CAF in Oz picks Infor for Sydney light rail project

CAF Australia has chosen Infor Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) for the Parramatta Light Rail project, specifically to help manage and maintain a diverse portfolio of assets including 13 seven-module URBOS Light Rail Vehicles.

Infor EAM will also help CAF in the systems and their integration which includes substations, communications, control centre and systems for signalling and traction.

The contract spans 11 years, during which Infor will provide a range of cloud-based asset management solutions.

The Parramatta Light Rail is one of the New South Wales government’s latest major infrastructure projects, being delivered through Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) to serve a growing Sydney. 

Expected to roll out in 2023, the project will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia, with a two-way track spanning 12 kilometres. 

The projection is that by 2026, around 28,000 people will use Parramatta Light Rail every day and an estimated 130,000 people will be living within walking distance of light rail stops.

With Infor EAM at its core, CAF will establish a centralised asset strategy encompassing asset acquisition, control and maintenance to comply with the contractual requirements of TfNSW. 

The deployment will ensure FRACAS (Failure Reporting, Analysis and Corrective Action System) processes are followed appropriately, using system capability for ensuring overall asset performance and cloud technology such as automation, IoT, and telemetry integrations.

Ramon Muntada, CAF TE Australia Area Manager, said Infor was chosen because of its expertise in offering asset management solutions to similar organisations in the transportation sector, and understands the complexity of operating and maintaining transport services across Australia and overseas.

“We’ve partnered with Infor for many years globally, and even use Infor’s ERP solutions to manage the manufacturing process of our light rail vehicles in Europe,” said Muntada.

He said Infor’s solutions will ensure that health- and safety- related practices are enforced and enable CAF to efficiently and easily manage audit trails.