2013-03-25 - ABB full steam ahead with rail industry exclusive motor service agreement
A major Queensland-based rail company has enlisted ABB to overhaul the motors used in its passenger fleet trains, in a three-year contract worth $10 million.
Work has commenced on the supply agreement, which will see the team at ABB’s Motor and Generator Service Centre in Eagle Farm, Queensland, work closely with rail engineers to improve the life and reliability of rail industry assets.
Under the agreement, ABB will overhaul three different types of motors: two AC traction models and one DC traction version. The Eagle Farm team will revamp the motors – with either an overhaul or rewind – and administer a warranty for the workmanship.
According to ABB state manager – rotating machines, Thomas Lindner, this is not the first time the company has worked on such high-profile rail projects.
“ABB have been working in the rail industry in Australia for many years – in fact many people in our Eagle Farm motors workshop have over 20 years experience and know the problems experienced by rail customers,” said Lindner.
“ABB takes the time to understand customers’ service priorities. Some need fast repairs to fix problems when they arise, others carry out preventive maintenance to minimise stoppages, while others focus on getting maximum efficiency through optimisation.”
ABB is a global specialist in providing motor and generator services for a variety of industries. The company offers over 100 years of experience in building motors and generators, and providing services that help plant operators to add value and optimise their cost of ownership.
ABB’s Eagle Farm premises specialise in: advanced services; installation and commissioning; repairs; service agreements; training; extensions, upgrades and retrofits; maintenance; replacements; plus spares and consumables.
Last year, ABB expanded its motor and generator service offering with the acquisition of two privately-owned businesses and specialists in the area: Bob White Electrix in Victoria, and L. E. Jarvis in Perth.
Now, with two workshops in Victoria, one in Western Australia and one in Eagle Farm, ABB is able to service customers right the way across Australia.
“This acquisition has strengthened ABB’s ability to offer first-class service capabilities for all sizes of motors and generators across the country,” said ABB Australia head of discrete automation and motion, Jussi Rautee.
“It has enabled our current field service team to draw on the experience of nearly 100 additional resources and has established ABB as a leader in generator and motor repairs in Australia.”
Other rail projects that ABB are involved with are major supply to the Gold Coast Rapid Transit line – a 13km light rail corridor designed to reduce congestion between Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach in Queensland, due for completion in 2014.
The company are also supplying traction motors and converters for a rail infrastructure system transporting coal, iron ore and other minerals across much of the Australian continent from Perth to Cairns.
ABB is not only active in the rail industry in Australia. The ABB Group has also taken recent orders to contribute to improving rail systems in Brazil, Canada, Poland, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.