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At Bombardier’s Central Rivers maintenance facility in the UK, technicians no longer conduct routine brake pad measurements. Work is also under way to approve the removal of similar inspection tasks such as underframe, roof and pantograph inspections for other Bombardier sites around the world. The wayside Automatic Visual Inspection System (AVI System) uses a combination of high-resolution cameras and lasers for 360-degree visual inspection and to measure component parameters.

inspection system in action
Automatic visual inspection system in action

The AVI System allows us to minimize the need for roof access and get better condition data at the same time


This condition data is then used to predict remaining life and sent to the customized asset management system BOMBARDIER MAXIMO, to communicate the maintenance need to technicians. “Requiring roof access for inspections is time-consuming, and there’s always the chance of an accident,” said Will Astill, LCC and Performance Lead, Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier received first approval in the UK for full automation of a safety-critical maintenance task without human intervention. The AVI System is deployed in South Africa and the UK, with plans for further deployment in the UK, Australia, China and Canada.