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Bombardier and Valutec Team Up to Test Train Electronics

February 1, 2013 Berlin Transportation,  Press Release

  • First accelerated test bench for electronic components in the Nord-Pas de Calais region of France
  • Top of the range equipment will improve train reliability

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation announced today that it is partnering with Valutec C3T, the land transportation technology centre of the University of Valenciennes and Hainaut Cambrésis (UVHC), to conduct accelerated tests of electronic boards.

Valutec has purchased a HALT (Highly Accelerated Life Test) chamber to test the performance and failure modes of onboard electronic systems. The investment is supported by France’s Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Nord-Pas de Calais regional government.

The chamber will be used for a wide range of accelerated tests, including vibrations and climatic conditions, according to the HALT and HASS (Highly Accelerated Stress Screening) protocols. By identifying sources of potential breakdown or malfunction at the development stage, the technology enables robust rail solutions. Under the partnership, Bombardier experts will train and share their technical know-how with Valutec’s dedicated employees to ensure that the test programmes are conducted professionally.

Train reliability is a top priority at Bombardier’s Crespin plant, France’s first industrial rail site. Its 500 engineers use the site’s advanced test laboratory and the COFRAC[1] certified crash test facility to develop trains for the French Regions, the national rail operator SNCF and the Paris public transport operator RATP. For its production of the Regio 2N articulated double-deck train, Bombardier developed a test platform that consists of the entire life-sized network of cables and onboard electronic equipment to simulate commercial operating conditions.

Onboard electronic equipment has become ever more sophisticated to meet the increasing demand of customers and passengers for speed, safety and comfort. Up to 100 different types of electronics control numerous functions such as doors, brakes, air conditioning, passenger information and sound systems.

“The rail industry has embraced the electronic era and deserves appropriate test tools to meet customers’ expectations,” said Christophe Bertin, Engineering Director for the Crespin and Bruges sites at Bombardier Transportation. “We are confident that these state-of-the-art test facilities will improve further the performance of our rolling stock. We need to anticipate and simulate extreme operating conditions so the train, once commissioned, is fully operational.”

Jean- Pierre Cartellini, General Director of Valutec, added: “This new partnership is in line with the mission of our land transportation technology centre. It aims to share its resources for testing with research laboratories as well as rail and automotive builders and suppliers to promote innovation and support companies in the development of modern modes of transportation.”

Valutec is the first subsidiary of UVHC and home to the C3T test centre. It is officially recognized as a centre for technological resources by the French Government and Nord-Pas de Calais regional government.

Partnerships with academic institutions like Valutec form an integral part of Bombardier’s dialogue with stakeholders. The joint research addresses sustainability challenges in the rail industry and contributes to the company’s growth strategies globally.

About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. A major player in the French rail market, Bombardier operates from its site in Crespin in Northern France, which houses Centres of Excellence for bogies, reliability and on-board electronics as well as a certified testing laboratory. Bombardier Transportation employs 2,000 people in France.

The company develops a wide range of rail rolling stock products including the Regio 2N double-deck regional train. To date, 129 Regio 2N trains have been ordered. Two further milestone contracts underline Bombardier’s rail expertise: l’Autorail Grande Capacité (AGC), a regional train highly popular with passengers and the world’s first hybrid train, with 700 trains currently operating in all 21 French Regions; and the Francilien, a modern commuter train co-financed by the SNCF and STIF. Bombardier also participates in the MF 2000 metro vehicles and the MI09 RER A for the Paris Metro.

Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, we posted revenues of $18.3 billion USD. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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Regio 2N is a trademark of the Association of French Regions (ARF).

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