Category: ASTRAN

Hyperloop in Germany

THROUGH THE TUBE AT 1,100 KM/H – HYPERLOOP IN GERMANY The hype surrounding the Hyperloop has died down. But that doesn’t mean work isn’t continuing on it, as the Technical University of Munich shows, because Germany is getting its first test tube in Bavaria. This first Hyperloop is to be built near Munich. The researchers want to use it to test hyperloop technology in practice. The tube is to be 24 meters long. A vacuum is to be created inside it so that a vehicle can move through the tube […]

WABTEC CORPORATION – Systematical on the way to becoming a GLOBAL PLAYER

Founded by George Westinghouse as Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation, the origins of Wabtec Corporation date back to 1869. In its current form, Wabtec Corpo-ration has been in existence since 1999. Although Wabtec is rather unknown in the Euro-pean rail market apart from Faiveley Transport, the group has recently become one of the top ten rail system companies and achieved a turnover of around 7.8 billion dollars in the financial year 2021.At the end of the 19th century, George Westinghouse developed the air brake. The com-pany he founded, Westinghouse Air […]

SUSTAINABILITY AS BUSINESS MODEL – PIONEER VOSSLOH AG

Sustainability as a business model – pioneer Vossloh AG Vossloh is a globally active and listed rail technology company headquartered in Werdohl, which today focuses on rail infrastructure in its core business. In the financial year 2021, the company’s sales could be fully attributed to the EU taxonomy regulation, thus underpinning the sustainability of Vossloh’s business model. The company has a long tradition: in 1888, the blacksmith Eduard Vossloh founded the company of the same name in Werdohl. As early as 1883, Vossloh was working on behalf of the Royal […]

Pre-Show-Marketing

Trade fairs offer companies an ideal setting to present themselves and their products to a large audience and are thus among the most effective marketing tools in B2B communication. To generate leads, it is not enough to act freely according to the motto “see and be seen”. The trade fair appearance must be subject to clear goals. Work on achieving these goals begins months before the actual trade fair – by means of pre-show marketing.   Meaning of pre-show marketing At trade fairs, you compete with many other companies for […]

Rail Market Research is Online – New International Knowledge Platform in Operation

The ASTRAN team has created an online framework for a lively exchange of information for industry experts. Insights from different perspectives and independent authors create a colorful picture of opinions on the special role of rail-based transport in reducing climate change. In-depth analysis, clear and robust market information helps to keep track in an increasingly complex dynamic information jungle. Air pollution and global warming are among the most pressing challenges facing humanity. One approach to solving the pressing problems of climate change is to increase the use of rail transport. […]

Freight Transport with a Future – Digital Automatic Coupling

THE DIGITAL AUTOMATIC COUPLER (DAC) IS A FUNDAMENTAL BUILDING BLOCK AND MILESTONE FOR THE GROWTH OF RAIL FREIGHT TRANSPORT THROUGHOUT EUROPE! In the history of freight cars, screw couplings have been used exclusively ever since. In this process, a shackle weighing approx. 20 kg has to be placed on the hooks of two wagons so that the two wagons can then be connected to each other by turning a screw thread of the couplings. The air lines for brakes as well as power and data bus lines are then coupled […]

3D printing in vehicle maintenance

3D printing has been in professional use in industry for many years and enables a wide variety of products. Since the first commercially available 3D printer in 1988, which was based on the laser sintering process, a lot has changed to today’s methods and processes. The generic term for all this is the so-called “additive processes”, in which components are built up layer by layer. Deutsche Bahn and all its suppliers also produce spare parts from metal and plastic using 3D printing. This can drastically shorten delivery times in particular. […]

Disaster Recovery Plan

  As a result of the Covid‐19 lockdown and the associated increased adoption of the working from home model, many companies have had to restructure their IT, leading to changes in working methods and processes and potentially creating new vulnerabilities in IT security. In addition, working from home workplaces open up new gateways for hackers. Thus, hacker attacks increased substantially in the course of the pandemic. However, not only during the pandemic, but also before, companies and public institutions became victims of hacker attacks, which led to the “lockdown” of […]

Our year 2017

We would like to say “Thank you!“ Thank you for another successful year for ASTRAN with great customers and partners, great friends and colleagues.   [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”4″ gal_title=”ASTRAN-Rückblick”]

The Digital Transformation of the Railway Industry: Digitization and Standardization Go Hand in Hand

Digitization offers the opportunity to create a new competitive structure that promotes the rail system as a whole and makes companies active in the rail market more competitive and innovative. In this regard the German railway industry faces new structural challenges. In the past, the established rail industry companies have already contributed significantly to the increasing automation of rail transport. In the future, however, the role of IT-intensive activities will become more and more important, so that even current non-industry players will discover the rail sector as an attractive industry […]