Interview with Fertagus at the 5th Rolling Stock Maintenance Summit

Interview with Fertagus at the 5th Rolling Stock Maintenance Summit

João Grossinho, Director of Maintenance Fertagus (PORTUGAL). His experience is related to 17 years in rolling stock management at FERTAGUS. He is responsible for suburban fleet management with the objective of ensuring high levels of rolling stock availability and reliability while responding to company needs in terms of rolling stock for commercial operation, all in accordance with the passenger’s quality and safety requirements and the definition and compliance of the maintenance cycle. This includes the management of the workshop equipment’s, the coordination of internal staf competences, training and evaluation.

João, you are currently the Director of Maintenance for Fertagus, and have worked in rail for nearly two decades, but how did you first become interested in working in this industry?

I have worked in the rail industry for almost 20 years, but in fact I have been part of it since the 70’s. My father worked 40 years in rail operations, and to be honest it was not in my mind.

Over this time, what has been the most exciting or innovative project you’ve worked on?

The most exciting project was to design and put in operation the first major overhaul in the fleet. We’ve applied the same principles that we use for normal scheduled maintenance. Made the complete system analysis, defined the complete maintenance plan, we did all the procurement, purchase, logistics, quality plans and control without afecting the fleet availability. We have to deliver 17/18 EMU every day, and we’ve worked almost 3 years with 17/17.

Why is the application of CBM and RCM technology so important for the rail industry right now?

These tools, like others introduce concepts that lead maintenance managers to question themselves about their methods and processes. Break with the status quo. When we ask ourselves about what we do, then we are learning, improving and getting more efcient.

What benefits can either of these programs yield?

Each of these strategies has distinct advantages as well as some limitations, but the general idea is to get efciency gains by applying the method that best fits your company and operation objectives.

What specific challenges have you encountered in applying RCM with Fertagus?

Having people involved, and make them believe when the results are still to come. Then updating the databases on a daily basis. It’s something that is done by maintenance personal. For the success of the program all personnel is crucial, even the field maintenance operators.

How have you overcome these challenges?

With the implementation of tailor made applications, that give real time information. At the same time, puts this pressure on the teams once it controls the delays and the efectiveness the repairs. It works like a team ranking and has a major contribution for their evaluation.

João, you will be delivering the final presentation of day one of the conference – can you give us a taste of what you will cover?

I will basically present what I consider a case study focused on operational availability. We’ve designed a maintenance plan based on commercial needs. I don’t have a name for the presentation, but it could be something like “Fleet management – Who, how and at what cost?”

What are you most looking forward to at the conference?

Benchmarking and networking.

Anything else to add?

I hope to present something disruptive and diferent. And to add real value to the summit.

Source: Rolling Stock Maintenance Summit

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