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Brazil: Siemens technology is used in MRS Logística's digital solution for unmanned trains

Bnamericas Published: Thursday, November 17, 2022

This is a machine translation of Siemens' press release, originally in Portuguese

A company specializing in innovation, Siemens, together with Newon, supported the development of an innovative solution to ensure the safety of MRS Logística trains that transport ore operating without a crew in a Self-Rescue Zone (ZAS), that is, where presence is not allowed or flow of people. The project was developed for one of the largest logistics operators in the country by Newon, a leader in bespoke digitization and automation technologies.

“We studied together with Newon how the Siemens automation solution could meet the safety requirements of MRS Logística, which needed to remove the driver while traveling in risk areas”, says Felipe Azevedo, business development engineer at Siemens. The driver gets off the locomotive at the beginning of the stretch where he cannot circulate and finds a station where he remotely monitors the autonomous functioning of the system. If necessary, there is also the possibility of remote intervention. The initial partnership equipped eight sets of locomotives.

The solution is based on an automation hardware architecture aimed at applications in railway complexes, with sufficient robustness to withstand the physical conditions imposed by this type of operation. The platform is integrated with open monitoring systems via industrial protocols through radio frequency at 400 Mhz and 4G LTE cellular network, using IIoT industrial internet of things technologies, guaranteeing total autonomy. The operation is monitored using an industrial tablet on site and integrated into the logistics operator's Control Center.

About Digital Industries

Siemens Digital Industries (DI) is a leader in automation and digitalization innovations. Collaborating with partners and customers, it drives digital transformation in the process and discrete manufacturing industries. With its portfolio of solutions for the digital industry, it provides companies of all sizes with a complete set of products, solutions and services to integrate and digitize the entire value chain. Optimized to meet the specific needs of each industry, DI's unique portfolio helps customers achieve greater productivity and flexibility. DI constantly adds innovations to its portfolio to integrate future cutting-edge technologies. With its global headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, it has approximately 76,000 employees worldwide.

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a technology company focused on industry, infrastructure, transport and healthcare. From more resource-efficient factories, resilient supply chains, and smarter buildings and networks, to cleaner, more comfortable transportation and advanced healthcare, the company creates technology with purpose that delivers real value for customers. By uniting the real and digital worlds, Siemens enables its customers to transform their sectors and markets, helping them transform the daily lives of billions of people. Siemens also owns a majority stake in publicly traded Siemens Healthineers, a leading global provider of medical technology that is shaping the future of healthcare. In addition, Siemens holds a minority stake in Siemens Energy, a global leader in the transmission and generation of electrical energy.

In fiscal 2021, ended September 30, 2021, the Siemens Group generated revenue of €62.3 billion and net income of €6.7 billion. As of September 30, 2021, the company has approximately 303,000 employees worldwide. More information is available on the internet here .

In Brazil, Siemens began its first activities in 1867, with the installation of the pioneering telegraph line between Rio de Janeiro and Rio Grande do Sul. In 1905, the company was founded in the country. Throughout its history in Brazil, Siemens has actively contributed to the construction and modernization of infrastructure. The Siemens Group comprises Siemens (Infrastructure and Industry), Siemens Healthineers and Siemens Mobility. Currently, the Siemens Group has four factories, five Research and Development centers and five Distribution Centers spread throughout the national territory. For more information visit our website .

About Newon

Newon specializes in bespoke digitization and automation technologies, develops and implements projects to modernize and make its customers' businesses more productive, efficient, agile and profitable.

It stands out mainly in highly complex and multidisciplinary demands. It delivers fast and accurate answers, adjusted to the needs of each client, always with flexibility, customization and an excellent cost-benefit ratio. It operates from end to end, from the project, through implementation and startup, to the post-delivery follow-up phases. More information here .

About MRS Logística

MRS is a logistics operator that manages a rail network of 1,643 km in the states of Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, a region that concentrates around half of the Brazilian GDP. Today, the company is among the largest freight railroads in the world, with production almost four times higher than that recorded in the 1990s. Almost 20% of everything Brazil exports and a third of all cargo transported by train in the country passes through MRS rails.

Our production is diversified, among the main cargoes we transport are: containers, steel, cement, bauxite, agricultural, coke, coal and iron ore.

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