Positive developments for Frauscher in Poland
Ever since the foundation of Frauscher Polska Sp. z o.o., the polish railway market’s trust in the company’s products has increased. Active partnerships, for example with experts such as SIG-MONT, underlined this positive trend. Now a next step has been set in these companies relationship, as Frauscher acquired a major share of SIG-MONT.
Joint products for specific requirements
Many years of close cooperation formed a solid base for this. SIG-MONT received the certificate for operating a specifically developed line block system based on the Frauscher Axle Counting System ACS2000 on Polish railways.
“Uniting two companies that work with joint products means being able to work on projects with a better focus. But it also means uniting know-how from both ends – which allows for even more customised solutions and an optimised integration of components into new and existing systems”, Andrzej Bartnik, Managing Director of Frauscher Polska, says. He has taken on his role only in September 2018, but brings 22 years of experience within the railway industry and is very familiar with the company and its products.
Developing specific solutions together
Speaking their customer’s language to provide the best service on-site has always been an important principle for Frauscher. “With SIG-MONT being present as a Frauscher company we will for sure be able to further strengthen our position in this market”, Bartnik explains. “Frauscher is a name that has become indispensable in Poland, when it comes to track vacancy detection and various other railway applications. Now we made sure that this will not change in future. Therefore, I trust this acquisition was an important step in serving the Polish railway market with high quality solutions”, he concludes.
Job meets family – in physical form at the Frauscher India family day
Towards the end of the year, Frauscher India provided all employees and their families with a special occasion: They invited them to celebrate a special family day. “This was a perfect possibility for our colleagues to introduce their partners and kids to what Frauscher does – and to what they are dealing with every day”, Alok Sinha, Managing Director Frauscher India, resumes.
According to this, a short presentation on the company’s latest activities and developments was given to start with the day. After that, things got more practical: All kids had the chance to give it a try with the soldering iron. In cooperation with their parents, they assembled some circuit boards with LED lights and other components. This was done in form of a competition – and in the end, the fastest solder was awarded with a special gift.
“This was the perfect transition to the fun part of this Family day”, Sinha tells. “The GK Hill View Resort, where we gathered, provided a perfectly equipped outdoor area”, he explains. There, all families spent a great afternoon in the pool, playing table tennis, riding quad bikes or just hanging out and relaxing. And it wasn’t just the kids that enjoyed the day really much – when everybody was set to leave, they all agreed that this is crying out for a repeat.
5th WDF: 5-7 June 2019, Vienna (AT)
From 5-7 June 2019, the WDF will go into the next round. The renowned branch meeting will again take place in Vienna, Austria. Under the top line “Intelligent sensing and tracking”, more than 250 experts from all over the globe are expected to gather. In the conference’s yet so much appreciated atmosphere, they will discuss latest trends and developments as well as opportunities and ideas regarding innovative sensing and tracking solutions for train localisation and asset condition monitoring.
Presenting innovative solutions at ExpoRail India
From 8-9 February, Frauscher India Pvt. Ltd. will participate in ExpoRail in New Delhi for the very first time. The exhibition is a great opportunity for Frauscher to strengthen the business relationship in this market.
At the stand, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about further developed applications of Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. Train tracking as a main application now offers enhanced accuracy and reliability on speed, direction and detection of the front/rear end of a train. Continuous asset condition monitoring (ACM) provides insight into the change of the condition of various components when trains are passing. Additionally, the well-proven Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC will be showcased. Frauscher axle counters are able to provide higher-level systems with a broad range of information beyond just train detection.
Visit Frauscher on stand C40 and get more information on our innovative developments. Our experts are looking forward to interesting ideas and discussions.
Review and outlook: Frauscher USA exhibits strong growth
Frauscher has had an active presence in North America for three years now. Vivek Caroli, Managing Director Frauscher Sensor Technology USA Inc. takes a look back – and forward.
In just three years, his team has grown to a headcount of 10 employees – plus one colleague who represents the company with an office in Toronto, Canada. The hard work, high level of knowledge and determination of the team, based in Princeton, NJ, attracted the attention of railway operators and experts across North America. The market’s faith in Frauscher was exemplified in 2018 by a record year across every sales metric, with sensor sales increasing by nearly 300%. Since the railway industry requires long validation periods for new technologies, trial installations have always been an important part of Frauscher’s business development efforts. The number of trial installations being conducted in the US and Canada has now increased by 75%. Earlier trials have been converted into strong, year-over-year sales accounts during 2018.
The North American Frauscher team proudly states that every Class 1 freight railway in North America has installed the company’s sensors. In an interview, Caroli explains the factors that have led to success for Frauscher USA, as well as the next steps he has planned for this growing operation.
Frauscher Kazakhstan delivers special New Year's greeting
Many people take the start of the new year as an opportunity to make some good resolutions. Frauscher Kazakhstan skipped this step - and simply put a special idea into practice immediately.
Not far from the location in Astana is the home of 30 orphans. On December 30, Managing Director Uwe Günther and his team invited the children and their almost 70-year-old foster mother to a celebration. The young visitors, aged 12 months to 18 years, enjoyed the welcome variety, small gifts, chocolate, good mood and more.
Günther is convinced: "It is not only important for us as a company to let a year end positively and to start into the future with fresh courage. With this campaign we wanted to set an example for those who no longer have a family at a time when everyone is moving a little closer together. So we wanted to contribute our part in creating a positive view which is an important base for living together in a peaceful and creative way.”
Joyful celebrations around the globe
More than 200 employees at the Frauscher location in Austria got in the mood for the upcoming holidays together again.
Almost the entire staff spent a convivial evening with brilliant musical accompaniment and culinary highlights.
But it was not only in Austria that people celebrated. In the UK, the motto of this year’s annual “Christmas celebrations” was “Hollywood night”.
Frauscher US instead, visited various local breweries in Pennsylvania. The colleagues in Poland and Australia enjoyed an evening with a Christmas menu in Katowice and Melbourne.
With these solemn impressions from some locations, the whole Frauscher team wishes you happy holidays and a successful new year!
Our employees in Austria spend the days between Christmas and New Year at home with their families and friends. From 2 January they are gladly again attainable for you.
Yapi Merkezi chooses Frauscher for track vacancy detection
The Tanzania Railway Corporation has commissioned the Turkish company Yapi Merkezi to implement a new railway line in the African country. The first of a total of five sections will cover some 205 kilometres. From Dar Es Salaam on the coast to Morogoro.
Yapi chose the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC and the Wheel Sensor RSR180 for the planning of the track vacancy detection system. The contract was signed in early October 2018 by Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology, and Orze Arioglu, CEO Yapi Merkezi Global Construction Group. In total, around 450 counting heads will be installed on the first two construction phases alone.
The modularity and flexible interfaces of the FAdC allow Yapi the greatest possible independence in infrastructure design. The axle counter can be easily and quickly integrated into various interlockings. The RSR180 has already proven its reliability in various markets around the globe.
Technology insights in Taiwan
On 16 November 2018, Frauscher was invited to give a speech at the “Railway Engineering Technology Forum”, which was organised by the Department of Civil Engineering, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan. The target of this forum is building a platform to discuss academic researches with Taiwan railway administrations as well as operators. Local and international companies from the railway industry are invited to share their experiences and innovations.
The theme of this year’s event was “Era of Intelligent and Robust Railway”.
Tim Lin, Customer Service Engineer at Frauscher’s recently opened representative office in Taiwan, took this opportunity. He gave a presentation on “Modern Axle Counters for Railway Signaling Systems”. The audience, which included representatives from government administrations, such as MOTC and TRA, railway operators, for example KRTC and THSRC, consultants and academics, was highly interested in his remarks.
NCKU will continue holding the forum annually to establish it as one of the major information platforms for the railway industry in Taiwan.
53 suppliers got an insight into the production at Frauscher
In order to identify the challenges and opportunities in supplier management and to make the best possible use of them, the 3rd Frauscher Suppliers Day was held in St. Marienkirchen on 18 October 2018. 53 representatives of the invited suppliers were able to get an idea of the importance and further use of their products at Frauscher.
Under the motto "Efficient Supply Chain - together into a digital future", Michael Thiel, CEO, Anita Flieher, Manager Procurement, and Maria Reisinger, Director QEHS/Compliance provided insights into the development at Frauscher within the last two years. Michael Thiel opened the event with interesting information about the company. Anita Flieher presented the challenges arising from digitalisation in supplier management and the measures created at Frauscher regarding this development. The high importance of quality and quality awareness at Frauscher was conveyed by Maria Reisinger in her presentation. After that, the visitors were guided in groups through the production areas. They were able to discover the way in which their products make an important contribution to a smooth production at Frauscher.
A highlight of the event was the award ceremony, where the best suppliers from 2016 and 2017 were honored for their efforts. As measured by quality, delivery performance, price, cooperation and certification, the award for 2016 went to Intermas Austria GmbH and for 2017 to H&S Kabeltechnik. After the award ceremony, the participants had the chance to exchange views at the networking dinner.
InnoTrans 2018: Starting point for a new generation of wayside sensors
Wayside sensors that help to reduce components along the track? New systems that decrease complexity when implemented? Sounds contradictory, but it is possible! At InnoTrans 2018, Frauscher demonstrated how this can work. Under the motto "Discover intelligent sensors. Innovations to simplify railway operations" the company presented corresponding solutions at stand 232 in hall 25.
Firstly, a completely new sensor was presented, in the innovative SENSiS system. The Detection Point DP combines proven capabilities of inductive sensors with the possibilities of the Internet of Things - becoming a smart device on track. Secondly, the new possibilities enabled by further developments of the Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS were also displayed. Especially the opportunity to monitor complete infrastructures in real time via an intuitive user interface caused a sensation. The optimised system detects defects in track and train components at a very early stage. This enables condition-based maintenance strategies, which will replace time-based maintenance cycles.
"All in all, it was one of the most successful appearances that we have had in Berlin for 16 years," Christian Pucher, CMO Frauscher Sensor Technology sums up. "We had even more discussions and made more contacts than two years ago - and attracted even more attention. The feedback we received was overwhelming. At the same time, we collected a lot of input about which applications can be implemented with our new solutions and what expectations can be met with them. With regard to the development of infrastructure monitoring, we want to work closely with various operators, system integrators and partners in the future - such as Vossloh and Siemens Mobility, as announced at the trade fair. This InnoTrans marked a clear milestone in our development process, and the beginning of many more things to come."
Impressions and further information about Frauscher’s highlights at the show can be found at innotrans.frauscher.com
Many highlights at the railway industry’s biggest get together
Together with 2955 exhibitors, the Frauscher team will again participate in this major rail event. Our experts will welcome well-known partners as well as new customers from all over the globe at their stand 232 in hall 25.
At InnoTrans we present the following highlight topics:
- Intelligent sensors for more efficient track vacancy detection
- Continuous Monitoring of Assets (ACM)
- Train Tracking: Localisation in real time
- Axle Counting: Superior flexibility and optimal integration
- Wheel Detection: Reliable and precise solutions for various applications
Apart from that, this will again be a great opportunity for our team to talk about trends, visions and new ideas within the railway industry – in order to work on tomorrow’s solutions for various railway application. Just as Frauscher always did. Want to become part of that future? Visit us – we are looking forward to meeting you.
Frauscher at InnoTrans 2018
From 18 to 21 September InnoTrans opens its doors again. “Discover intelligent sensors” with Frauscher Sensor Technology as we present our latest innovations and visionary concepts in hall 25, stand 232.
Are you looking to exploit the potential of digitalization and simplify your operational network? Frauscher combines proven best-in-class technologies with new digital ideas and creates intelligent wayside sensors that deliver accurate data. Consistent developments using the latest technology, have taken track vacancy detection and condition based maintenance to the next level.
Arrange a meeting with a Frauscher expert at InnoTrans. We are looking forward to welcoming you at our stand.
Vital discussions on big data in railway at IRSE China workshop
IRSE China hosted a technical workshop on “Big data based on railway health management and maintenance” in Beijing Jiao Tong University on 29 June. Senior staff from China Railway Corporation, researchers from China Academy of Railway Sciences, and executives from some Chinese railway industry companies also attended the workshop. They discussed on topics like “Maintenance of signaling system”, “PHM key technology of signalling system”, “Digitalization of railway management” and “Intelligent maintenance management”.
The workshop accelerated the development of railway health management and maintenance technology in China. It promoted the cooperation and communication between universities, research institutes and enterprises in the railway industry.
Ma Jin, Managing Director of Frauscher China, also participated in the workshop. “Frauscher has been working intensively on the development of signaling technology and digitalisation of railway. The discussions with railway experts affirmed our business confidence,” he emphasized.
Happy times at Frauscher Summer Festival
Frauscher starts into summer! Last Friday employees and their families celebrated the annual Summer Festival. This year, food trucks serving pulled pork, hamburgers, spare ribs, falafel, crêpes and many other delicacies guaranteed for happy and satisfied guests. Of course, no summer festival is complete without ice cream – a treat that was especially devoured by the little ones. Right on time for the beginning of the Austrian summer holidays the kids could play to their heart’s content on the bouncy castle, go-cart track and children’s make-up station.
Many international colleagues attended this year’s Summer Festival; a great opportunity to get to know each other and socialize outside of the office environment. Frauscher employees from Kazakhstan, India and the USA joined the event. Although it was especially thrilling for our colleagues from Brasil and France as they watched and cheered for their national teams playing against Belgium and Uruguay at the FIFA Football World Cup.
Frauscher at MetroRail Americas Congress 2018
The MetroRail Americas Congress 2018 took place from 26 to 27 June in Philadelphia, US. Frauscher was a sponsor of this event, which brought together transit agencies, government representatives, operators, contractors and vendors. The focus of this year’s event was on three segments: Train Control & Engineering, Planning & Development and Future of Cities. The venue provided a valuable opportunity to network within the rail industry, showcase products and services, and learn via round tables, presentations and overall discussions.
Michael Parzer from Frauscher presented “Axle Counting as a Fallback Method for CBTC Systems: A Case Study From TTC Line 1”, a topic relevant to this conference that was well received.
Frauscher enters the Taiwanese railway market
In June, Frauscher made an important step forward in the Taiwanese railway market. This was marked by a contract signing ceremony with MiTAC Information Technology Corp.
The South-Link line in Taiwan, operated by Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) will be equipped with the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC and Wheel Sensor RSR123. The project comprises over 600 counting heads and 12 stations, for which the system will be integrated by MiTAC Information Technology Corp.
Mayank Tripathi, Business Development Director at Frauscher Sensor Technology, emphasizes: “This project will see the most modern axle counting solution deployed in the country and will be trend-setting.”
Successful conference taking place in Taipei
Last week, over 300 railway experts from Taiwan and Japan met in Taipei at the “2018 Railways Industries Technology & Railway Signalling System Conference”. They discussed the industry's latest innovations and trends – with digitalization being a major subject of interest. Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology, gave a valuable outlook to future sensor technologies and developments based on innovations like the Internet-of-Things (IoT).
Additional presentations from Frauscher on “Modern axle counters” and “The next generation of train tracking” showed innovative solutions with Frauscher products and developments. During the networking breaks, participants had the opportunity to get further information on Frauscher wheel detection and axle counting systems at a small exhibition area, which was received with great interest and led to many interesting conversations.
Representatives from Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA), Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp or the Railway Reconstruction Bureau and many more participated in this successful event. It was organized by the Chinese Institute of Engineers, Alfa Transit Enterprise Corporation and Frauscher Sensor Technology.
IoT gains momentum in railway operations
Internet of Things and Big Data are growing in importance for the railway sector. The conference “The Rise of IoT and Big Data in Rail” took place on 29 May 2018 in Munich and brought this topic into spotlight. Following the conference’s motto of “Identifying and harvesting railway data sets for cost efficient predictive maintenance applications”, Frauscher Sensor Technology and its innovative new solutions sure would not miss this opportunity.
At the conference, Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology, presented new maintenance concepts based on collecting real time track condition data along the entire network. In his conclusion he emphasized on the importance of „a whole industry working together in order to turn the railway into the most attractive and sustainable mobility sector in the future.“
All the time during the conference – at the stand or during networking-breaks – many interesting conversations about the topics of IoT, Big Data and the solutions that Frauscher offers occurred.
In the later afternoon, Frauscher participated at a panel discussion with infrastructure managers. The topics discussed ranged from the possibilities of how to turn the mass of generated data into meaningful information, the advantages of a digitalized railway network and first steps for implementing this process.
Frauscher employees run for a good cause at the Wings for Life Run
„Run for those who can’t“– that is the motto for which thousands of people across the globe joined the Wings for Life World Run. 10 of our employees from Frauscher Austria also followed the slogan and put on their running shoes. This year they have taken part in Munich and been on the run – from the Catcher Car representing the moving finish line. That way our team really earned their stripes at the Wings for Life World Run, having run 161.7 km in total.
As always, the good cause is the one and only reason for the Wings for Life World Run, as 100% of the entry fees go to the research to cure spinal cord injury. This is why Frauscher Sensortechnik was happy to provide the full entry fees for our employees.
Frauscher participates as Silver Sponsor at RSA 2018
Including about 2.000 participants, 160 conference delegates and 10 Asian railway operators on 2.500 m², the Rail Solutions Asia 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia represents one of the leading railway shows in Asia.
For the 7th time already Frauscher participated at the Advantage Austria Stand and got the opportunity for many interesting discussions with visitors from South East Asia. From 2-4 May the exhibition always poses a great opportunity for Frauscher to interact with the Asian market, evaluate new possibilities and strengthen the business relationship to this interesting market.
Amongst the great number of participants and visitors Frauscher was especially honored not only to be a Silver Sponsor this year, but also hosted the Signalling & Communications Workshop on Thursday, 3 May. Alok Sinha, Managing Director of Frauscher India led through interesting presentations by HIMA and KL Consult and Akhilesh Yadav, COO Frauscher India.
Frauscher demonstrated the possibilities and advantages of FAdC in Belgrade
Recently Frauscher Sensor Technology participated in an event at the Serbian Railway Infrastructure Company (Infrastruktura Železnice Srbije) in Belgrade. The Infrastructure Company of the Serbian Railways is responsible for operation, regulation and maintenance of the whole railway infrastructure in Serbia. At the event in Belgrade, Frauscher presented its latest and most innovative solutions. The company’s experts took the opportunity to explain the possibilities and advantages of the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC to the interested audience.
Following Frauscher’s claim to “track more with less” the main advantages for Serbian Railway Infrastructure Company were pointed out, e.g. possibility of easy and fast mounting of wheel sensors. Mr. Jevtić, Technical Director of the Serbian Railway Infrastructure Company, commented: “We are positively surprised about the possibilities of the Frauscher Diagnostic System FDS which can reduce maintenance costs as well as the Supervisior Track Section STS and Counting Head Control CHC function and their ability to increase the availability of the system. The innovative strength of Frauscher Sensor Technology is impressive and I am glad to say that we already gained many positive experiences with our existing Frauscher products and systems.” More than 50 highly interested engineers from the Serbian Railway Infrastructure company as well as project planning and system integrator companies from all over Serbia attended this event. Frauscher appreciated this chance to present all the advantages and benefits of its most modern axle counting system.
New partner in Vietnam
Constantly strengthening its position in Southeast Asia, Frauscher has increased its product presence in several countries during the last years. One of which is Vietnam, where the company has now a new partner to support local operators and system integrators with sales activities and customer service.
EUROASIATIC VIETNAM is active in Vietnam since 1992 and had its first office opened in October 1995 in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). The company is part of the EUROASIATIC-GROUP, which was established in 1969. From the first days, the railway industry was of high importance for all partners within this group. Their philosophy to transfer machinery, technologies and know-how from Europe to Asia fits perfectly with Frauscher’s strategy to provide tailored service and solutions for railway markets all over the globe.
For contact details visit www.frauscher.com/en/frauscher_global.
New base for increasing requirements
In only five years since the market entry in 2013, Frauscher Sensor Technology has achieved strong growth in India. To meet increasing market demands, the staff in Bengaluru recently moved to a new office, where visitors will now be welcome in representative premises for discussions and trainings.
Thereby Frauscher India strengthens its ability to meet the requirements it faces. “The potential that we discovered in India is in fact even greater than we initially thought. Additionally we have established our product presence and in SEA countries, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Korea”, says Alok Sinha, Managing Director of Frauscher India. “Within only five years, the location grew from two to approximately 100 employees. We established a dedicated R&D team and increased our order backlog to 40 million euros.”
The opening of the new office was celebrated on 15 February 2018. After a meet and greet, which was followed by the official inauguration, all participants gathered at the Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru for an evening event. There Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology spoke about the visions of Frauscher. Akhilesh Yadav, COO Frauscher Sensor Technology India Private Limited, gave a speech on the latest innovations in axle counting, partially produced in Frauscher India’s own production plant in Mysuru. Another office in Delhi provides customers in India with additional support.
Full address of the new office in Bengaluru is:
Frauscher Sensor Technology India Private Limited
Level 5, Prestige Khoday Tower | No. 5, Raj Bhavan Road | Bengaluru 560001 | INDIA