“The Perpetuum product has been deployed on a trial basis on some of our trains over the past year, and we have been very impressed by the information it provides us and the ease of use. We foresee a very rapid return on the investment and a solution to unlocking a number of important issues. …
A fast-growing spin-out from Southampton University has used EU research funding and innovation funding through Innovate UK to further develop technology for the rail industry that is improving safety and reliability and delivering significant cost reductions.
This has established Perpetuum as a global market leader. More than 45% of the company’s sales were exported in 2015 and this is expected to rise to 70% or more over the next 3 years.
Volume orders and trials of its self-powered condition monitoring systems for rail operators around the world have resulted in staff numbers almost trebling in the last three years.
Southeastern Railway has equipped its entire fleet with energy harvesting wireless sensors to predict wheel bearing failures. Now it wants to share the data generated by the technology with Network Rail to help it predict track faults.
Train wheel bearing failures used to be a big headache for Southeastern Railway’s engineering director Mark Johnson. The man who is responsible for the train operator’s entire rolling stock and some 550,000 passengers daily, used to dread a fault occurring while one of his trains was in service.
“Should it happen in the wrong place, a fault could wipe out the whole of the South East for 24 hours,”