Open Innovation: Lighter-Weight Trains
The Siemans website reported that radical new approaches to the development of rolling stock are extremely rare. Christian Karner and Radovan Seifried of Siemens, together with Prof. Christian Moser of Graz University, have succeeded in developing a new chassis frame that weighs half as much as the standard model. For its achievement, the team was awarded the Inventor of the Year 2016 prize in the Open Innovation category. “Before us, nobody had dared a new concept for the chassis frame because it was difficult to imagine how a much lighter design could withstand these [very heavy] loads”, explained Prof. Moser. “Open innovation makes it easier to depart entirely from conventional ways of thinking. It is extremely exciting to be able to go new ways.”
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