Siemens’ Exider train rolls on three continents

Siemens Energy & Automation reports that its 14-railcar Exider Technology Train exhibit is now visiting its third continent and continuing to demonstrate that integrated automation can help manufacturing. Siemens invested $16 million to buy and outfit the train, and send it on a tour of Europe, Asia, and North America.

By Staff May 1, 2004

Siemens Energy & Automation reports that its 14-railcar Exider Technology Train exhibit is now visiting its third continent and continuing to demonstrate that integrated automation can help manufacturing. Siemens invested $16 million to buy and outfit the train, and send it on a tour of Europe, Asia, and North America.

Besides shipping and staffing the train, Siemens paid “rush charges” to airlift it from a ship that had left China, but was delayed by a typhoon while en route to the U.S. This allowed the train to arrive on time at its first “station” in North America at National Manufacturing Week (NMW) 2004, Feb. 23-26, in Chicago, according to Aubert Martin, Siemens E&A’s president and CEO. More than 100,000 people in Europe and Asia have seen the Exider exhibit during the past two years. More than 16,000 visitors are expected to tour the train during its stops in 21 cities in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

Exider’s installation at NMW covered 7,000 square feet at Chicago’s McCormick Place, and was the only time it was moved from the tracks to be displayed. Exider showcases more than 40,000 Siemens products, systems, and solutions. On-board examples include sensors, transmitters, vision systems, and even drives used in locomotives.