ETR – Eisenbahntechnische Rundschau | Ausgabe International/2017

Innovation boost in track maintenance

September 2017 | Rainer Wenty

The developments in track maintenance on show in Münster at iaf 2017 were fully dedicated to INNOVATION FOR YOU. The International Exhibition for Track Technology “iaf” is the world’s largest of its kind. It provides the ideal forum for presenting innovations in track maintenance. Four years have passed since the iaf was last held. Since then, so many developments have been made that it is fair to speak of a boost in innovation. However, the innovations are not an end in itself. They are based on the analysis of the needs of railways, infrastructure operators and the operators of track maintenance machines. In addition to new developments in machine technology, such as the electric operation, this article focuses on the rapid evolution of the entire machine industry. The topics range from digitisation and automation to ergonomic design and ecology, training and service, and the further development of maintenance technologies in this field.