OSCAR is the latest predictive condition monitoring system from Progress Rail. It provides an automated maintenance reporting tool to predict problems with rolling stock and any other critical asset components. OSCAR acts as a repository for Asset Protection data.
For Asset Protection, Asset Utilisation and Asset Maintenance: OSCAR is the answer.
OSCAR collects, compiles, and analyses the data from various types of vehicle performance monitoring devices, both wayside and on-board to create a composite view of railway vehicle performance.
OSCAR provides a single interface to obtain all information about the health of the assets being monitored. The system allows users to drill down to existing interfaces from each of the asset protection systems. OSCAR is a large warehouse of vehicle performance data, surrounded by application layers that allow users full access to performance data at the most beneficial and useful levels. The database is structured to allow the addition of new monitoring devices or new sources of data.
OSCAR reduces maintenance costs by lowering the incidence of unnecessary service on vehicles. It also enables higher utilization, and lower costs through scheduled maintenance at facilities when railcars are empty. In addition, OSCAR can monitor post maintenance performance to provide a quality control check on the maintenance performed.
When used in conjunction with software such as Progress Rail's “Locomotive Information System” (LIS), OSCAR can also provide valuable information on locomotive and driver performance.
OSCAR is a powerful tool in analysing asset utilisation and performing predictive maintenance tasks. It has proven itself in the field with companies like BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group using this system to monitor their rail asset performance.
OSCAR’s ease of use and friendly interface make it readily accepted by users, allowing them to easily interrogate data or compile queries.
Benefits are derived through the delivery of the processed information as quickly as possible. Within the limits imposed by available telecommunications systems, OSCAR provides near real-time notification of important events on monitored vehicles to its users. This is particularly useful for maintenance crews to cull rail vehicles in need of immediate repair.