A state-of-the-art traincare depot planning tool, which looks set to revolutionise operational efficency and mark the end of the handwritten whiteboard, has been launched by Zonegreen.
Improving operational efficiency, communication and collaboration
Zonegreen has developed the
Operator Planning Suite (OPS) to address the numerous problems associated with traditional whiteboards used in control rooms and supervisors’ offices. It allows depot management and supervisors to know precisely what is planned and what is happening to rolling stock within a given depot a
t any time.
“The Zonegreen OPS eliminates these pitfalls completely. Any piece of information entered onto an OPS whiteboard is instantly transmitted to all other whiteboards in the same depot. And, because the OPS is internet based, information can be relayed, in a standardized format, to any other department within the maintenance organisation or train operating company.”
The user-friendly system is designed to improve operational efficiency, communication and collaboration, and facilitate the instant exchange of accurate information across the organisation. It allows for planning arrivals, berthing and maintenance activities, and the recording of maintenance data
and departure of every vehicle.
When a vehicle is due for maintenance, its fleet number is listed along with work to be done, its location in the depot, the extimated time of arrival, the time of departure and any other information required. As this information is entered it is immediately displayed across all OPS screens around the depot, ensuring absolute accuracy and up-to-date information at all times.
Data can be used by shunters, shop floor technicians, shop planners and management as required, and can be displayed using a graphical layout of the depot to identify and position trains, or a tabular layout to list maintenance tasks.
A cost efficient investment for train operators
Because the Zonegreen OPS uses internet server technology, no hardware or software installation is necessary at the depot in order to create an OPS account – a subscription is all that is required. Authorised depot
staff can then simply log-on in order to plan maintenance activities from wherever they happen to be. Training for anyone with basic computer literacy takes less than half a day, and Zonegreen’s engineers are available 24/7 to address any server issues that may arise.
“Given the significant efficiency savings that will accrue”, says Managing Director Tony Hague, “the use of OPS represents an important investment for train operators”. Based on a client with five authorised OPS users – either fixed or in hand-held devices – the subscription works out at approximately £5 per day per user. Should a client require more outlets, the cost per user would reduce.
Any piece of information entered onto an OPS whiteboard is instantly transmitted to all other whiteboards in the same depot, making it available to any other department within the maintenance organisation or train operating company.
SZ Lee Zonegreen R&D Manager