Maintenance Strategies

Maintenance Strategies

The primary goal of maintenance is to avoid or mitigate the consequences of failure of equipment. This may be by preventing the failure before it actually occurs which Planned Maintenance and Condition Based Maintenance help to achieve.

Preventive maintenance activities include inspections, overhauls at specified
periods, oil changes, and lubrication and so on. In addition, workers can record equipment deterioration so they know to replace or repair worn parts before they cause system failure. The ideal preventive maintenance program would prevent most equipment failure before it occurs.
BMT strives to ensure that best practices from all business sectors that they work in are transferred, where feasible, into the rail industry around the world.

Developing Condition Based Maintenance (CBM)

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CBM is an opportunity to improve business processes, with the principal objective being improved maintenance performance across a broad range of benefits, including greater productivity, optimised maintenance cycles, lower material and labour costs, increased quality of the process, improved availability, and enhanced reliability of the rolling stock.


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BMT works with customers to identify which maintenance tasks are compatible with various forms of condition monitoring and assists in the development of the criteria to identify when (CBM) will be required.


These services are provided by our specialist operating company in the UK.

Train Maintenance Depot and Overhaul Workshop Management

BMT has an extensive history of placing our staff into the Engineering teams in the depots of train operators and overhaul workshops to assist in the identification and implementation of policies to improve the workflow being conducted.

These services are provided by our specialist operating company in the UK.

Maintenance Optimisation and Production of Maintenance Documentation

Maintenance Optimisation is about developing the most cost effective and worthwhile preventive maintenance regime for equipment of trains. This simply means empowering staff to take ownership of doing the maintenance that is right for the operation of the asset.
BMT’s approach to maintenance optimisation uses our knowledge and expertise gained in other industries and in particular Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM), a methodology originally developed in the Aerospace industry. Using this approach, BMT has achieved significant benefits for our Rail clients, with a significant improvement in reliability performance coupled with a 30% reduction in preventive maintenance workload for one fleet of electric locomotives.

These services are provided by our specialist operating companies in the UK.

Stress Monitoring of Subsidence Affected Railway Tracks

Longwall mining or other underground excavation can often produce surface subsidence which affects operability and safety of surface assets. BMT has developed and managed several installations where rail track or other assets will be affected by ongoing subsidence. Our systems enable stress or movement to be monitored remotely, via 3G or other networks, so that adjustments can be made to ballast at appropriate times.

These services are provided by our specialist operating company in Australia.

Mechanical Component Root Cause Failure Analysis

The fundamental or root causes of failures of mechanical, structural and electrical assets are often complex and subtle, involving more than one factor. Failures are frequently not due to simple causes such as being overloaded, or a clear-cut material defect, but can involve aspects of design, transport, installation and maintenance. BMT has unequalled expertise in undertaking RCFA in a wide range of industries.
These services are provided by our specialist operating companies in Australia,
Canada and the UK.