On 19th December 2008, Zakłady Automatyki KOMBUD S.A. signed an agreement No. UDA-PIG.01.04.00-14-015/08; UDA-POIG.04.01.00-14-015/08 with the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development for the completion of research and investment project "ESTER - cost-effective system of remote train control and operation," under the 2007-2013 Operational Programme "Innovative Economy" and action 1.4-4.1 "Support for research and development projects, and implementation of the results."
Phase 1: March 2009 - June 2012
Phase 2: July 2012 - March 2013
The project aimed at development of an automatic train control system for low traffic density lines where ETCS and ERTMS systems are expected to be set up to accommodate TEN-T corridor networks. For financial reasons, many low traffic density sections are closed, which causes serious social and economic problems. The solution is to employ train control systems requiring reduced human intervention. Previous projects were based on the standard system of power supply which generates high cost of assembly and maintenance (construction works including cable-laying and replacement) and usage (high energy costs).
The idea behind the project was to design a new product based on the existing train control system, to create an automatic train control system using radio signals. The new system also brought concrete environmental benefits (no construction works harmful to the environment). It is also more economical, as it works only during the train trip, and uses alternative energy sources.
The project provided the market with a cost-effective and socially useful train control tool for low traffic density lines, and KOMBUD added a new product to its portfolio, further strengthening its position as one of the leading Polish innovators.
The project was carried out in two phases. Phase 1 lasted for 3 years (40 months) and included research and development works. Initially, it took the form of "desk research," followed by laboratory and field research. This phase resulted in developing the system prototype. The end product was created using latest IT solutions, wireless data transmission technology, energy-efficient power supply and lighting systems, and wireless sensor networks.
Phase 2 included R&D activities to obtain an industry certificate for its new product (train control systems), and add the system to KOMBUD's offer. The new product combines level crossing safety systems (automatic level crossing systems), automatic train operation and control, interlocking station equipment system connected to LED signal heads and a system of axle counters using radio-frequency data transmission.
On 18th October 2010, Zakłady Automatyki KOMBUD S.A. signed an agreement No. RPMA.01.05.00-14-320/08-00 with the Mazovian Unit of EU Programmes Implementation in Warsaw, for the investment project "Purchase and Assembly of Innovative CNC Machining," under the Priority 1 for Action 1.5 of the 2007-2013 Regional Operational Programme for the Mazovian Voivodeship.
Project duration: October 2010 - March 2011
The aim of this undertaking was to improve economic competitiveness and facilitate sustainable social and economic development in the region, which resulted in better economic performance of the state.
To fulfil those commitments, KOMBUD S.A. modernised its production infrastructure (purchase of modern machining equipment), which enabled the company to use modern technologies in the design and production processes.
Completion of the programme was accompanied by the purchase and launching of:
- GILDEMEISTER CNC horizontal machining centre.
- GILDEMEISTER CNC vertical machining centre.
- BYSTRONIC CNC edging press.
The investment was complemented with:
- Engine-powered forklift truck with 4.5 ton capacity.
- 3 IT workstations for product designers and machining equipment programmers.
Thanks to this complementary equipment, the Machining Centre is now able to independently manufacture the company's products, which reduces production costs and time to completion. Significant savings were generated after the removal of the depleted machine park.
The equipment mentioned above ensures:
- enhanced production capacity - reduced production time;
- product quality improvement;
- lower servicing costs - more effective repetitive manufacturing processes;
- lower production costs - reduced material and energy consumption;
- increased occupational health and safety standards of machining workstations;
The modern machine park enabled KOMBUD to accelerate the R&D processes, as well as design new equipment and systems. New machining methods facilitate the modification and simplification of developed systems, and support the application of new technologies in designing new equipment and services.