From words to deeds
Wabtec Corporation, a major industrial group based in New York, is renowned for manufacturing various products for locomotives, freight cars and passenger transport vehicles. In particular, its range includes brake subsystems, electronic train control equipment, coupling systems, door control and air conditioning systems.
Following EIT Manufacturing’s event, this company implemented Komete’s technology in its production plant located in Piossasco, Italy, and observed significant improvements in its day-to-day operations.
Before Komete’s integration, line operators relied on manual declarations of product progress in dedicated production cells. This approach lacked accuracy and real-time insights into time spent on different production sub-stages, including rework and deviations from standards. The lack of objective data hindered production managers in making impartial decisions for operational optimisation. Furthermore, the need for manual input added to the workload of line operators, consuming valuable time.
The integration of Komete’s technology significantly reduced production times thanks to the collection of meticulous data to rationalise operations. Now, the Italian production plant has complete and objective traceability of the production flow for each product, reducing the time operators spend updating order status and allowing them to concentrate on value-added activities.
“The Komete solution is transforming our operations by providing accurate, real-time data, leading to streamlined operations and more efficient production processes. It allows us to make informed decisions that have had a positive impact on our productivity and efficiency”, says Matteo Griva, Process Engineer at Wabtec Corporation.
Future developments are promising
This collaboration will not be paused. The parties are planning to use Komete’s asset tag to automatically collect information on the number of cycles that test equipment in climate cells undergoes. This improvement will not only reduce maintenance costs, but also improve the quality of information about the equipment and reduce the time operators spend collecting this data.