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Reducing the Cost of Railway Vehicle – Key Lessons from the Aerospace, Automotive and Marine Industries

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Emmanuel Matsika, Conor O'Neill



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Whether considered as the purchase price or Life Cycle Cost (LCC), the overall cost of a railway vehicle is increasing. Many factors contribute to this increase, such as regulatory compliance, sustainability, advancement of technologies and user preferences. This paper presents results of a study that was aimed at conducting a cross-transport industry investigation of the commonalities in the processes of procurement, engineering design, manufacturing and maintenance (PDMM). It assesses the potential economic benefits of applying similar methodologies to the rail industry. Cost drivers in the rail industry that could be ameliorated by greater commonality and standardisation were identified and assessed. Best practices in the Aerospace, Automotive and Marine (AAM) industries were captured, adapted and applied to the rail industry to assess their potential for cost reduction. The recommendations from this study are beneficial to the railway industry through implementation in the railway industry of best practice PDMM processes used in the AAM industry.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Matsika E, O'Neill C

Editor(s): WCRR 2016

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: World Congress of Rail Research 2016

Year of Conference: 2016

Acceptance date: 01/11/2015

Date deposited: 25/05/2016

Publisher: WCRR