comparison to previous statements and reasons for shortcomings and strategies to be adopted for certain improvement in future. The performances of Railways are scrutinized department wise and reported to immediate higher level by an official letter called Periodical Confidential Demi Official letters. These reports are between various Divisions to Zonal Railways and further to Railway Board.
Through this system, alerts being sent to all concerned, right from Jr. Engineer in field up to Railway Board based on the severity of track asset conditions, inspection short falls, testing short falls etc.
Mobile version of TMS Application has also been developed to use this system on mobile & tablets and has turned out to be very useful for senior management and officials on the move. Important information and reports are made available through this mobile version which includes rail fracture analysis, IMR welds, overdue Ultrasonic testing, track machine working reports & Engineering Control's morning position etc.