Next Generation Rail 2015: Site visits

On Wednesday, 1 July 2015 (conference day 1) delegates will have a choice of four site visits to attend.

 

In order to sign up for a site visit, you must register for the conference.
Please note that places are limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis.

 

1. Siemens Kings Heath depot, Northampton

The new £31 million maintenance depot at Kings Heath, Northampton is the UK headquarters for Siemens Rolling Stock Maintenance. The site is state of the art and is probably the most environmentally friendly in the UK.

Foot wear: You must wear appropriate safety shoes (no flat or open toes shoes).
Meeting point: Northampton railway station at 1:30pm.

 

2. Oleo International, Coventry

Oleo is an established engineering company and a leading expert in energy absorption technology, designing and manufacturing energy absorption solutions for the rail, elevator and industrial sectors. Specifically for the rail industry, Oleo provides crash energy management products and services to rail operators and train manufacturers. Oleo also provides sophisticated simulation of collisions to evaluate the crash energy management system across the train as well as energy absorption devices that are correlated by over thirty years of full size testing. The visit to the facilities will include viewing a test on the titan rig, seeing where the rail products are being manufactured and a demo of the Oleo simulation software.

Foot wear: You must wear trainers or boots (no flat or open toes shoes).
Meeting point: Coventry railway station at 12:30pm.

 

3. Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Coventry

The MTC is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. The facility opened in 2011 and provides an agile environment to develop and demonstrate new manufacturing processes and technologies on an industrial scale.  The Centre specialises in a range of manufacturing processes such as: Net Shape Manufacturing; Intelligent Automation; Advanced Tooling and Fixturing; Electronics Manufacturing; Computerised Engineering (modelling and simulation) and High Integrity Fabrication. The tour will include a visit to the Centre’s additive and netshape manufacturing; a very capable metrology laboratory; advance welding machines – specialist rotary friction welders and a high performance (20kW) laser; the advanced tooling and fixturing and flexible automation facilities; the new Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre and the virtual reality suite.

Foot wear: You must wear appropriate safety shoes (no flat or open toes shoes).
Meeting point: Coventry railway station at 12:30pm.

 

4. Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at Warwick University, Coventry

The WMG centre WMG is also part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. The Centre focuses on the global challenge of Low Carbon Mobility and in particular on lightweight technologies and energy storage and management.  The sectors covered by WMG research includes: automotive, commercial (truck and bus) off-road (agriculture and construction), rail, aerospace and marine. The visit will include a tour (with lots of demonstrations) to the Energy Innovation Centre and the Lightweighting workshop.

Foot wear: You must wear appropriate safety shoes (no flat or open toes shoes).
Meeting point: Coventry railway station at 1pm.

 

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