Siemens Mobility GmbH, part of Siemens AG, has opened its first digital rail maintenance center: the Siemens Mobility RRX Rail Service Center.
Located in Dortmund-Eving, Germany, the new maintenance depot offers a very high level of digitalization in the rail industry, with advanced FDM 3D printing from Stratasys at the heart of the depot’s servicing operation.
Siemens Mobility has now eliminated the need for inventory of selected spare parts, reduced the manufacturing time of these parts by up to 95% and can now respond to all internal and customer demands seamlessly.
Renowned as Siemens Mobility’s flagship site, the RRX Rail Service Center is expecting around a hundred trains to enter the depot every month. This level of throughput puts pressure on the supply chain and requires robust manufacturing solutions that can fulfil the wide-ranging needs of customers quickly and cost-effectively. As a result, the company invested in a Stratasys Fortus 450mc Production 3D Printer to produce replacement parts and tooling on-demand.
Previously, Siemens would rely on traditional methods such as casting to meet customer demands.
Beyond 3D printed replacement parts, the team is using Stratasys 3D printing to increase its tooling capabilities.
19 September 2018