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Case Studies

Rolling Stock Train Operator Case Studies

 

Door Diagnostics

The Door Diagnostics Unit (DDU) enables remote monitoring of train doors through the use of inductively coupled telemetry. It is a low cost solution that delivers “health indicators” on the doors that allow effective and targeted interventions to be made.

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Code Conversion Unit

The new Unipart Rail Code Conversion Unit has been proven in service to improve reliability, reduce power consumption, reduce mass and reduce potential failure modes.

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Eurostar - Re-usable kitting solution

Eurostar required a solution for the supply of materials that would reduce time, procurement activities and storage optimisation. Unipart Rails re-useable kitting system significantly reduced the time taken to complete the overhaul operation.

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Hinged Light Diffusers

Northern Rail had a number of reported driver complaints about draughts in the driver’s cab of the Class 150 vehicles. Unipart Rail provided a solution to the challenge through the design of a new diffuser panel.

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Dampers for B10 Bogie (MK3 Fleets)

Unipart Rail, in conjunction with SV dampers from Finland, were set the challenge of developing a new damper to replace the existing Woodhead and Pegasus units, fitted to BT 10 bogies.

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Train Operating Company Case Studies

 

South West Trains - Lean Depot Stores

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Unipart Rail have increased the efficiency and effectiveness of South West Train's stores, enabling them to improve their service to production and reducing visits to the stores by 54%.

Freightliner approached Unipart Rail as they were opening a new depot and were looking for an innovative solution that would support their maintenance activities. Unipart Rail’s SmartServe solution provides a flexible and scalable solution that can be fine-tuned to customer requirements.

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Freightliner - SmartServe Solution

 

MTM - Supply Chain Diagnostics

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Metro Trains Melbourne PTY ltd approached Unipart Rail's Expert practitioners to complete a  diagnostic across their total supply chain, using their structured and standardised approach.

 

Sydney Trains - Depot Stores Diagnostic

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Irish Rail - Transforming the Supply Chain

Unipart Rail's Expert Practitioners worked with the UGL Maintrain team, following a structured methodology to complete a detailed diagnostic across the supply chain operations at the Sydney facility.

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Sydney Trains engaged Unipart Rail to undertake a diagnostic study at their 7 light maintenance depot stores operations. Results included cost savings of 20% and increased material availability from 80% to 98%.

Yarra Trams Transformation

As part of the biggest tram depot redevelopment in Melbourne’s history, Unipart Rail and Unipart Expert Practices worked together to provide full support during the transformation of the site.

 

Southern - Performance through Engagement

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Northern - Performance through Engagement

Unipart Rail conducted a strategic review of the spares and storage capacity across all Southern depots. Improvements resulted in an additional 40% storage capacity within the existing footprint.

As a result of the Unipart Rail programme, Northern Rail have produced excellent improvements in reliability and availability. These include 50% reduction in open defects and 46% reduction in time.

 

Door Diagnostics

The Door Diagnostics Unit (DDU) enables remote monitoring of train doors through the use of inductively coupled telemetry. It is a low cost solution that delivers “health indicators” on the doors that allow effective and targeted interventions to be made.

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Code Conversion Unit

The new Unipart Rail Code Conversion Unit has been proven in service to improve reliability, reduce power consumption, reduce mass and reduce potential failure modes.

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Eurostar - Re-usable kitting solution

Eurostar required a solution for the supply of materials that would reduce time, procurement activities and storage optimisation. Unipart Rails re-useable kitting system significantly reduced the time taken to complete the overhaul operation.

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Hinged Light Diffusers

Northern Rail had a number of reported driver complaints about draughts in the driver’s cab of the Class 150 vehicles. Unipart Rail provided a solution to the challenge through the design of a new diffuser panel.

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Dampers for B10 Bogie (MK3 Fleets)

Unipart Rail, in conjunction with SV dampers from Finland, were set the challenge of developing a new damper to replace the existing Woodhead and Pegasus units, fitted to BT 10 bogies.

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Southern - Fiber ProTector

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The Fiber ProTector™ product is being implemented by Southern Rail across their entire fleet based on the results achieved, which include a 75% reduction in the  time taken to clean vehicles during  turnaround operations.

 

Yarra Trams Visualisation Hub

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Yarra Trams engaged Unipart Rail to assist in the development of a Corporate Visual Management room at their new integrated head office.

 

Southern - Lean Transformation

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The Unipart standard improvement methodology is being used across all sites to help drive a standard way of working. Benefits include 100% improvement to Wheel Lathe productivity and a 52% reduction in lead time.

Freight Operating Company Case Studies

Freightliner approached Unipart Rail as they were opening a new depot and were looking for an innovative solution that would support their maintenance activities. Unipart Rail’s SmartServe solution provides a flexible and scalable solution that can be fine-tuned to customer requirements.

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Freightliner - SmartServe Solution

Train Builder Case Studies

 

Siemens - Performance through Engagement

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UGL Maintrain - Supply Chain Diagnostic

Unipart Rail's Expert Practitioners worked with the UGL Maintrain team, following a structured methodology to complete a detailed diagnostic across the supply chain operations at the Sydney facility.

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Siemens Traincare staff attended Unipart Expert Practices 1 week Lean Academy, to learn how to implement lean tools and techniques within their project. Results include 98% increase in material availability.

 

Door Diagnostics

The Door Diagnostics Unit (DDU) enables remote monitoring of train doors through the use of inductively coupled telemetry. It is a low cost solution that delivers “health indicators” on the doors that allow effective and targeted interventions to be made.

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TPWSfour - Product Innovation

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Hinged Light Diffusers

Northern Rail had a number of reported driver complaints about draughts in the driver’s cab of the Class 150 vehicles. Unipart Rail provided a solution to the challenge through the design of a new diffuser panel.

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Dampers for B10 Bogie (MK3 Fleets)

Unipart Rail, in conjunction with SV dampers from Finland, were set the challenge of developing a new damper to replace the existing Woodhead and Pegasus units, fitted to BT 10 bogies.

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Unipart Rail's TPWSfour© control units are designed to fit in the same space envelope as the existing TPWS system - reducing the headache of finding additional space for system components.

 

Siemens - Spares Support Bogie Overhaul

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Unipart Rail was awarded a prestigious contract to overhaul 450 Siemens Class 444 bogies over a 13 month period. The output requirement was 10 bogies per week within a  5 day turnaround.

Freightliner approached Unipart Rail as they were opening a new depot and were looking for an innovative solution that would support their maintenance activities. Unipart Rail’s SmartServe solution provides a flexible and scalable solution that can be fine-tuned to customer requirements.

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Freightliner - SmartServe Solution

Rolling Stock Maintainer and Overhauler Case Studies

 

South West Trains - Lean Depot Stores

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Unipart Rail have increased the efficiency and effectiveness of South West Train's stores, enabling them to improve their service to production and reducing visits to the stores by 54%.

 

UGL Maintrain - Supply Chain Diagnostic

Unipart Rail's Expert Practitioners worked with the UGL Maintrain team, following a structured methodology to complete a detailed diagnostic across the supply chain operations at the Sydney facility.

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Yarra Trams Transformation

As part of the biggest tram depot redevelopment in Melbourne’s history, Unipart Rail and Unipart Expert Practices worked together to provide full support during the transformation of the site.

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Siemens - Performance through Engagement

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Siemens Traincare staff attended Unipart Expert Practices 1 week Lean Academy, to learn how to implement lean tools and techniques within their project. Results include 98% increase in material availability.

 

Metro Trains and Inver

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Unipart Rail provided the INVER team with hands on support, training and coaching, enabling them to produce excellent results and savings including a cost reduction of 38% as a result of a reduction in man hours.

 

Southern - Performance through Engagement

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Unipart Rail conducted a strategic review of the spares and storage capacity across all Southern depots. Improvements resulted in an additional 40% storage capacity within the existing footprint.

Freightliner approached Unipart Rail as they were opening a new depot and were looking for an innovative solution that would support their maintenance activities. Unipart Rail’s SmartServe solution provides a flexible and scalable solution that can be fine-tuned to customer requirements.

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Freightliner - SmartServe Solution

 

Siemens - Spares Support Bogie Overhaul

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Unipart Rail was awarded a prestigious contract to overhaul 450 Siemens Class 444 bogies over a 13 month period. The output requirement was 10 bogies per week within a  5 day turnaround.

 

Eurostar - Re-usable kitting solution

Eurostar required a solution for the supply of materials that would reduce time, procurement activities and storage optimisation. Unipart Rails re-useable kitting system significantly reduced the time taken to complete the overhaul operation.

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TrackPan Installation - Perth Depot

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Unipart Rail's TrackPan system is being used by ScotRail and Network Rail in Perth on a new carriage wash facility, providing a preventative measure for waste water and other contaminants entering the ballast, without disturbing the track.

 

Hinged Light Diffusers

Northern Rail had a number of reported driver complaints about draughts in the driver’s cab of the Class 150 vehicles. Unipart Rail provided a solution to the challenge through the design of a new diffuser panel.

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Dampers for B10 Bogie (MK3 Fleets)

Unipart Rail, in conjunction with SV dampers from Finland, were set the challenge of developing a new damper to replace the existing Woodhead and Pegasus units, fitted to BT 10 bogies.

Read More

 

Door Diagnostics

The Door Diagnostics Unit (DDU) enables remote monitoring of train doors through the use of inductively coupled telemetry. It is a low cost solution that delivers “health indicators” on the doors that allow effective and targeted interventions to be made.

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Contractor Case Studies

 

VolkerRail- Supply Chain Services

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The Unipart Rail team went the Extra Mile for VolkerRail, providing them with a continuous supply of materials and full support during a Christmas ‘blockade’.

 

Alstom - Materials Reclamation

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Staffordshire Alliance - Offsite Factory

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When Alstom were planning to de-mobilise their Peterborough stores, they turned to Unipart Rail to manage the process, dealing with 230 pallets and 11 artic loads of materials as well as 9 x 20 yd skips of waste.

Unipart Rail developed a 'one stop shop' solution for The Staffordshire Alliance to solve the problems they faced when fabricating and storing complex overhead line equipment.

 

London Underground - Depot Management

Unipart Rail created a ‘Model Line’ satellite depot for London Underground. The new system provided them with Underground with greater understanding of their ‘product flow’ procedures and the practicality of the depot layout was drastically improved.

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Atkins - Relocatable Equipment Buildings

Unipart Rail’s specially designed equipment minimises trackside installation time and the carefully co-ordinated logistics process ensures a safe environment for all workers.

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Babcock Commissioning Spares

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Babcock was delivering the Coleraine to Derry~ Londonderry project in Northern Ireland and needed a reliable supply chain provider to support the entire project delivery.

 

Balfour Beatty - Remote Warehouse

Unipart Rail reduced Balfour Beatty’s stockholding by 95% and stock value by over £140,000 within a year, with availability and performance increasing at the same time.

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Infrastructure Owner Case Studies

 

Network Rail - Partnering Renewals

During the Wigan to Preston Blockade, Unipart Rail’s procurement and supplier management skills, meant that all materials were procured, and made available at the right places, at the right time.

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MTM - Supply Chain Diagnostics

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Metro Trains Melbourne PTY ltd approached Unipart Rail's Expert practitioners to complete a  diagnostic across their total supply chain, using their structured and standardised approach.

 

London Underground - Depot Management

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Unipart Rail created a ‘Model Line’ satellite depot for London Underground. The new system provided them with Underground with greater understanding of their ‘product flow’ procedures and the practicality of the depot layout was drastically improved.

 

Babcock Commissioning Spares

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Babcock was delivering the Coleraine to Derry~ Londonderry project in Northern Ireland and needed a reliable supply chain provider to support the entire project delivery.

 

Sydney Trains - Order Process

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Sydney Trains - Skills Capture

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Sydney Trains engaged Unipart Rail to reduce overall lead times. By understanding each product and the risk associated with each item, Unipart Rail were able to reduce the risk from 70% of all products down to 18%.

The Rail Equipment Centre had identified a business risk due to an aging workforce with either none or very little capture of skills for the manufacture of its products. Unipart Rail were able to reduce the risk from 70% of all products down to 18%.

 

Zero Maintenance Signalling

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Unipart Dorman lightweight signals now are designated ‘self-cleaning’ and require no visits for signals in locations where they are exposed to free falling rain. It is estimated that this will reduce maintenance costs by over £4,061,000 over the life of the signals.

 

Network Rail - Point Machine Refurbishment

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WigWag Innovation

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Unipart Rail mobilised its Innovation Centres of Excellence to develop a complete new WigWag which not only had much higher luminous intensity, but also an improved ‘tilt’ mechanism for local adjustment.

The partnership approach to the point machine repair process has achieved a cost saving for Network Rail of £750,000 against the purchase of new machines, an overall saving of 50%.