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Importance and Applications of Robotic and Autonomous Systems (RAS) in Railway Maintenance Sector: A Review

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Glasgow Caledonian University; Glasgow G4 0BA, UK
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Computers 2019, 8(3), 56;
Received: 19 June 2019 / Revised: 23 July 2019 / Accepted: 25 July 2019 / Published: 30 July 2019
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Maintenance, which is critical for safe, reliable, quality, and cost-effective service, plays a dominant role in the railway industry. Therefore, this paper examines the importance and applications of Robotic and Autonomous Systems (RAS) in railway maintenance. More than 70 research publications, which are either in practice or under investigation describing RAS developments in the railway maintenance, are analysed. It has been found that the majority of RAS developed are for rolling-stock maintenance, followed by railway track maintenance. Further, it has been found that there is growing interest and demand for robotics and autonomous systems in the railway maintenance sector, which is largely due to the increased competition, rapid expansion and ever-increasing expenses. View Full-Text
Keywords: robotics; autonomous systems; railway; maintenance robotics; autonomous systems; railway; maintenance

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Vithanage, R.K.W.; Harrison, C.S.; DeSilva, A.K.M. Importance and Applications of Robotic and Autonomous Systems (RAS) in Railway Maintenance Sector: A Review. Computers 2019, 8, 56.

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