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Digital Manufacturing

We are using modern digital manufacturing technologies to revolutionise rolling stock Asset Management.

As part of our commitment to being the UK’s leading rolling stock asset manager, we have been investing in and developing a suite of digital manufacturing technologies that can radically reduce the time and cost of getting new railway-certified parts produced.

Using 3D scanning technology, we have been able to create a digital library of many of our parts and assets. These digital files can be easily edited and improved upon, before being physically prototyped using 3D printing.

Successful designs can be taken through to scale production using digital manufacturing methods such as additive manufacturing (AM). By using AM, we can manufacture short production runs quickly and cost-effectively, reducing the need for large minimum order quantities or storage of spare parts.

These technologies combined allow us to produce parts that are cheaper, lighter and more customised. This enables us to better manage the replacement of obsolete parts and the fitment of modifications, delivering benefits to both operators and passengers.

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Class 165 Hybrid Drive

Making rail travel smarter, quieter and cleaner.

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Smart Trains

Helping operators and passengers to feel more connected.

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