Ricardo’s driveline and transmissions team have supported Scomi Rail, a leading provider of urban transit systems, with a redesign and upgrade of the driveline of their monorail technology.
Scomi was looking for assistance in delivering a number of improvements to the vehicle’s performance, particularly in terms of increased power and overall durability. They were also required to deal with a complex chain of component suppliers, without any value-adding co-ordination between them.
Starting from a 'blank sheet', in just six months our design engineering teams oversaw the project from initial development through to the manufacture of the initial prototypes. The team also sourced all sub-system suppliers and ensured the prototype was subjected to a full test and validation programme to international rail industry standards.
The eventual prototype proved to be 250kg lighter (amounting to an approximate 25% reduction in weight) and supporting an upgrade to 260kW from 170kW.
The final Ricardo-developed design entered into production in Sept 2012 with potentially up to 300 sets to be delivered.
Suhaimi Yaacob, president of Scomi Rail said: “We are extremely pleased to be working with Ricardo on this project, which integrates Scomi’s acknowledged international leadership in rail systems innovation with Ricardo’s expertise in world-class transmission and driveline technology. Scomi and Ricardo share a common vision to deliver high-level quality products to rail operators thus improving consumer’s travelling experience. Our partnership with Ricardo will allow us to further enhance our products to cater to the growing and changing needs of rail systems across the world".