Welcome to VA-RCM

“Innovative Product for Train Door Condition Monitoring Based on Vibration Analysis Algorithms”
VA-RCM is a highly innovative condition monitoring system based on cutting-edge technology involving advanced vibration analysis techniques. Its unique features will enable accurate assessment of train door actuators, as well as targeted feedback on subsystem malfunctions well in advance of their potential occurrence. Train operators and passenger train car manufacturers will benefit from the VA RCM system by improving the efficiency of train doors and reducing the failure rate or downtime of trains, thus reducing maintenance costs. The Consortium’s vision is to achieve gross sales of 140 million by 2025; a return on investment of 60.68 within the first four years of commercialisation; and business growth which will create 1298 new jobs. It is our strong belief that the Fast Track to Innovation Pilot is the ideal financial instrument for us to accelerate the commercialization of VA-RCM.

The Project

Train doors prove to be a critical element with respect to both maintenance cost and cause of train delays. Door actuator defects are the most common found, especially in older trains where door malfunctions amount to 25%-50% of the rolling stock defects. To overcome this, a consortium led by German SME Hitex have come together with the aim to rapidly seize the business opportunity presented by commercializing the VA-RCM system. VA-RCM is part of the H2020 Fast Track to Innovation Pilot and has received funding under the grant agreement number 730766.

Consortium Members

The five partners taking part in this action form a perfectly balanced consortium with respect to engineering and commercial experience. Our consortium spans three different European countries (UK, Germany and Spain), and includes one train operator TMB. The five partners bring together strong expertise in specialised hardware engineering (TSC), signal processing (TWI), embedded and application software engineering (HITEX), hardware platform manufacturing and commercialisation (INN) and rail operation (TMB). Each partner has a distinct and well-defined role within the action.

News and Events

VA-RCM Reaches Testing Milestone

We are excited to announce that VA-RCM has reached a testing Milestone in Barcelona

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Predictive system targets 25% of train defects

An innovative new project using vibration analysis will provide huge safety and efficiency savings, as well as reduced downtime for rolling stock operators in the rail industry.

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