Tag: Downer Rail

Transport & Logistics

Is Lean manufacturing the answer for Australian rail?

Lean methodologies have existed in one form or another since the turn of the 19th century, but were popularised by the development of the Toyota Production System (TPS) in the decades after the Second World War. The term 'Lean' itself started being used in the 1990s, with the system encompassing a range of techniques employed…

5 Dec 2013, by Informa Australia

Transport & Logistics

Using technology to reduce maintenance times by almost a third

Downer Rail has instigated sweeping changes to how it approaches passenger and freight rail maintenance, with reductions in maintenance times of up to one third. Its new approach to passenger and freight rail maintenance focuses on long-term Through Life Support (TLS) relationships, condition-based monitoring and Lean methodologies. “Our focus is keeping our customers’ trains on…

7 Nov 2013, by Informa Australia

Transport & Logistics

Lean: Securing the future of Australian rail manufacturing and maintenance?

Without a new approach to reducing overheads and increasing efficiency, the Australian rail manufacturing industry will not survive. In response to this industry-wide challenge Downer Rail has developed a new model for passenger and freight rail manufacturing and maintenance that uses Lean methodologies to reduce costs and streamline productivity. The introduction of Lean was initiated…

30 Oct 2013, by Informa Australia