P&T Connected is the latest subsidiary established by Plasser & Theurer. Founded in January 2017, the company has taken on seven members of staff by now. Experts in computer science, physics, mathematics and statistics are part of the young team located at Campus Hagenberg of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. In Austria’s “Silicon Valley”, the focus is placed on recording, preparing and analysing data to make predictive maintenance become a reality for track maintenance machines.
For years, Plasser & Theurer machines have been optionally equipped with the remote diagnosis system PlasserDatamatic. Depending on the machine model, the machine can be retrofitted with the system as a machine upgrade. PlasserDatamatic allows the live monitoring of important data on the GPS position, working direction, engine, filling levels and hydraulic pressures. This makes it possible to access the current status of entire machine fleets from the office, living up to condition-based monitoring.
Providing highly valuable information, the data is stored to enable later access. Once it has been analysed, the data can be decoded and translated into specific instructions for condition-based maintenance. With this innovation, P&T Connected is breaking new ground in the railway industry.