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Keeping the railway network DC immune

Keeping the railway network DC immune
Being long term contractors to Southern Rail/GTR, K H Engineering Services often find themselves in frequent need to deal with protection of mains power equipment within areas of high DC power usage. This specialist protection is required for all electrical mains supplies likely to be used by the public – such as socket outlets, ticket machines, hand driers, water heaters and more recently electric vehicle charging points to BS 7671 in station car parks.
16th February 2018

High performance connectors for data transmission in rail networks

High performance connectors for data transmission in rail networks
TE Connectivity has launched a new range of M12 rail connectors for field assembly. The M12 X-Code series connectors enable data transmission rates of up to 10Gb per second (according to IEC 802.3an Cat 6a), their full-metal shells provide all-round shielding against EMI/RFI interference, and they are sealed against dust and water to IP67 level. Intended applications include data and sensor networks, train door control assemblies and rail vehicle HVAC systems.
16th February 2018

Dynamic cable clamp suitable for rail power connectors

Dynamic cable clamp suitable for rail power connectors
Mechatronics company, Stäubli Electrical Connectors, has announced that its MPC Modular Power Connector range is used in rail power applications. Where the cables are regularly moved, such as when connecting and disconnecting rolling stock, the cables need to be clamped where they enter the MPC to prevent damage from repeated flexing.
14th February 2018


Stockholm station gets new platform screen doors control system

Stockholm station gets new platform screen doors control system
Within the Stockholm City and Stockholm Odenplan stations, the COPPILOT platform screen doors control system is designed by Clearsy, and it is now in charge of opening and closing the platform edge doors manufactured by Gilgen Door Systems. Originally opened back in July 2017, the Stockholm City and Stockholm Odenplan stations are the two stations of the Citybanan, a commuter railway tunnel beneath central Stockholm. For these two stations, Clearsy and Gilgen Door Systems have developed innovative features for the edge doors.
6th February 2018

Project to make maintenance more effective on railways

Project to make maintenance more effective on railways
  Experts at the University of Huddersfield are playing a central role in a £680,000 project designed to transform the maintenance of rail vehicles - and they will test their new techniques on the hard-working trains operated by London Underground.
31st January 2018

A universal key for railway applications

A universal key for railway applications
FDB Panel Fittings Managing Director, Gary Miles here talks about what he believes a modern day universal key for railway applications is. Miles explained: “In the railway industry we work with many different key types for various applications, requiring people to carry a lot of keys wherever they go. So we created a convenient and flexible product to better serve this industry – a universal key for 4 different inserts so that engineers can conveniently open multiple applications with one key."
29th January 2018

Durable rail bogies turns to carbon fibre and 3D printing

Durable rail bogies turns to carbon fibre and 3D printing
New generations of railway vehicles with carbon fibre frames and key components made using the latest 3D printing technology could be the result of new research at the University of Huddersfield. The investigation of novel materials and manufacturing processes is being carried out by the University’s Institute for Railway Research, which has been awarded funding of almost £300,000 as part of an EU-backed project to develop lighter, more reliable, more comfortable and quieter rolling stock.
17th January 2018

Network Rail prioritises safety and electric power

Network Rail prioritises safety and electric power
Network Rail plans to harness the expertise of researchers at the University of Huddersfield in order to solve some of the most pressing issues facing modern railways, such as reliability of electric power supplies and how to maximise safety. Sir Peter Hendy, who chairs Network Rail – the public body that owns and manages most of the network in England, Scotland and Wales – paid a special visit to the University’s Institute of Railway Research (IRR).  
11th January 2018

DC/AC wave inverters deliver 30VA pure output voltage

DC/AC wave inverters deliver 30VA pure output voltage
ABSOPULSE Electronics’ has announced the RSI 30-D1 series of railway quality sine wave inverters which deliver 30VA pure sine wave output voltage. The inverters meet the requirements of EN50155 for electronic equipment used on railway rolling stock. They employ microprocessor controlled high frequency PWM technology to convert 24, 48, 72, 96 or 110VDC, with wide EN50155 input ranges, to 115, 230VAC or custom outputs.
12th December 2017

Making tracks at rail manufacturing facility

Making tracks at rail manufacturing facility
  In order to help simplify component and supply chain requirements at Hitachi Rail Europe's Newton Aycliffe based train manufacturing facility, the company has worked with Optimas. The new UK factory is the first of its kind outside of Japan, and is aimed squarely at supporting the European market, an effort that has been aided by Optimas.
5th December 2017


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