Optimised maintenance process and scheduling are a central issue in improving service reliability and operational effectiveness of bus systems. However, bus maintenance tasks are very often managed using basic procedures. The development of IT standards solutions and innovative technologies can offer new tools to change the diagnostic process of vehicle fleets and move from preventive to predictive maintenance approaches and eventually decrease garage and maintenance costs.
The key technological solutions that are going to be implemented and tested within the EBSF_2 Ravenna demonstration come from the needs of the local public transport company - START ROMAGNA – that operates public transport by bus in the Italian Provinces of Ravenna, Forlì-Cesena and Rimini. With a fleet of more than 700 buses running on a network of more than 2,100km, the operator transports almost 9M passengers per year. START ROMAGNA is hosting the Italian pilot site by making its facilities and fleet available to demonstration partners (PLUSERVICE, START ROMAGNA, MEL-SYSTEMS, METATRONIX, UNIROMA1, DIGIMOBEE, UITP) as well as allowing the installation of new equipment, such as lubricants’ quality sensors to optimise the usage of the engine oil, on board a fleet of buses which will be operating in real service, requiring 12 months to test the new components. The demonstration is led together with the service provider PLUSERVICE, an Italian software house with 30-year experience in Enterprise Resources Planning systems designed to integrate the processes management of a passenger transport company.
Photo: START ROMAGNA bus maintenance in Ravenna
Read the full article published in Eurotransport, issue 5, 2016: 'Testing the bus of the future'.