Sensors, manufacturing and digitisation

Rail vehicles, their manufacture, maintenance and on-board systems are benefiting from Sheffield's expertise developed with the aerospace sector through our Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

Class 185 train

Sheffield has developed excellence in the manufacturing sector, particularly with the aerospace sector at the AMRC. Much of this depends on sensor systems and application of digitisation to engineering processes. Transfer of this expertise to the rail sector is the focus of our work on sensors, manufacturing and digitisation. These techniques offer the opportunity to reduce costs and unlock innovation in challenging environments such as on track during possessions, and in optimising operation of depots to make best use of their facilities.


Measuring train motion and predicting faults with an onboard camera

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