15 September 2015

Integrated Coach Maintenance Management System introduced

Indian Railways has been using Information Technology for modernizing its working systems. In this connection Alipurduar Division of N.F. Railway has introduced a state of art Integrated Coach Maintenance Management System in Alipurduar Jn. station and DRM Office. Alipurduar Division has an associated coaching depot with a passenger coach holding of about 200 passenger coaches. Important trains such as Inter-city Express, Rajya Rani Express, Sikkim Mahananda Express and Millennium Parcel trains are being maintained in this depot. The process includes maintenance of all sub systems such as Brakes, Suspension, Wheel sets and inter-coach connections etc. The train lighting and Air-conditioning systems are also maintained here. Monitoring all these coaches and their maintenance process is an important task. The newly implemented Coach Maintenance Management System is a web based application that has been developed by Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), the IT wing of Indian Railways. The web based application runs o­n a central server located at New Delhi and at present is being used by 27 coaching depots all over Indian Railways.
            The data about various maintenance activities belonging to both Mechanical and Electrical engineering is captured at the point of origin where trains are maintained or where defective coaches are attended. The computer terminals are available at different locations o­n the platform as well as in the maintenance depot. Since the system is web based, train Controllers and Officers can access the relevant data from the confines of their rooms or Control Office easily. Large amount of paper work is likely to get reduced. Even the Brake power certificate will now be transferred from the maintenance lines to the platform electronically. It will be printed from the platform office of Train Examiner and handed over directly to Loco Pilots and Guards. This will make handling of operations at the platform more efficient.
The system will also be helpful in monitoring the performance of coaches and ensuring that various sub systems including the Train lighting, Fans, Toilet fittings and Water system etc. are providing satisfactory service. The system will also be helpful in getting information about different types of coaches, their availability and requirements as well as the sub system spares required and used over a period of time. Indian Railway is committed to derive more benefits from this system and to extend it further as per the requirements.