Every two years in September InnoTrans provides a professional platform for innovative transport technology from all over the world. All the leading manufacturers in this industry will be presenting their latest vehicles, rolling stock, components and systems in the halls and on the rail track at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. The Innovation Report provides an overview of the exciting array of products that are making their debut at InnoTrans.
It is arranged alphabetically, according to exhibitors, and presents selected exhibits and offers. The images can be enlarged and downloaded at the click of a mouse.
A download version of the Innovation Report can be found here (PDF, 24.8 MB).
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The power electronics used in this new type of traction transformer from this exhibitor make it smaller and lighter than other, conventional models, as well as improving the efficiency of the train. The new PETT (power electronic traction transformer) is based on an innovative multilevel inverter topology, which uses high performance IGBT (insulated gate bipolar transistor) semiconductors and mid-frequency transformers. These replace the conventional combination of transformer and rectifier. The mid-frequency transformer also reduces noise levels. As part of a long term partnership between Swiss Railways (SBB) and ABB a PETT pilot installation is currently being tested in a shunting locomotive . This is based at the main station in Geneva and is powered both by a 15 kV AC and 1.5 kV DC supply. The PETT currently being deployed has a rated output of 1.2 MW and can produce up to 1.8 MW over short periods.
At InnoTrans 2012, French manufacturer ACKSYS introduces its new and extremely robust wireless product: « WLn-ABOARD ». The technology of this innovative WiFi device has been specifically tailored for railway applications. It features all the proven technologies of the “WLg-ABOARD” and offers above all a dual radio IEEE 802.11n a/b/g (up to 2 x 300 Mbps). This dual RF design is the outstanding attribute of the entire solution, allowing the WLn-ABOARD to operate simultaneously two separate networks for carriage bridging and in-carriage communication and to provide a secure and highly available wireless connection. WLn-ABOARD enables operators to improve mobile communications in motion (thanks to its optimized roaming performances: handover = 0 ms) and to develop a wide range of new in-vehicle networking applications such as wireless Internet access, Voice over IP, passenger WiFi services, CCTV and smart vehicle diagnostic/maintenance.
At InnoTrans 2012 the Turkish manufacturer AKTAS, which primarily produces air suspension units, is presenting the latest such springs, designed specifically for railway use. After supplying air suspensions for many years for buses, trailers and other commercial vehicles, this exhibitor is now applying its wide-ranging experience and valuable expertise to the railway sector. To ensure that air cannot leak from the suspension unit a special type of rubber has been developed for railway use. This product has been designed and manufactured with the aid of an extensive range of special manufacturing and testing accessories, enabling testing to be carried out on all kinds of additional rail system suspensions, from original equipment suppliers as well as from retrofitters. The secondary air suspension is located between the car body and wheel frame, providing passengers with a more comfortable journey. All the design and development studies have been carried out with the aid of AKTAS in-house methods and are intended to further improve the performance of the products.
A press of a button at the InfoGate counter puts passengers in contact with an agent who can offer them advice. This agent appears in the form of a high definition image on the screen of the multimedia kiosk, and can answer questions just as if he were present on the platform. This service can be provided in several languages. In addition to reproducing images and sound the InfoGate counter also offers many other interactive possibilities, such as an NFC interface, a quick-response code reader for transferring data to and from a smart phone, a high definition camera for scanning any rail tickets which the agent needs to change, and a printer to print out the new ticket. The counter is connected to a multimedia contact centre via a wireless broadband network. The new multimedia information kiosk provides assistance, advice and support at a level comparable with that available in genuine interpersonal interaction, and enables the operators of transport networks to optimise their personnel resources.
The H3 vehicle platform from ALSTOM is a more compact, new generation of three-axle shunting locomotives. In addition to a version with hybrid technology for shunting operations a twin generator version for use on longer routes is also available, as well as a powerful 1,000 kilowatt single motor version for medium-distance routes. The distinctive features of this platform are its three axles, a speed in excess of 100 km/h, a 60 meter curve radius and start-up tractive force of 240 kilonewtons. In a combined fleet these vehicles can be used without any problems in dual traction. The hybrid locomotive achieves a maximum output of 700 kilowatts with a 350 kilowatt diesel generator, the additional output coming from large batteries which are recharged by the generator in phases with a reduced load. When operating on battery power the locomotive does not produce any exhaust emissions and both noise levels and vibration are kept to a minimum. According to the manufacturer this is a unique feature and helps to protect personnel when operating in tunnels or close to buildings.
For the first time the OmniPlanar TOP 230 AMR series of train radio antennas combine the technique of analogue antenna 2m band radio systems and digital communication systems, for example for Tetra / GSM / UMTS / GPS / WLAN. This allows shared use of different radio systems on a single antenna with an extremely slim design and an antenna height of just 140mm. According to the manufacturer this provides one of the flattest 2m band antennas on the public transport market. Based on the selective coupling of the respective frequency range through high quality connectors of the N-type series, the cost-intensive splitters normally required for broadband antennas used on railways can be dispensed with. This selective coupling improves the effectiveness of the individual bands compared with conventional multi-band broadband concepts with only a single connection. A super-flat 2m band antenna with a design height of only 60mm is being introduced at InnoTrans 2012.
RailDISPO enables rail transport companies to efficiently control the effective provision of transport services, making best possible use of available resources. This web-based management software and telematics solution comprises the processing of orders, a graphic representation of the deployment of personnel and rolling stock, and accounting. The 2012 version has been developed to satisfy new requirements, with improvements to personnel planning, such as the scheduling and display of services. The result is a simplified allocation of days for time off and work availability. The new Java-based client application also allows decentralized use and decentralized access under changing conditions in on- and off-line status. Dispatch by email now takes place automatically, for example in supplying movement reports with details about times as well as vehicle and train data. RailDISPO, a joint venture project involving MIB Ingenieurgesellschaft für Verkehrssysteme mbH and ASCI Systemhaus GmbH, is partially supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWi).
In paragraph 4.2.8. “Reporting system of railway wagon movements” the EU regulation (TSI) “Telematics Applications for Freight Traffic” specifies that data such as ‘wagon departure’, ‘wagon arrival’, ‘hazardous goods’ and the UIC number must be stored and electronically accessible. NUMBERCheck, a new, intelligent optical system, automatically collects the relevant data when wagons are entering or leaving the shunting station or container terminal, factory or port area and makes this information available to the respective railway or industrial data network. In addition to each wagon number, images of the wagons that pass through are also stored. This recorded information provides details about the condition of each wagon, so that any possible damage can be clarified or claims can be submitted. Through interfaces with nearly all known railway companies the system also offers automatic billing for the owner of the infrastructure.
The manufacturer ATB is drawing attention to the fresh new styling and the wide range of functions of the 1887 AHEAD ticket validator, which has been designed to meet the requirements of the future too. Equipped with a powerful processor and a co-processor, this new device offers an extensive and expandable range of capabilities. The exhibitor explains that the unique feature of this unit is that it can still be operated with the traditional daisy wheel system as well as with an ink jet printer. Special customer requirements can be individually met. For example a radio clock, RFID module, WLAN connection, ethernet, RS232 interfaces and a USB are available as options. Any validator from the 1887 AHEAD series can be designated as a master in order to control all the other validators as slaves in a self-contained system. As with previous models, servicing and extensive diagnostics together with evaluation of the logbook can be carried out directly on the validator via an external test work station.
The comprehensive solution from AUCOTEC is capable of displaying all the electrical engineering requirements for rail vehicles using just a single set of software. The Engineering Base (EB) software platform compiles all the information about projects in a central data base, encompassing various different disciplines, and makes it accessible to all those involved. The special features of this system have been designed to meet the requirements imposed not only by rail vehicle technology but also by signalling, and by energy supply and communication technology. The developers claim that EB is the only software that combines all the different aspects of technical data management in a single system, without the need for interfaces, system transformation and duplicated data maintenance. Updated data appears with comments about the changes that have been made, which can also be seen by designers, who can then incorporate it immediately in their as-built documentation. The use of a secure private cloud means that this documentation can also be processed directly on mobile devices.
Auson is making use of InnoTrans 2012 to introduce its environmentally friendly sound insulating compounds to the rail industry. Vibration is the primary source of annoying sounds; and Noxudol 3100 & 3101 offer an effective and time saving way of preventing air- and structure-borne noise. The compounds have a well-documented high sound insulating factor and weigh approximately half as much as traditional asphalt mats Two other advantages are their high resistance to abrasion and their significantly reduced absorption of water. This means that the material can be used as a combination of sound insulation and protection against condensation, rust and wear under demanding conditions. Auson also offers a wide range of rust protection products. Noxudol 720, for example, is a solvent free, rust preventive wax product which is manufactured in accordance with customers’ specifications to provide the required degree of penetration. The material is drip-free just 30 minutes after application.
The bogie lifting system from Austrian company Autolift GmbH can be installed at ground level next to supported track. The telescopic construction provides an effective lift of 1,800 mm at installation depths of just 1,500 mm. Four telescopic underfloor jacks under the bearing cases raise the bogie so that the wheels can still turn freely. The use of mobile axle supports and a centrally positioned underfloor pair of jacks means that entire axles can also be removed and set down, and the remaining bogie frame and axle can also be jacked up. The lifting system provides easy access all around the bogie and underneath it too. Existing, supported track can be converted in a bogie workshop without requiring major constructional measures. Early in 2012 this exhibitor installed six of these bogie lifting systems in a metro depot in Oslo. Longitudinal crossbeams can be used to include additional applications for tram bogies, which have a shorter wheelbase.
The Bulgarian company BDZ Passengers EOOD is presenting the prototype of a new boarding assistance system, known as BAS, at InnoTrans 2012. It assists people with restricted mobility, the disabled, older people or travellers with pushchairs or heavy luggage to board trains. The prototype was created under a project financed by the EU, “PubTrans4All – Public Transportation Accessibility for All”. Because there was no vehicle-based BAS for traditional UIC carriages at the time, the development consortium decided to develop a suitable boarding assistance system for this type of carriage. Investment in the installation and technical calculations resulted in the choice of the swivel-lift concept as the most suitable design for the limited space available in traditional UIC carriages. The BAS prototype has been installed in a special UIC carriage by this Bulgarian company, and can be seen at InnoTrans2012.
Bombardier Transportation is using InnoTrans 2012 for the first presentation of its TRAXX F140 diesel multi-engine locomotive and the TRAXX AC locomotive with a supplementary diesel engine. The TRAXX F140 DEME locomotive has been designed for European-wide passenger and freight operations. The replacement of the single diesel power unit by four industrial diesel engines offers significant advantages for users. The locomotive complies with the new, stricter Stage IIIB exhaust gas emission standards imposed by the EU. Moreover, compared with a single power unit, fuel consumption, exhaust emissions and life cycle costs have all been significantly reduced. The TRAXX AC with Last Mile Diesel gives operators much more operational flexibility because it eliminates the need to change locomotives in shunting areas such as stations where there is a transfer from system to another, terminals, ports or factory premises. As a rule the final few metres of rail track are not electrified, requiring the use of shunting locomotives to bridge the gap but, with the introduction of the new TRAXX AC locomotive, this is no longer necessary.
BORCAD has designed its new Comfort seat for medium and long distance travel. The initial concept forms the basis for use in first and second class and meets all kinds of customer requirements. The original solution for adapting the position of the seat enables passengers on long journeys to find the ideal position but without disturbing or restricting their fellow passengers. The exhibitor reports that railway network operators appreciate the wide range of accessories. A monitor can be installed in the seat, with a reading lamp on the back and storage space for magazines. Designed with the passive safety of passengers in mind, the seats are also attractively styled. This supplier has been awarded the Red Dot Award 2012 in the Product Design category, signifying the successful debut of the Comfort seat on the German market. The Comfort seat will be in regular use on Czech Railways from December 2012.
Business System has expanded Microsoft NAV 2009 with the inclusion of modules for the management of operating timetables, maintenance workshops and staff working schedules, and now claims to provide the first comprehensive ERP system designed specially for public transport companies. The central administrative system meets all the requirements for modern business management, according to this Swiss exhibitor. It dispenses with the complicated harmonization processes and manual intervention that are a feature of stand-alone solutions within the company. The areas of production, maintenance workshops and the management of operating schedules are linked together and harmonized with maximum effectiveness. If required, the latest external, peripheral systems such as ticket outlets or customer information systems can communicate very easily with Microsoft Dynamics NAV. The system component Finances, for example, encompasses financial and operating accounting, payroll accounting and allowances, cost accounting, fixed asset registers and the management of receivables/payables.
The high speed train platform Oaris is one of the main innovations from CAF. It has been developed using in-house technology and offers the latest advances in terms of technology, design, safety and comfort, and is also capable of meeting the major challenges presented by railway interoperability. Also on display at InnoTrans 2012 is the Urbos range of trams and light rail vehicles, in the form of the Urbos 100, 70, AXL and Urbos TT. Their modular design enables these vehicles to be adapted to the individual requirements of any city. CAF is also presenting the Arium monorail. This is a solution for inner-city transport which is distinguished by the advantages it offers for easier servicing, improved energy efficiency and sustainability. The Civity series has been developed for suburban and intercity services. Designed for the international 1,435 millimetre gauge, it also offers outstanding flexibility and versatility.
The latest product from this specialist service producer, based in Quedlinburg, is intended for companies facing claims or that want to be prepared for such an eventuality: CARNEADES® Claim Management Audit. The exhibitor can use this system to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of a company’s current strategic claim management position. The main focus is on question such as: in what areas can a company face claims for which it is unprepared and which could result in financial losses, and where does a sound approach already exist for a claims management system that can be expanded to cover the entire company? The analysis concentrates on seven main aspects, for example, with the structural organisation in claim-relevant areas and with arrangements in connection with claim-relevant processes. At the conclusion of the audit CARNEADES presents the client with the results of the investigation and supplies an in-depth audit report containing recommendations for action in areas requiring improvement.
A remarkable test bench is being displayed by CEIT-IK4 at InnoTrans 2012, reproducing the contact between the wheels and rails under actual operating conditions, with precise regulation and monitoring of the relative speed and the forces being applied. The results obtained enable an estimated comparison to be made of the contact forces, together with the leakage current relationships, tribological analyses, the development of strategies for coping with tensile forces, the influence of lubricants/sand, investigations of noise and strategies for reducing noise emissions or rolling contact fatigue. As part of its HESCAP project CEIT-IK4 has developed a new generation of high energy, super capacitor-based systems. They can store between 25 and 30 Wh/kg, which is ten times higher than previous levels, while at the same time maintaining high power density and operating life and keeping costs down. The super-capacitator includes a module with an innovative, active voltage compensation system capable of transferring up to 15 amps between two capacitors
Cellofoam has expanded its F800 FR range for use in rail vehicles by the inclusion of a new product group, Cello® DRAIN. The sound insulating product from this exhibitor is intended for use on the wall and floor areas of rail vehicles and it allows condensation to run off freely, thus preventing the build-up of moisture. Cello® DRAIN consists of a fire-resistant PES fleece, available optionally with oil- and water-repellent properties, and a bendable spacing material that is designed to drain off any moisture. The condensation can therefore flow uninterrupted in all directions, preventing the absorbent material from becoming wet. If required an aluminium foil surface can be applied to Cello® DRAIN to prevent penetration by dirt or liquids and to maintain the highest hygienic standards. The combination with an aluminium surface complies with the latest fire regulations in accordance with CEN/TS 45545, satisfying the requirements of Category HL-3 for R1 materials.
A new man-machine interface (MMI), the E-Vision, is being exhibited by CENTRALP for the first time at InnoTrans 2012. It has been financed by in-house research and development funding. The French exhibitor draws attention to the simplified design and conformity with all common railway standards and in particular to the excellent ratio of price to performance and the outstanding quality. This new development is 25 per cent cheaper than the average MMI currently available on the market. The E-Vision has been designed to restrict the number of mechanical parts to a minimum. Instead of the average of 10 to 15 parts in a standard interface of this kind it comprises just four. The wire-less plug-in connectors are attached directly to the circuit board. Other advantages of this new MMI include its low weight and small dimensions, giving it just half the thickness of comparable models.
Line 1 on the Paris metro is being automated and as part of this process automatic doors are being installed on all platforms. Before the doors close it is vital to ensure that no one is trapped in the gap between the train and the platform. Clearsy is responsible for the design and installation of the DIL system. This ensures that, should an accident occur in this gap, trains are prevented from departing and the necessary information is passed on to the control centre. The DIL system monitors 18 hazardous gaps at stations with the relevant curves. GAPS is an on-board electronic system for the Regiolis trains made by Alstom. It measures the gap between the train and the platform prior to the installation of the mechanism for closing the gap, and prior to the granting of authorisation and application of the system. This closure mechanism comprises a mobile stage that fills the space between the train and the platform to enable passengers with restricted mobility to safely enter or leave the train.
Concrete Canvas (CC) is a flexible, synthetic, woven fabric impregnated with a cement mixture and sewn onto a PVC base. When water is added it forms a thin, very robust, waterproof and fire-resistant concrete surface. It can basically be described as concrete on a roll, and permits applications without the need for the usual machines such as mixers and pumps. CC is simply placed in position, water is added, and the job is done. This material has been commercially available since 2009 and the manufacturers claim that it is an economical alternative to standard concrete. It is being shown for the first time in Germany at InnoTrans 2012. Concrete Canvas is eco-friendly and in widescale use for the protection of embankments, in trench construction and to protect the ground around tank installations. Processing it is ten times faster than with prefabricated concrete components or in-situ concrete, with cost savings of up to 60 per cent. Because CC only absorbs as much water as is needed, it can also be worked during bad weather or under water.
The new Public Display range from CONRAC takes as its basis the latest Edge LED panels. The main features are the reduced power consumption of the new displays and a new IP protection concept. The IP54-protected display unit, preventing the ingress of dust or moisture, and the electronics box housing the electronic controls and the power supply, are designed as separate units. The electronics box has a special plug-in connection linking it to the display unit. This facilitates the rapid and simple replacement of the display electronics, which are available in a number of different configurations. This combines all advantages of a fully integrated concept with the simplified maintenance and flexibility of an external solution. The aluminium frame and front panel made of safety glass ensure that these displays are ideal for installation in public areas. The first models in this new series will be provided with screen diagonals of 42 and 55 inches, to be followed by a 46 inch version.
Since January 2012 ContiTech Air Spring Systems has been operating the world’s only laboratory for testing air spring systems in rail vehicles, and its independence has been recognized by the award of an official accreditation certificate. The laboratory has received accreditation for twelve important testing methods for the rail industry, in compliance with DIN EN ISO/ IEC 17025. With this range of services ContiTech Railway Engineering emphasises its capabilities as a leading supplier of air spring systems for use in railway engineering. Service and safety are at the heart of the display by ContiTech at this trade show. The display also features other high quality, hard-wearing products from ContiTech. The air springs that meet Japanese industrial standards are a new addition to the programme, and products also include a wider range of spare parts. The bellows cylinder that has been developed specially for use on rail vehicles is designed to be used with pantographs. Pipes carrying liquids or compressed air and which can cope with all the stresses of everyday railway usage complete the display.
A new kind of train simulator technology is being displayed by CORYS for the first time at InnoTrans 2012. This French exhibitor has over 600 train simulators, which are in operation all over the world. In 2011 the company completed a major research and development project in order to transfer its track image material, consisting of computer generated images, to the latest, serious gaming technology. Compared with the previous generation of CGI systems, this new solution from CORYS offers a number of advantages such as a three-fold improvement in performance, over one million polygons per image, more objects, more details, improved visual presentation and countless special effects. In terms of the instruction process for driver training this improved performance has produced a number of positive results. These include more realistic visual databases, with a correspondingly better level of acceptance by drivers in the course of their training, and the evaluation of more realistic driving situations such as night journeys, and a greater ability to estimate distances, and thus the improved recognition of signals.
The Cyclojet automatic undercarriage cleaning system uses high pressure jets of water for the rapid, effective and safe cleaning of the underside of various types of trains. Ultrasound and laser technology are used to determine whether various parts of the undercarriage require cleaning. Oscillating high pressure jets installed in the Cyclojet chassis cleaning unit carry out automated cleaning and rinsing of individual parts. The liquid cleaning agent is automatically filtered and recycled within the unit. The BULOX brake valve testing system can reliably simulate the operation of the brakes and of other pneumatic air valves in a single machine. It can test up to 30 different types of pneumatic air valves found on EMU trains, with a maximum testing pressure of 16 bar. BULOX Equipment, a division of the BULOX Corporation, is currently trading as Cyclosystem Pte Ltd, and designs, manufactures and distributes maintenance equipment for rail vehicles.
The DAMM stand at InnoTrans is showing how the modern infrastructure for voice and data communication via radio with TetraFlex® can meet the increased demands for security and operating efficiency in a public transport system. TetraFlex® has been developed to ensure the reliable, fast and continuous TETRA voice and data communication required for operational processes that are vital for the success of a business. The TetraFlex® architecture is fully networked and is 100 per cent IP-based. This means that the maximum on-site flexibility and the ability to offer expanded capacity are guaranteed without interfering with ongoing operations. The easily accessible API permits seamless integration with other system environments, for example, vehicle dispatch solutions, signalling systems and passenger information systems. TetraFlex® is available both with an internal base station and with an IP65-protected, compact external base station, thereby ensuring a high degree of installation flexibility.
The display by DB International at InnoTrans 2012 provides the first opportunity to see the improvements that have been made to its product portfolio in three areas. The new Business Consulting division has now acquired an independent status. Further developments have been made to System Consulting, providing technical advice for comprehensive and interdisciplinary solutions for all kinds of transport providers. Engineering remains the company’s core activity. Business Consulting from DB International provides consultancy services for management in the context of the overall rail-mobility-logistics system, from advice about strategy and concepts to an analysis of efficiency and process optimisation. The defined areas of Strategy and Business Development, Training, Quality and Safety, and Processes and Regulations cover the four main themes, which are of equal relevance to transport companies and transport infrastructure as they are to regulatory, political organisations around the world.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is using InnoTrans 2012 to display a model of its end car for the ICx for the first time. The ICx will form the backbone of future DB long distance services, the exhibitor points out. The technical basis is provided by an innovative platform concept, but consisting of tried and tested components that are already being successfully deployed in various combinations of equipment in other series of trains. Despite the technical uniformity of its rolling stock the ICx offers a great deal of flexibility, with up to 24 different train configurations. This is achieved with powercars, combining all the drive unit components in one car. The improved aerodynamics of the new end car results in substantially reduced driving resistance. Lighter construction methods have enabled weight reductions of some 20 tonnes for a 200 metre long train. Compared with trains currently in service the energy consumption per passenger has been reduced by up to 30 per cent.
In a joint pilot project Deutsche Bahn and MTU Friedrichshafen have been developing and trialling a hybrid propulsion unit for use with rail passenger services. For this purpose a Series 642 diesel-mechanical railcar has been converted into a hybrid vehicle. The new propulsion system, in the form of a hybrid powerpack, uses a generator to convert the kinetic energy produced by braking into electrical energy. This electrical energy is temporarily stored in batteries and is available for use during the journey if required. It is planned to obtain approval for use on passenger services by the end of the year. The parallel hybrid set-up enables the vehicle to be powered either by the diesel or the electric motor, or as a diesel-electric combination. Financial support for the project has been provided by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Construction and Urban Development under the Model Regions Electromobility project under the coordination of NOW GmbH National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology.
On display by DB Systel for the first time at InnoTrans 2012, this comprehensive solution provides for the highly realistic and three-dimensional visualisation of geodata and infrastructure. It imports real data from other applications, which it converts and compresses. Visualisation can be used on a computer to show movement through stations and along the tracks as well as through large construction sites. In this way operational processes in maintenance, working processes during the transhipment of freight and the flow of travellers through a station can be simulated. Even highly complex infrastructural projects can be shown in their entirety and rendered visible to those involved in the project, decision-makers or local residents. Planning errors can be immediately identified, while communication and coordination are simplified. This flexible and comprehensive solution encompasses advice about the procurement and refinement of data, interfaces to the data sources and the provision of the relevant software.
With the DEUTA Multifunctional Terminal MFT 111 an AMD Fusion processor has made its way into cab consoles for the first time, says this exhibitor. With its high performance and high-end technology the MFT 111 is the ideal hardware basis for complex video and graphics applications. The outstanding features of the new DEUTA Multifunctional Terminal are a minimum number of components and connectors, all on one circuit board, and low performance losses. The manufacturer has made it possible for individual configurations to be put to rapid and reliable use and for the excellent MTBF field data values to actually be exceeded. The compact housing of the Multifunctional Terminal also fits into confined spaces. When equipped with the optional IconTrust® the MFT 111 becomes an SIL Terminal MFT S111 which offers a maximum degree of safety.
Scientists and engineers are working together in the twelve institutes that make up the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) to help make the railways more competitive. Their efforts are focused on developing concepts for the next generation of trains and to improve the rail transport management system. In its display at InnoTrans 2012 the DLR will be demonstrating new ways of constructing double-deck rail vehicles, using a one-to-one mock-up of a centre section coach. The team on the stand will be providing information about a unique installation designed to investigate the aerodynamics of high speed trains in tunnels as a way of avoiding compression shock and to protect passengers against excessive differences in pressure. With its Railonomics© tool the DLR will be demonstrating improved ways of making the right economic and operational investment decisions for infrastructure. Another aspect concerns the potential of RailSiTe©, the only accredited German testing laboratory for providing official proof of ETCS compliance.
The opening and closing systems from Devismes have been developed for passengers with impaired vision and reduced mobility. Toilet doors open at just a light press of a button and can be locked from inside. A clear visual indicator also shows the visually impaired when a toilet is occupied. The tactile closure system has been developed in partnership with the French rail company SNCF and the ESIEE engineering college in Amiens. Two versions of the closure systems have been produced under this programme: a mechanical system for swing doors and an electronic system for motorised sliding doors. This technology carries the Kompetenzzentrum I-Trans label. Devismes has obtained AQF2, ISO 9001 and EN 15085 certification. The closure system, which has been developed in France, complies with all European standards for access systems. It can be seen by professionals from all over the world for the first time at InnoTrans 2012 in Hall 3.2.
The Dolphin Group from the United Arab Emirates is presenting its latest developments at InnoTrans 2012. The new CuproBraze heat exchangers are extremely rugged and long-lasting, and the materials used in their manufacture are very fatigue-resistant. Moreover these heat exchangers are resistant to indoor and outdoor corrosion, a factor that contributes to their long working life, especially in humid, polluted or coastal areas. If defects occur the heat exchangers can be repaired on-site by soft soldering. As a consequence downtimes are kept to a minimum, which is vitally important in the rail transport sector. The manufacturing process for CuproBraze uses special heat-resistant copper and brass alloys which are both strong and conductive, and is an extremely eco-friendly method of producing highly efficient radiators, intercoolers and oil coolers as well as entire cooling systems. At the heart of the CuproBraze product range is the Sellacan soldering oven, where the cores for the heat exchangers are soldered in a nitrogen-rich atmosphere.
DR.SCHNELL Chemie has developed NOVO PEN-OFF, a ready-to-use product for cleaning the internal surfaces of trains and buses. It removes many kinds of dirt and stains from solvent-resistant surfaces, and can be used on plastic, metal, glass, carpets and upholstery. It deals equally effectively with felt pen and ball pen marks as well as the residues from endorsing ink, labels, and coffee or wine stains. NOVO PEN-OFF can also be used to clean headrests and to remove water-soluble stains left by drinks, creams and make-up. This product is available in a 500 millilitre spray bottle and does not leave any streaks or residues, and the surface does not require wiping afterwards. This surface cleaner does not contain any ingredients requiring labeling, is non-absorbent and has a pleasant citrus scent. NOVO PEN-OFF wipes are intended for quick cleaning by people on the move. The manufacturers point out that the NOVO PEN-OFF is eco-friendly, not hazardous to health and does not affect the materials to which it is applied.
The high performance train control system ioniaTM from duagon offers a compact, easy and comprehensive solution for MVB, WTB, ETH and CAN. All communication and control elements can be easily integrated in the robust, stainless steel housing, which has a height of just 100 millimetres, a depth of 120 millimetres and a variable length, for example 224 millimetres by 144 IO. The input and output device is simple to configure to meet customers’ requirements and is provided with up to 23 modules covering the entire duagon portfolio, including WTB and Switch. Fully customised ioniaTM solutions are also available. The TCMS core comprises a high performance CPU unit which can also process highly complex applications in real time. Programming, with a simple graphic and text editor, is user-friendly, and ioniaTM reduced downtimes and maintenance times as well as cutting overall operating costs. The system provides numerous debugging, diagnostic and monitoring options via ethernet and USB – and also from any location via WLAN and tablets.
EAO has made its new series 57 door opener buttons easier to operate by increasing the diameter of the contact area to 74 millimetres, making them much more accessible to people with restricted mobility. The touchpads comprise illuminated rings and a symbol and can be operated just as well when wearing gloves, with walking aids or even by an elbow. A bright green illuminated ring indicates that the door is operational and also helps passengers with restricted visibility to find the touchpad. A second, inner, red illuminated ring responds, together with the prominent tactile acknowledgment, when the button is pressed. A built-in device also produces a sound for the benefit of blind passengers. Symbols such as “door open” or “baby carriage” are also designed to be touched in accordance with TSI PRM and can also be illuminated to make them more easily identifiable. The assembly ring is designed to facilitate the work of railway and door manufacturers.
The energy-efficient RadiCal 100 volt DC ventilators are designed for railway engineering applications and are being presented at InnoTrans 2012 by ebm-papst. The newly developed plastic impeller is manufactured as a single unit and uses a flow passage that replicates those found in the natural world. It is very efficient and mechanically robust. The new ventilators are based on the RadiCal in GreenTech EC technology and offer a number of advantages: a high degree of efficiency, quiet running, infinitely variable rotation speed and exceptional compactness. The improved heat management system for the motor ensures improved efficiency and a high level of IP protection too. In addition to their efficiency and acoustic properties another advantage of these ventilators is that they can be easily and quickly installed. This makes them the ideal solution for customers’ systems. RadiCal impellers are available in diameters ranging from 190 to 355 millimetres.
Sidings and shunting track are in short supply on the railways and consequently the operators of infrastructure and transport companies endeavour to make best possible use of the track that is available. This exhibitor, from Berlin, points out that this is now only possible with the use of expensive scheduling software, which in many cases only establishes and shows whether a track is occupied or not. Munder’s track observation system provides an economic solution to this problem, enabling the track to be precisely monitored and to make more efficient use of the available track. The system consists of three components: wheel sensors, transmission unit and central evaluation software. The wheel sensors register the axles as they pass a defined point. The transmission unit evaluates the direction and speed, while the software determines the type of vehicle, number of vehicles and how long they are at any one place. Companies can access this data via the internet.
The Slovenian exhibitor ELPA is presenting a new development for the first time at InnoTrans 2012, consisting of its patented noise insulation system BREMEX-ANNSYS for rail brakes in freightyards with sidings. In such areas braking produces high frequency noise, in some cases exceeding 130 decibels. This new development by ELPA, which incorporates WONROSTM technology, significantly reduces these unpleasant screeching noises. The exhibitor points out that this has previously been a worldwide problem for which no solution could be found. The synergy between ELPA and Deutsche Bahn in the course of a pilot project to reduce noise levels at the Nuremberg freightyard has produced some significant results, with the noise being almost entirely eliminated at source. According to a report by the board of DB Netz the results were very successful and far exceeded expectations. The benefits are also being felt by residents living around the Nuremberg shunting yards.
In recent years the etalux® lighting system has proved its effectiveness when T5 fluorescent tubes are retrofitted. With its latest innovation e-Ressource is providing this efficient form of energy saving not only for single and double tubes but also for emergency lighting or for 60 x 60 cm grid lights. The existing T8 lamps are being replaced by more efficient T5 lamps, fitted with a high quality electronic ballast. These ballasts can be installed in existing lamp holders or grids. The manufacturer claims that the etalux® flex system provides an instant reduction of around 50 per cent in electricity consumption. The system offers maximum flexibility, and a variety of fluorescent tubes can be used, in 14 watt standard lights or with 13 watt eco-lamps. Sustainability, especially with regard to maintenance, is promoted by the use of AuraLight longlife lamps, which have an average life of 68,000 hours. The highest energy efficiency category, A1A, is guaranteed by etalux®, which is available in a version with a dimmable ballast, and a choice of lengths, either 150 or 120 centimetres.
Composite cables from ERICO are ideal for railway applications where copper theft may occur. The CC5A30INS and CC5A30 both have 157 strands and are suitable for use in substation risers to connect the grounding grid to substation equipment and structures. The insulated CC5A30INS can be used on power and grounding connections to rail tracks The seven-stranded CC5A04 and nineteen-stranded CC5A05 are electrical equivalents to 16 mm² cable and are ideal for transmission tower, distribution pole and street-, bridge- or platform-light grounding. The CC5A04 and CC5A05 have the same outside cable diameter and are compatible with connectors and cable lugs designed for use with 42 mm2 copper cable. The CC5A30 and the cable core of the CC5A30INS have the same outside diameter as 250 kcmil (equivalent to 120 mm2) copper cable and are compatible with connectors and cable lugs designed for use with 250 kcmil/120 mm2 copper cable.
As one of the largest manufacturers of seats for platforms and waiting rooms Erlau AG has signed contracts to supply its products to the national railway systems in Germany and Austria. Passengers awaiting their trains can now use the restyled wire grid benches. The seats for Deutsche Bahn make use of a design entitled remissio, which has four millimetre diameter wire on the inside. This enhances stability and provides more comfort too. DB seating from Erlau is offered in three- or six-seater versions. The new remissio design is also available in wood. The free-standing benches can be supplied in mobile form for prefabricated platforms or can be fixed in concrete. Grid size 22 offers protection against the wind or as a shelter against rain. The special polyamide-rilsan coating makes Erlau benches extremely weather-resistant. They also require no maintenance.
Euro-Shelter has developed new applications in the rail vehicle sector for its honeycomb bond panels. This technology, which was originally developed for use in aircraft, also has many applications in the military field. The aluminium honeycomb panels can be manufactured in very large dimensions and can be directly soldered onto aluminium profiles. They are simple to construct and offer excellent stability and resistance, combined with very low weight. Moreover this technology enables new shapes to be created and facilitates the use of smoother fabrics. The aluminium panels can be used for the structure as well as for the side walls, roof, floor or interior equipment as well as for ventilation and air conditioning ducts. Euro-Shelter commissioned MBD Design to produce a full scale model utilising all the possible applications for these panels in rail vehicles. The model produced by these two companies can be seen on the Euro-Shelter stand at InnoTrans.
topAdstrap is the latest series of hanging straps from the plastics expert faigle, offering not only excellent safety but also providing an eye-catching advertising panel on public transport. The ideal size of the A6 format advertising panel offers plenty of room for creative design. Furthermore, the modular system allows for handing straps with or without an advertising window. For flexibility of visibility, the advertising window can be turned through 45° or 90°. All system components are fire-proofed and comply with current rail transport standards. The strap consists of the advanced faigle plastic PAS-PU 98 A H FR with antimicrobial properties. This special material protects against a wide range of bacteria, fungi and viruses, and prevents microbes almost entirely from being able to attach themselves to the hanging straps. Like the very popular "IGOSTRAP" and "gripAd" hanging straps from faigle, the "topAdstrap" is supplied as a complete prefabricated kit.
With its FAIST Rail System the plant constructor, based in Krumbach, has developed a highly effective and visually pleasing system of soundproofing for sections of rail track in compliance with RIL 804.5501. This system has been approved under TM 2011-278I.NVT4 by DB Netz AG for high speed sections of v = 300 km/h. It is based on a structure which differs significantly from other available soundproofing walls. Among the outstanding advantages of the new system are that the elements are made of aluminium and are self-supporting, i.e. do not require any additional framework. This design saves on resources, because the elements can be produced in lengths of between 2 and 5 m. Consequently larger distances between the uprights are possible, thus facilitating assembly of the system. The FAIST Rail System provides excellent sound insulation, achieving a sound absorbency value of 31 dB as defined by DIN EN ISO 717 and an absorption degree of 14 dB.
The first ready-to-use FLACO tank containers for refuelling diesel locomotives with AdBlue have been in operation since mid-2012. These TCI tank containers for Aus32 are available with a capacity of between 2,000 and 10,000 litres. The manufacturer can supply the TCIs to meet customers’ technical specifications. A selection of price calculators with numerous protocols are available for connection to different point of sale systems. The fuel pump can be fitted to the left or right or on the front. To facilitate installation at the filling station a supporting frame has been developed for all TCI models, making it possible to compensate for small uneven surfaces as well as large differences in height. During assembly the TCI containers are connected to the available power supply and a data connection is established with the unattended fuel pump or point of sale system. The slim design of the TCI containers means that they can often be installed directly on the platform.
The new wood-look Artoleum Striato flooring has been designed to meet all the requirements imposed by railways. It is being used currently in a refurbishment project in the Netherlands for the country’s main passenger railway operator. The company has worked closely with this client to develop a flame retardant version of Artoleum Striato suitable for use in railway carriages. Sustainability, product durability and ease of cleaning were key criteria for this flooring. Another outstanding floor covering for use on trains is the textile product Flotex FR. It looks and feels like a carpet but its fibres point upwards to facilitate cleaning. Flotex FR has a soft, velour-like surface which is pleasant to walk on but very hard-wearing. The high definition digital printing gives an impression of exceptional depth and this, combined with its structure, creates an almost three-dimensional effect, offering a wide range of design possibilities
A new test bench for examining wheelset shafts is being demonstrated for the first time by Fraunhofer-LBF at InnoTrans 2012. This enables rotating components such as a wheelset shaft on a passenger carriage or freight car to be tested under radially active loads. The special bearing and drive system on the test bed enables a shaft to be tested at very high rates, to a maximum rotation frequency of almost 60 hertz. This corresponds to the speed of a high speed train. The demonstration model used at the fair has been derived from the original CAD data and dimensionally scaled. Researchers working at LBF have also developed a new method for the long term monitoring of the condition of freight cars using intelligent sensors with their own energy source. These enable damage to be identified at an early stage, thereby helping to prevent accidents. The system can be flexibly configured and installed at a later stage. The energy-harvesting system utilises energy obtained from the motion of the vehicle to supply the sensor nodes.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flows and Logistics IML is presenting its safety concepts for rail logistics chains for the first time at InnoTrans 2012. The experts are demonstrating how transport logistics can be protected against criminals and terrorists without increased expenditure on supervision and monitoring. The display by Fraunhofer-IML at the fair also includes innovations in rail freight transport and multimodal transport chains, and in particular various logistical concepts for transport in ports and surrounding areas where, for example, innovative combinations and cooperative concepts can be applied to enable railways to provide effective and innovative services even with small quantities of freight or over short distances. Researchers are also presenting concepts by IML for robust transport chains as a means of improving the reliability of rail transport and the flexibility of transport planning. The stand in Hall 4.1 also offers interactive opportunities for obtaining information about projects and how railways can help to introduce improvements to logistical systems.
When safety-critical software is being checked traditional testing methods soon reveal their limitations. Fraunhofer FOKUS and the French Carnot Institute CEA LIST have therefore set up a project to evaluate and improve the methods and software tools that provide mathematical proof of the fault-free operation of software components for embedded systems. The Frama-C tool platform, developed by CEA LIST, is being deployed for this purpose, enabling largely automated proofs to be obtained of the software properties to be verified. This saves time and money in the quality assurance process. Typical applications by Fraunhofer FOKUS include investigations of the software used in railway engineering control equipment, such as the cut-off device fitted to every train, bringing it to a halt in an emergency if there is no response from the driver. The methods and tools on display are used to demonstrate the correct functioning of such safety systems.
Rail accidents have a particularly severe impact at critical points such as tunnels or where railways enter densely populated areas. It is at such points that a profile scanner developed by Fraunhofer-IPM can now measure the geometry of passing trains. The Sector Profile Scanner SPS identifies possible incursions into the clearance outline, for example as a result of shifting loads, open loading hatches or detached couplings. The four scanners attached to masts on the measuring portal register the shape of the train along with the end surfaces of the wagons and gaps between them. The SPS records a profile every 3.5 centimetres on trains travelling at 100 km/h. In approximately one millisecond the scanner registers 900 measuring points and then provides an adequate resolution at full speed. The measurement data is used to generate a 3D model of the train, which is then compared with nominal profiles stored in the system in order to create the required train geometry. In addition to SPS numerous improvements and additional functions for its various rail measurement systems are also being displayed by Fraunhofer-IPM.
The advantages of testing train wheels by means of inductively induced thermography are being demonstrated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Non-Destructive Testing Methods IZFP at InnoTrans 2012.This method involves rotating a wheel and using a system of coils to induce eddy currents, which spread out in areas close to the surface. Any faults such as cracks will interfere with the spread of these eddy currents, causing characteristic temperature fields in the surrounding area. These can be recorded using a thermal imaging camera. In contrast to the magnetic powder test which is currently used for testing surfaces, it permits automated recording and objective evaluation of the image data. Thermography also reveals hidden faults. Unlike magnetic powder testing the readings obtained provide information about the geometry of the faults, and especially about the depth of any surface cracks. The process is also eco-friendly because it does not rely on the use of any chemical substances in order to indicate faults.
The universal Type WH electromechanical points operating system is extremely flexible, offering a wide range of configurations to meet specific customer requirements. Various setting ranges and forces can be achieved, for example a travel of between 70 and 220 millimetres, setting times of between two and six seconds, and a force of between 3,000 and 6,000 newtons. The points operating system is available in a trailable and a non-trailable version. The reduced height of just 141 millimetres enables this unit to be deployed with inward or outward operation. A manual setting can be made without the need for special tools. It can also be connected to existing control systems. If required a water- or dustproof version can be supplied. The Type WH points operating system has been developed jointly by Friedrich Hippe GmbH and Wolber Antriebstechnik GmbH.
There is always a risk with the video surveillance of rail track, highway intersections or airports that the video image might not be showing the current situation in the correct danger zone The Funkwerk Security Communications Division has found a new kind of solution to this problem with its VSID® – Video Source ID coding system. With VSID® users can be certain at any time that they are receiving unadulterated, real time images and not something that might have been infiltrated, or a still image with interference. The coding system also provides effective protection against any attempt to sabotage the video stream, a particularly important consideration in open IP networks. VSID®, with its unambiguous coding of the stream, prevents interference affecting the original video signal, even if it is provided with an identical video-IP address, or the intrusion of a manipulated video signal into a network. VSID® also covers interruptions to the video stream or extended latent periods within the network.
For training dispatchers in electronic signal boxes Funkwerk IT, DB Training and ST&C have together developed a prototype for interactive learning and training exercises. The aim is to make signal box training more effective and cheaper. To achieve this the Funkwerk Operational and Signal Box Simulator BEST has been combined with the Learning Management System (LMS) deployed by DB Training. This new interactive learning platform enables theoretical information to be applied directly in the form of simulated training scenarios. Trainees can proceed at their own speed in assimilating theoretical content and the use of signal box equipment. Until now, depending on the complexity of the signal box system on which they were being trained, dispatchers frequently had to first go back to basic principles before being able to make full use of the simulator. This new training medium ensures significantly improved training in signal boxes.
New and efficient 46-inch displays using TFT technology for providing outdoor passenger information are being exhibited by Funkwerk ITK at InnoTrans 2012. With a luminosity of up to 1,500 cd/m² (televisions: 700 cd/m²) they are also easy to read in direct sunlight and at a distance. They are protected in accordance with IP54, while the ability to cope with a wide temperature range from -20 to +35 desgrees Celsius and their robust, non-reflective safety glass with UV and IR coating make them ideal for both covered and exposed stations. To provide in-train passenger information Funkwerk has developed a new PA and communication system (ELA) operating at the SIL2 security level. It conforms to the new European directives that are intended to maintain secure communication with passengers even in the event of a fire. The new Funkwerk ELA supplements the exhibitor’s modern, basic system by the addition of a secure monitoring unit. As a result, and despite the additional security that it provides, all the usual easy-to-use features, such as availability of the PA system in selected sections of the train while it is moving, have been retained.
The British company GAI-Tronics is using InnoTrans 2012 for the world debut of its Titan GSM-R telephone. It has been designed for outdoor use and is ideal both for permanent or temporary installations. The GSM-R terminal and the battery are located inside the unit. The main technical features of the Titan include a robust high-gain antenna and inductive coupler as standard, a tamper-proof ten watt solar panel, and a handset with an armoured steel cord. This telephone has been designed to operate in a temperature range of minus 20 to plus 60 degrees Celsius. With IP65 protection the new Titan GSM-R is fully weatherproof. It has a standby time of up to 120 hours and, even in the absence of daylight, can be operated for up to five hours. It can be remotely configured and monitored by SMS. An acoustic testing system is available for automatically checking the handset. It uses standard SIM cards, either GSM-R or GSM.
GANTREX® has launched a new generation of weldable crane rail clamps and elastic rail pads. The new products feature some outstanding design elements to meet the requirements imposed on today’s rails and conveyor systems. One of the main characteristics of the RailLok™ range of welded clamps is its new “Double Wedge” design. This ensures simple and secure assembly and an effective contact between the rail clamp and the rail foot. The innovative shape of the new rail clamps means they can be rapidly installed by avoiding two major stages in the process. Firstly the upper part of the clamp no longer has to be hammered into place, and secondly there is no longer any need to use a torque wrench. RailLok™ clamps are also very compact, with the result that rails can also be installed on narrow crane track supports or base plates, which also reduces costs.
The display by GEO DIGITAL GmbH at InnoTrans 2012 includes some new features of its GEOPAC CAD system for EliteCAD V12. Among them are a completely new track layout module, GEOPAC-GRADIENTE. During the planning of rail systems it not only supports the planning of the height of an axis but also displays the height and position of gradients of parallel or intersecting axes. In addition the interface module GEOPAC-DXF has been improved to provide a loss-free exchange of data and an innovative LandXML interface has been created for a realistic exchange of the full range of track layout data between GEOPAC and other software and measuring equipment. The new plug-in module allows the highly automated generation of digital plug-in data and indexes of fixed points along the track. In addition the envelope method now also supports 100 per cent low floor, multi-articulated vehicles with suspended low-floor centre sections.
The Austrian company Getzner Werkstoffe has developed two new systems which can be seen at InnoTrans 2012: Embedded Rail und the XT mass-spring system. Getzner Embedded Rail is an anti-vibration system for local transport as well as an ideal solution for insulating stray current. The improved anti-vibration system with tried and tested Sylodyn® components provides equal protection for tracks and roads, thereby reducing maintenance costs. Installing this system provides greater passenger comfort, and the reduction in vibration and noise is also welcomed by those adjacent to the track. Standing water adversely impacts on the effectiveness of a mass-spring system. With its XT mass-spring system Getzner has now developed a solution that also functions reliably over a long period of time, even in water, or where drainage is ineffective or even completely absent, as well as when exposed to severe climatic conditions. This long term system reduces life cycle costs and offers highly effective protection against noise and vibration for trackside residents and buildings.
At InnoTrans 2012 Greenbrier Europe/Wagony Swidnica S.A. is presenting the Zacns type tank wagon with a capacity of 72 cubic metres and a length of 17.4 m, which has been designed specifically for the transport of anhydrous hydrogen fluoride. This is a very caustic and toxic fluid and its transport is subject to strict requirements analogous to the specifications of RID2011 with regard to the transport of gases in liquid form. The wagon is fitted with special DN40 PN25 Phoenix valves, complying with the requirements of EU Directive 2010/35, a high resistance cap with a special interlocking device, tank heads with a minimum thickness of 12 mm throughout the complete period of operation, and IP400AX, AXTONE buffers complying with the requirements of RID 2011 TE22. The tank wagon also undergoes stress relief heat treatment following assembly in order to remove welding stresses. The design meets the requirements of the TSI Wagon and EN Series 12561 standards
The software and consulting specialists from HaCon are presenting numerous new projects, features and functions in connection with the HAFAS timetable information system and the train planning system TPS at InnoTrans 2012. Among the facilities now available with HaCon is the option of restricting the search to destinations with a specified maximum travelling time from the starting point. Deutsche Bahn is the first German customer to incorporate this search function in the HAFAS-based timetable information service. Another feature found nowhere else in Germany, according to the exhibitor, is the live timetable for the Munich light railway system. This innovative real-time service displays the current position of all vehicles and is intended to set new standards in passenger information and mobile travel planning. HaCon has now created the largest integrated RBL system in Europe, HAFAS Smart ITCS. DB bus companies are currently equipping their fleets with this open system, which is not restricted to any specific platform, and the process will be completed by 2014. It is installed on the on-board computers or on an Android smart phone to provide reliable connections between buses and trains.
Haugg Group has developed special panels for cooling batteries, power converters and other electronic components such as power electronics. In the hybrid and electric vehicle sector in particular it is important to ensure the effective cooling of batteries because their performance is directly related to their operating temperature. If the temperature is too high or too low this will have a negative impact. The battery coolers ensure that the batteries remain in the best possible temperature range. Thermal compensation is achieved through the use of efficient cooling panels, cooling them according to external conditions but also ensuring that they are maintained at the right temperature. In this way the ideal operating temperature range can be maintained. Two models are currently available: soldered and welded panels, which can be flexibly adjusted to the chassis. All models provide a homogenous temperature distribution with only a minimal loss of pressure in the coolant.
As a leading supplier of Wiper & Wash systems to the global rail market English exhibitor Hepworth Rail Internation is making use of InnoTrans 2012 for the official introduction of its latest innovation. The fully rail compliant and functional Rain Sensor meets most customers’ requirements for the increased number of new driverless trains and provides clear view facilities for passengers. This development also provides significant benefits and improved operational safety for drivers of all new and retrofitted vehicles. This new development has been fully tested and approved and is currently on trial in Korea. It has also been proposed for further projects both in Europe and Australasia. The new railway sensor is part of the exhibitor’s continued drive towards development and innovation that meets its customers’ requirements and points the way forward.
The four products being presented by the Japanese company Hitachi Zosen at the InnoTrans 2012 are on show for the first time in Europe. They include the railway security system, which can be used to record sound and images and offers enhanced security for trains. A choice of two high-performance on-board cameras is available. The data obtained with them can be used, for example, for the preventive maintenance of overhead power lines. The ability to provide very precise images is one of the many advantages of the system. As a result accidents can be analyzed in detail, for example where lines intersect, on crossings, platforms and along tracks. The architecture of the extremely precise DGPS receiver from Hitachi Zosen sets it apart from the usual DGPS devices, according to the manufacturer. The highly effective tracking system provides very precise navigation. This exhibitor is also displaying a high precision dual frequency RTK GPS receiver and a system for the mass transmission of IP data.
The almex.smarttouch from Höft & Wessel is a high performance, contactless ticket reader. With its reserve capacity this very robust, stationary terminal for smartcards can be deployed both on- and off-line. The validator supports all standard e-ticketing processes such as check-in/check-out and various control functions. The ticket reader can automatically recognize all the main types of media and uses EMV contactless to support payment by credit card. Protected by a robust metal casing, the almex.smarttouch can be relied upon to function reliably even in challenging outdoor conditions. It can be installed on a column, mast or wall. For areas with a high volume of through traffic the column is also available to support two units, thereby significantly reducing the installation costs for each terminal. The quick connection system enables the portable head unit to be rapidly replaced without requiring any tools. With the use of standard infrastructural interfaces the almex.smarttouch can be adapted to any fare and any background system.
Hypertac introduces a new range of M12 style connectors. Suitable for a wide range of cable diameters up to 10mm, the new Hypertac M12 connectors allow for a complete 360 degrees of cable screen termination minimising the possibility of electrical interference in sensitive applications such as GPS and video signal transmission. Furthermore, a unique backshell design allows installers complete flexibility to change from a straight cable exit to right angled after cable termination and installation. Both A and D-coded, free assembled and over moulded versions are IP67 sealed when mated and are available with a maximum operating voltage of up to 90V, in accordance with NF F 61-030. The socket contacts utilise the high reliability Hyperboloid socket technology, able to be crimped to cables with cross sections from 0.03 to 1.0mm2 (AWG32 to AWG18). This design offers substantial improvements over alternative technology capabilities in terms of insertion force, mating cycles and fretting corrosion resistance in addition to the key requirements of high current capability and low contact resistance.
METROCARGO enables containers, including exchangeable containers, to be trans-shipped horizontally underneath overhead power lines. The METROCARGO unit is set up parallel with the track and enables loading and unloading to be undertaken in a single process along the entire length of a train and without requiring the train to be split. The fully automated loading process takes about three minutes for each unit. This means that an entire freight train can be unloaded and reloaded in less than 40 minutes. METROCARGO requires no modification of the units being loaded or of the means of transport being used, and is fully compatible with other systems. A single terminal equipped with METROCARGO technology means that a stop-over can be set up, allowing the cost-effective and time-saving trans-shipment even of individual transport units, thus becoming a hub in a network with numerous branches. The exhibitor’s declared aim is to transfer a significant amount of freight from roads onto rails using METROCARGO.
IB&T GmbH is presenting its new software for use in the planning of track installations at InnoTrans 2012: indicator markings for trains and track in accordance with the DBAG Directive 800.0110. Indicator lines are required for local transport track layout. Ideally camber and inclines are measured according to the actual speed travelled. The speed-distance diagram ensures that cambers are not too excessive and inclines are not too long ahead of and following stopping points. If this is not the case structural problems can arise which have to be dealt with more frequently than at other sections of the track. A track layout prepared in accordance with speed indicator markings therefore saves money. The software is particularly effective in connection with the CARD/1 module dynamic test. Once radii, cambers and inclines have been defined with the aid of the indicator lines, the module examines whether all the limiting values have been adhered to. This enables planners to arrive at a successful result more quickly and more reliably.
Further refinements to linear and telescopic-linear roller bearings are being displayed by IBC Wälzlager GmbH at InnoTrans 2012. They provide users with technically optimised solutions, for example for door systems, battery boxes and access steps. The new systems are mounted on carriages and can extend over longer distances of several metres. Equipped with wipers and longitudinally arranged sealing lips, these carriages ensure reliable and continuous operation even in heavily contaminated areas. Further improvements have been made to the running qualities and speed. The various types of mounting rails in the form of fixed/floating bearings have the advantage of compensating for angular misalignment and permit axial relocatability within certain limits. The refinements that have been made to the telescopic linear roller bearings are evident in such characteristics as flexural rigidity, smooth running and robustness. Heavy loads of several hundred kilograms can be raised by up to two metres without any significant bending of the telescopic guides.
Following further development work Moniflex insulation is now even more environmental friendly. The raw material used is a renewable, natural cellulose product. All the waste materials generated during the production of the foil and of Moniflex insulation can be recycled. Surplus material can be composted or incinerated without producing any harmful side effects. All the substances used in the Moniflex formulation are registered with or approved by REACH. At only 13 kg/m3 volume weight, Moniflex is the lightest insulation material that is currently available, but it also offers excellent thermal and acoustic properties. No degeneration or loss of insulation capacity has been observed during the refurbishment of 25-30 year old coaches. Despite the stresses imposed by a coach in motion, the rigidity of Moniflex and its method of installation ensure that it does not become compacted, a feature of fibrous materials which impacts adversely on the insulation on areas of the vehicle sides.
With the latest products from its IVU.suite the Berlin software firm IVU Traffic Technologies AG is providing integrated solutions for transport companies. They extend from planning and supply to operational management, ticketing and passenger information, as well as transport contract accounting. All the products are based on current VDV standards and can be integrated with a wide range of different system environments. The use of cloud computing and the development of cross-border concepts are two of the major current trends. The integration of such modern technologies as cloud computing will in future enable the British transport authority Transport for London to make real time data available to external users, who will then be able to develop completely independent services such as smartphone applications for passenger information purposes.
The Korean company J&D Electronics specialises in products for regulating and measuring electrical components in the rail sector, and for obtaining readings of rail track current. For these applications this exhibitor supplies split-core transformers for monitoring and energy management system, Rogowski coils and very precise current and voltage transformers. The exhibits at InnoTrans 2012 include new current transformers. The iSAST OPEN RCT JRF series is notable for its very precise coil winding technology and offers precision and quality in the low and high voltage ranges. This produces improvements in particular with regard to conductor positioning and the influence of external magnetic fields on energy meters and other metering systems. The iSAST OPEN CT Low VA CT series is designed to be very robust. This series of products reduces faults in the low voltage range as well as the faults that occur as a result of external vibration and shaking.
Among the outstanding characteristics of the new, energy-efficient CRU DUPLEX HARP and TBU 1520 HARP wheelset bearings are the mathematical modelling and the optimised design to meet specific operating conditions on 1,520 mm gauge track. As a result the life of the axle housing is extended and the influence on wheel wear and chassis stability is improved. The KLÜBERPLEX HARP lubricating grease, developed in collaboration with Klüber, offers a special combination of hard-wearing properties and low temperature resistance as well as good hydrodynamic characteristics. The products have been developed in collaboration with VNIIZHT, Russia. Also making its debut at InnoTrans 2012 is an unusual, 100-per cent ecological and highly efficient, switchable, circulating air conditioning system from the UPEC Group for installation in passenger carriages. In winter one and the same unit can provide heating of up to 60 degrees Celsius, air conditioning in the summer, and ventilation during the intervening periods.
An improved wheelset temperature sensor using halogen-free materials and certificated in compliance with such railway standards as IEC/EN 61 373, Cat. 3 is one of the innovations being displayed by JUMO at InnoTrans 2012. An application for a European patent has also been made for the corrugated tube that provides a more effective seal on the sensor head. Another of the highlights of the display is the AMTHFs series of thermostats, backed up by many years of use, with up to four switch contacts, and available with or without a housing. The thermostats have many different applications, for example, for monitoring and regulating extinguishing water tanks and the cooling of power transformers. The JUMO MIDAS S19 R pressure transducer has also been developed specially for use in rail vehicles and has been tested to comply with railway standards. It is suitable for a variety of applications such as monitoring the pressure in compressors and in braking systems.
KACO new energy has expanded its range of charging rectifiers with the addition of a high voltage version, the LGP3001N2-HV. This new model charges battery systems efficiently and communicates with the battery management system (BMS) or the computer installed on board a train. At the present time the LGP3001N2-HV is being trialled with a new kind of hybrid train propulsion system. MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH, a subsidiary of Tognum, and DB RegioNetz Verkehrs GmbH, a Deutsche Bahn subsidiary, are conducting a research project using a railcar fitted with the prototype of a hybrid power pack that has been developed by MTU. The main purpose of this project is to investigate the re-use of braking energy for acceleration and for operating solely on electrical power. The LGP3001N2-HV is the intelligent subcomponent used in feeding in power at the depot, providing stationary vehicles with the required electrical energy. The parallel hybrid system can reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 25 per cent. It ensures that railway noise levels and emissions are reduced in stations and on inner city routes.
The photovoltaic GSM-R repeater offers an alternative method of supplying power, using sunlight to provide an excellent, year-round and unrestricted, non-stop management service. This installation is not only ideal for sites where there is no electricity supply but can itself be used to generate and store electricity, which can then be used in other climatically suitable areas. The main advantage is that equipment can be operated independently of power suppliers, with associated savings in operating costs. In a technical sense the energy method of the GSM-R repeaters is deployed as a stand-alone system, by means of MPPT technology (Maximum Power Point Tracker) with one unit controlling the entire system. All the necessary operating conditions and data systems can be monitored either via a screen within the building or, just as easily, via remote control using a standard web browser. In this way all the required information can be accessed immediately.
The latest development in the freight car field is currently a single-piece plastic sliding insert which, in most cases, is pressed into the bogie pivot. Once the car body has been placed in position the upper pivot rests on the plastic, permitting the pivoting movement while the car is in motion. The coefficient of friction and the wear, and consequently the functioning and life of the bearing are dependent on the plastic material and the condition of the upper pivot. This problem does not arise with the two-part bogie pivot bearing made by KBG because, in this case, the pivoting movement takes place between the two plastic bearings. Among the advantages are a constant coefficient of friction, reduced wear and the fact that it can be used to replace existing systems. Even after two years use cars fitted with the bogie pivot bearings can be expected to continue to run correctly and without any problems, as has been confirmed by initial tests carried out by ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways).
Knorr-Bremse is exhibiting an interesting sound insulation solution for rail vehicles at InnoTrans 2012 in the form of an oil-free compressor installed in a sound capsule. A number of measures are used to effectively cool and muffle the enclosed compressor. These range from a sound trap to insulating materials and a sophisticated sound suppressor. The compressor is provided with a special suspension system which ensures that hardly any vibration is allowed to escape. All this is achieved within a very limited space. The sound capsule surrounding the compressor also has to be able to resist a number of external influencing factors. For example, on the Russian market the capsules and compressors have to withstand extreme cold, with temperatures that fall to minus 50 degrees Celsius. To prevent the interior of the sound capsule from becoming too hot Knorr-Bremse has developed a mechanically operated radial ventilator which is connected directly to the compressor. As soon as the compressor starts up it automatically begins to rotate, carrying hot air from the interior of the capsule.
EVELEC™ is a special copper wire made by La Farga Lacambra using micro-alloys. These improve wear resistance by between 30 and 50 per cent compared with the standard products used on conventional rail routes. In addition to reducing wear and tear on installations they also offer the benefits of superior mechanical performance and very good electrical conductivity. Furthermore EVELEC™ offers a much higher annealing temperature than ETP copper and, depending on the micro-alloy, superior temperature characteristics to CuAg 0.1. This produces outstanding thermal stability, reduced distortion and increased durability. In a comparison with copper-silver it is clear that EVELEC™ is ideally suited for use on high speed lines, according to the exhibitor. EVELEC™ contains 99.93 copper. Consequently the conductivity of the wire is not significantly affected and in fact its mechanical properties are substantially improved.
The latest EM4TII energy meter from LEM is based on the 0.5R ITC class which, in addition to the 4,000 ampere version, is now available for the 1,000 and 2,000 ampere range, and on the DV current converter. The manufacturer reports that this is currently the only suite of components with an on-board energy meter function for DC and AC rail networks that is fully compatible with prEN50463. LEM products can help to accurately meet the demand for new functions such as the on-board monitoring of current consumption. At InnoTrans 2012 this exhibitor is demonstrating to rail industry engineers whose work involves rail vehicles as well as sub-stations that a new, versatile energy conserving solution can cut consumption by 30 per cent. It can be deployed for measuring network voltages as well as for the main converter-DC connection on board trains. Through the integration of tried and tested, patented insulation technology from LEM this voltage converter can offer flexible mechanical properties and a high level of performance.
The software systems being exhibited at InnoTrans 2012 by the Russian company Lengiprotrans are an in-house development. This applies in particular to a solution for designing transport systems and to an integrated information system for processing geological data with an engineering relevance. These solutions are already being used by other planning firms on projects for the Russian rail industry. This exhibitor is also participating in the expansion of Russian Railways. Lengiprotrans solutions are being used, for example, as the basis for a platform for evaluating modern innovative offers, with the aim of boosting the efficiency of the Russian rail company RZD. The integrated management system also includes certification with regard to quality, ecology, health and safety at the workplace – ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007. In 2011 Lengiprotrans was awarded the international Golden Chariot prize in the transport sector and has become acknowledged as the market leader in the construction of transport infrastructure in Russia.
The display by LPA Excil Electronics at InnoTrans 2012 features its LumiMatrix concept and a section of its LED-based Lumi range for interior lighting of rail vehicles. This new concept comprises a matrix of individual low power chip LEDs attached to a rear panel. On the front of the LEDs there is a conventional glass or polycarbonate light diffuser. The matrix can be configured to match the intensity of the lighting provided by fluorescent lamps. The use of high performance LEDs that can be driven by a very low power source avoids any “patchiness” in the light that is emitted, which can be a problem when a smaller number of high performance LEDs are used. LumiMatrix uses extremely efficient LEDs from a leading manufacturer in order to achieve a high colour rendering index and to accurately control the colour temperature. LumiMatrix can be used in any form or size, as a simple printed board or full luminaire.
This year LSG Sky Chefs is taking part in InnoTrans for the first time in its 70-year history. This well-known European travel caterer believes that some excellent opportunities exist in the rail sector. On-board service concepts that are tailored to the needs of train operators, beginning before passengers board the train and extending for the whole duration of the journey right up to the destination, ensure that every stage of the journey is enjoyable. LSG Sky Chefs has many decades of experience in providing in-flight services and is represented around the world. This supplier is convinced that train operators can benefit just as much from its wide-ranging knowledge about culinary trends and equipment design and from the additional sales channels and sales possibilities offered by these services on board trains.
With their narrow, unobtrusive design the LDB series of highly inductive louvres from LTG Aktiengesellschaft are ideal for use in rail vehicles. The air flow and volume can be individually configured and adapted to the differing requirements of areas such as passenger compartments, entry areas, restaurants or drivers’ cabs. With their highly inductive combination of individual jets in the immediate vicinity of the outlet they guarantee a steady flow of air accompanied by a high degree of thermal comfort with rapid cooling. LDB louvres operate very quietly and can also be used where room height is restricted. Even if the incoming air is at a low temperature condensation is unlikely to form. The Type LDB 12/8, which has already proved its effectiveness, has highly inductive outlets made of aluminium combined with flame-proof plastic. A new product being displayed by LTG at the fair is the vandal-proof, non-inflammable LDB 12/M LTG System clean® made entirely of metal.
The modular, decentralised structure of the remote I/O system LION from Lütze Transportation enables analogue and/or digital safety and non-safety subassemblies to be operated together on one and the same bus. It eliminates the need for a separate network installation for processing signals which may be important for safety reasons. A further advantage: safety I/O process modules can be installed in LION at a later date. Due to the modular structure of LION, depending on the particular task, a wide variety of different modules such as power supplies, bus couplers and digital and analogue input and output modules can be connected and various functionalities can be combined. Consequently only those modules need to be installed that are actually required for the respective field of applications. Up to 32 I/O modules are available in an almost unlimited choice of combinations. The LION remote I/O system supports all commercially available bus systems from CAN-bus to MVB as well as the ethernet protocol – CIP, IPTCOM and PROFINET.
Silicon is a high performance material which has evolved from purely a niche product in the construction of rail vehicles and is now in regular use, to a large extent because of the contribution it makes to safety. This is because it does not cause smoke and soot when burnt, unlike different forms of rubber, (e.g. EPDM, NBR and SBR), which consist largely of carbon. The density of the flue gas produced by burning silicon is very low, and it is not toxic, indicating that it contains no halogen. The silicon made by this exhibitor also complies with the strictest industrial standards for the rail sector, such as NF F 16 101 (smoke category F0), CEN/TS 45545 (HL1), DIN 5510 (S4 SR2 ST2) and BS 6853, in some cases even when used to make foam material. The combinations produced by this Dortmund-based company have succeeded in overcoming the final disadvantage of these flame-inhibiting and safe materials: their limited resistance to mechanical stresses. The innovative FLEXCOMP® basic types made by this exhibitor now offer far more possibilities for designers to create covered and see-through components in traction units and rolling stock.
MAN Truck & Bus AG is presenting its two new and highly efficient motors for the railway industry for the first time at InnoTrans 2012: the twelve cylinder D2862 LE63x and six cylinder D2876 LUE63x. With these two motors this exhibitor is meeting current customer requirements for improved performance. With the D2862 LE63x, a completely new development, the manufacturer can offer a highly efficient twelve cylinder motor for railway use, with an output ranging from 588 to 735 kilowatts (800 to 1,000 bhp) running at 1,800 rpm. The exhibitor emphasises that the D2876 LUE63x is one of the most compact motors in its class. Compared with the preceding model this highly efficient MAN power unit also has an improved output range of 390 kilowatts (530 bhp) at 1,800 rpm, obtained from a engine displacement of 12.8 litres. On its stand in Hall 20 at InnoTrans MAN is exhibiting one example of each motor, the D2862 LE63x and the D2876 LUE63x.
A new HI-FOG® fold-out spray nozzle and an improved fold-out sprinkler are being displayed at InnoTrans 2012 by Marioff Corporation, a leading manufacturer of fine spray systems for combatting fires. This patented design provides for increased flexibility and offers a number of other advantages in actively dealing with fires on board trains. In the standby position the nozzle folds away beneath a protective panel which conceals it and provides a smooth surrounding area. This reduces the risk of vandalism and creates a more pleasant overall appearance. Customers can choose between a spray head or sprinkler, both of which are fitted with special fold-out Marioff nozzles. One of the main motivations for this development was an Italian law, the Decreto Gallerie, which stipulates that all rail vehicles coming into service after April 2011 have to be equipped with active fire-fighting systems.
The Powertron®-CPCIR series of DC/DC converters is being displayed by Martek Power for the first time at InnoTrans 2012. With a maximum output of 100 watts this series has been specially designed to comply with EN50155. This is of particular interest to those customers needing to supply power to on-board computer applications. The standard three-way output power adapters have an input of 72/110 and 24/36 VDC and provide outputs of 5.1, 3.3 and 12 volts. In accordance with the standard cPCI profile these are convection-cooled units that can be operated for ten minutes at between -40 and +70 degrees Celsius at up to +85 degrees Celsius without cutting out (EN50155 temperature category TX). Their main features are their high efficiency levels and a back-up time of ten milliseconds for the rated voltage. With a height of three U an evenly coated circuit board and EMC-screen front panel and ejector are standard features of the CPCIR series.
The new SF1 electric retractable step from MASATS is used to bridge gaps and enables people with special needs to board rail vehicles. Its horizontal movement is fully automatic and it is provided with a built-in position sensor to enable it to be easily adjusted to the necessary limit stops without external intervention. The SF1 can automatically determine the gap between the rail vehicle and the platform. It is set into the floor and is very compact, with a height of just 90 millimetres, which also enables it to be used with retractable doors. The maximum extension is 500 and the standard width is 1,300 millimetres. However, the width can be adapted to meet specific customer requirements. The safety systems include a sensitive leading edge and a non-slip surface. The system can be operated manually in an emergency and can also be reset. Power is transmitted via a ball screw, making the system very reliable and robust.
This British specialist for depot maintenance equipment, Mechan, is presenting its new Micro-Link control system for lifting jacks at this year’s InnoTrans. Based in Sheffield, this manufacturer has designed a new control system that provides an ideal solution, both technically and commercially, for the synchronised lifting of a wide range of rail vehicles. The latest advances have enabled Mechan to install the largest individual system of lifting jacks in the UK at the Alstom transport and train maintenance centre near Manchester. Custom software enables up to 44 lifting jacks to be operated simultaneously without any compromises in flexibility. Mechan has earned a reputation for such equipment. The lifting jacks can be linked together and operated from any point using a single cable. The new touch-screen panel provides continuous feedback during the maintenance process.
With a newly designed powertrain which, along with the torque converter clutch for pulling heavy loads, also includes a crawler gear for very slow operating speeds, in its configuration as a professional shunter the Unimog U 400 can now be deployed with a centrifugal snow clearance unit for use on road or rails. With a system for the rapid installation and removal of the snow-clearing unit this dual-purpose Unimog can also be converted very quickly for clearing snow from level crossings or industrial roadways. The snow clearance unit is powered by a mechanical, front-mounted power take-off which can be factory-installed. Another world first on the Mercedes-Benz stand at InnoTrans is the tramrail cleaning vehicle. With its newly developed rail guidance system even the Unimog with 3,600 millimetre wheelbase and larger body can manage much tighter curves.
The LM1.2 fuel gauge has been designed mainly for use in the tanks of road vehicles. This device enables continuous readings to be made of the levels of diesel, biodiesel or oil. This capacitive gauge can also be used in stationary tanks, storage containers and pools. On vehicles it is installed vertically in the upper part of the tank by tightening the flange for the measuring transducer in the 30 millimetre diameter tank opening. This method of attachment to the tank complies with the SAE5 industrial standard. Because it does not have any moving parts and is easy to install this device is very robust. When it is being installed its length can also be reduced. Other advantages include the very precise measuring accuracy, taking into account the dielectric properties of the medium in which it is being used, and the possibility of connecting the LM1.2 to a network for multiple tank solutions.
At the beginning of 2011 this exhibitor was awarded a contract by Siemens to supply major components for fitting out the interiors of the RZD sleeper car. Metawell® aluminium sandwich panels will be used for the approx 20 m long by 2.50 m high longitudinal partitions and the ten compartment doors. The lightweight construction of these panels enables the extremely strict weight specifications to be complied with. Other major items features of the contract were the need to adhere to Russian and European fire safety regulations and the use of modern and ecologically sustainable materials. Another notable characteristic of the Metawell® panels is their suitability for the application of powder coatings. This produces a more even surface with greater resistance to scratching and to cleaning agents. The exhibitor installs all the components prior to delivery and is consequently able to supply a ready-to-install system. This significantly reduces assembly times at the Siemens plant in Vienna.
It is particularly important in the winter to be aware of the onset of bad weather as soon as possible and to be able to take preventive measures. Exhibiting for the first time at InnoTrans, MeteoGroup provides specific weather forecasts which are particularly relevant for the operation and maintenance of rail networks. For example, in the autumn predictions about leaf fall and adhesion problems, and about the icing up of points and power lines in winter, as well as the depth of snow and drifting, help to ensure the safety of passengers and avoid delays. Railway operations and maintenance work can also be affected in summer by thunderstorms, heavy rain, squalls and excessive heat. Warnings of bad weather, forecasts of precipitation and warnings about overheating of rails help to identify any weather-related risks well in advance and enable countermeasures to be undertaken. Data from MeteoGroup can be obtained from an easily accessible online portal or incorporated as a data feed directly into one’s own IT system.
The Metsä Wood range of sound insulation products includes three new birch-plywood panels: Sonex, Sonex Light and Sonex Double. The manufacturer reports that they provide effective sound insulation for floors and partitions on buses and trains. Sonex is the name given to the plywood panels made of a sandwich composite incorporating the sound-absorbing material Isokon in order to improve the insulating properties. They are a particularly effective means of reducing engine noise on large vehicles. Sonex Light panels have the same structure as Sonex panels but also have an additional layer of cork and rubber, known as Amorim, for enhanced sound insulation. Sonex Double combines the best properties of Sonex Light and Sonex. Consequently Sonex Double provides very good sound insulation at both high and low frequencies. With its Phoenix range of products this Finnish company is introducing its new fire-inhibiting birch-plywood panels, which have a flame-retardant aluminium surface and also have good sound-insulating properties.
MISA is displaying its pre-assembled technical shelters for use on the railways for the first time at InnoTrans 2012. They contain or protect the electronic installations used to manage railway ground signalling and for implementing radio links for the exchange of data and information. These shelters are manufactured using the patented Misa Vacuum System (MVS), whereby polyurethane is vacuum-injected into the panel. This technology minimises the impact of temperature changes on the installations inside the housing. A steel structure provides the support and the design can resist the deformation caused by a train travelling at 300 k/h at a distance of three metres. The heavy duty technical specifications of MISA shelters make them ideal for all kinds of applications where high levels of insulation, the good mechanical strength of the structure, flexibility of use and installation, and low maintenance costs are required.
The Austrian company MKE-Bahntechnik has its own development department and has made further refinements to its tried and tested AH950 points actuator. The new AH950 USV model has been designed for cable-less operation in all those applications where a connecting cable cannot or must not be laid. The basic technology from the tried and tested model ensures the trouble-free, economical deployment of this new development. Among its many advantages are its modular construction, patented four-way system for securely fixing it in its final position, an automatic fault indicator, a wide range of applications and positively driven limit and monitoring switch. The new points actuator has been designed for high speed trains travelling at up to 350 kph and can be deployed in a number of different situations. It is suitable for use with local and long distance services, industrial applications, ports and shunting yards. Maintenance can be carried out by one person. Licensing has been granted by EBA and other institutions, thereby enabling it to be deployed around the world.
MöllerWerke, based in Bielefeld, develops and manufactures drive motor ventilator bellows under the band name möllerbalg®. It is presenting the latest model of bellows for the first time at InnoTrans 2012. Its advantages include a multilayer material made of silcon-Nomex fabric, an in-house development. The well-defined, permanent folds ensure the specific movement of the bellows. The external contour is fully enclosed and, unlike conventional ventilation bellows for drive motors, has no seams, a result of the use of vulcanised seals. Other advantages include the gas-tight seal and stability when subjected to excess internal pressure, due to the external rings embedded in the folds. The new bellows are also chemical- and wear-resistant, not affected by external impact, and very long-lasting.
The many years of experience gained by Moviken-SLE in the field of service management and information systems, allied to the know-how of Moviken in the area of cartography, have enabled the development of an autonomous on-board passenger information and navigation system: Navibus. This offers provides bus and train passengers with one or more super-wide high resolution TFT screens. The visual displays are supplemented by audio channels for voice announcements, with separate channels for interior and exterior announcements. In addition to the information normally transmitted to the traveller, the Navibus screens also provide passengers with an inter-active and multi-scale diagram of the line, with a display sequence showing the current position of the vehicle and a cartographic check-back to the passenger’s first search entry. These navigation applications are the exhibitor’s response to the growing demand for information on the part of passengers
This exhibitor has designed its new, high performance Modular Power Connector (MPC) for supplying power to the electrical drive train of rail vehicles. Among its uses are to create contacts with transformers, traction motors, rectifiers and batteries as well as for carrying power between carriages. With ratings of 3.600 V and up to 700 A it is also suitable for many other industrial high current and high voltage uses. The robust plug-in connector with IP66/IP67 protection when plugged in is designed for demanding applications with over 500 insertion and withdrawal cycles. A variety of different insulators is available, all of them compatible, for various contact diameters and cable cross sections of 10 to 240 mm. Up to 15 modules can be combined. Optional coding prevents voltage reversal. Because the MPC has been developed for use in extreme conditions on the railways its features include vibration- and shock-proofing in accordance with EN 61373 and corrosion-resistance (240 h salt spray test) in accordance with EN 60068-2-11.
The UOZ-1 is a device from the Polish company NEEL for protecting against wild animals which, if allowed to wander onto railway tracks, could cause accidents. It uses acoustic signals to prevent animals from crossing the track shortly before a train arrives. This new system from NEEL has been constantly monitored to ensure its reliability. Compared with other forms of protection available on the market the UOZ-1 offers a number of decisive advantages, according to the exhibitor. Among these are its environmental compatibility and the fact that it does not impact on any biotope. The manufacturer also points out that the UOZ-1 achieves its effect by activating the natural and genetically programmed defence mechanisms of animals. The device generates special, logically constructed warning tones that alert the animals acoustically to the danger.
NewRail, the railway research centre at Newcastle University, has been collaborating with Bombardier Transportation and AP&M and has recently constructed a technology demonstrator for a lightweight, crash-proof driver’s cab for rail vehicles. The main cabin structure of the finished prototype, designated the “D-CAB”, incorporates modern sandwich material technology and systems to absorb the impact in the event of a collision. The resulting design is lighter than the customary steel frame cab and comprises fewer individual parts, but still achieves the save levels of performance in the core areas of load testing and collision safety. In addition to low operating energy consumption and reduced operating costs, the low weight and integrated character of the D-CAB model also enables cost savings to be achieved during assembly and installation. A second, improved prototype will also be used for comprehensive accident testing.
Compatible with EN50155, the non-ventilated nROK 3000 computer provides a solid basis for checking the condition of the track and for monitoring rail vehicles, explains the developer, NEXCOM. It can effectively cope with interference voltages and power cuts as well as ambient influences, vibration or collisions and is suitable for input voltages of 24 to 110 volts. Its innovative design, with front I/O, configuration options, variable memory and IP65 rated housing is intended to facilitate installations, maintenance and upgrades. LAN and USB ports support remote and local access. The nROK 3000 also has numerous I/O options, network connections, expanded functionalities and a GPS function. Driver can therefore interrogate the real time status of electrical equipment and overlook the moving train from the cab. NEXCOM is also demonstrating its latest on-board computer for trains, the nROK 5000/5500, at InnoTrans 2012.
NextSense Mess- und Prüfsysteme GmbH manufactures contactless systems for measuring profiles in the railway and automotive sectors and is using InnoTrans 2012 to introduce its easy-to-use measuring device for use in confined spaces. These include a small sensor for the Calipri measuring device, which has been on the market for some considerable time already.. The new, smaller Calipri sensor is the first easy-to-use system for measuring the wear on the wheel profiles of low-floor vehicles. To carry out a measurement the user holds the sensor, moving it over the wheel profile. The intelligent image processing system continuously records small sections of the item being measured, and combines them. Patents have been applied for a system which has been developed to eliminate the need to maintain the sensor at a precise distance and angle. With its so-called tilt corrector and its contactless operation the Calipri is much more reliable than conventional scanning methods, and its readings can be reproduced more effectively too.
Norgren, a well-known supplier of pneumatic motion and fluid control technology, is using InnoTrans 2012 to present some newly developed technology for the rail sector for the first time. Among this exhibitor’s highlights are an innovative compressed air dryer, a freeze protection valve, a mechanical pressure switch a minimum pressure valve and an electric contactor solenoid valve. The Norgren air dryer is based on AMT (adsorbent media tube) technology and offers an average service-free life of six years as well as improved drying performance. The freeze protection valve protects on-board water systems from frost damage and has been designed specifically for extreme environments in order to reduce service intervals, thereby cutting costs. Norgren is presenting its curved door actuator for the first time in Europe at this trade show. The display also features a successful high flow precision pantograph regulator that performs very effectively even under extreme conditions.
The sensor technology on gearboxes and motors and installed underfloor is exposed to very demanding conditions. The cables in particular often form a weak point. In 2010 NORIS first displayed an unusual protective tube designed for use under the most demanding conditions. At the time it was still in the experimental stage, but NORIS is now presenting a production-ready version of this system. It has been installed in many applications and because it is so resistant to vibration, shock, temperature extremes or the impact of stones or ice, it is increasingly replacing the corrugated tubing that has been in use until now. It can be used to protect the cables connecting individual rev counters and temperature sensors as well as entire, combined sensor systems. Each group of sensors is individually adapted to the surrounding area. All sensors are mounted in such a way that they can be rotated by 360 degrees, thereby enabling the water- and pressure-tight cable loom to be adapted to the individual surrounding conditions when it is being installed, and ensuring that it is free from any torsional stresses.
The web-teso software module allows users of the PC3 Series programmable controller to create their own powerful and intuitive web pages. These web pages reside within the PC3 controller and can be served to any secure computer worldwide – providing the perfect platform for railway automation, condition monitoring, data-logging, and maintenance projects. The programmable, web-based web-teso interface provides an easy- to-use software development module for real time monitoring and control of the pages, as well as of trends, events, data-logs, direct-to-disk recording and all PC3 configuration services. The web-teso interface can change languages with a single mouse-click and, when combined with the global reach of today’s international communications services, the PC3 Controller, configured with web-teso, provides an international automated platform for the international railway industry.
As part of its efforts to maintain a competitive edge Dorin has developed its semi-hermetic coolant compressor with an eye on the characteristic properties of new coolants and the market requirements for improved efficiency and reduced noise. Its HAL products are primarily intended for use in the transport sector and with their four cylinder compressors they are based on the H35 and H41 product ranges. As part of a concerted effort to reduce weight the heads, crankcase and casings are made of aluminium. The HAL range offers a stroke volume of 19.29 to 63.76 m³/h and a rated output of between 4.5 and 22 hp. The main characteristics of the new Dorin compressors include a 30 per cent weight reduction, variable speed output and a wide frequency range, significantly reduced vibration, achieved by improved compensation of the flywheel mass, and a high performance coefficient, as a result of fluid-dynamic optimisation of the internal flow paths, highly efficient motors and high-tech components.
Building on the success of its Visual Inspection products OmniVision®, a registered trademark of Omnicom Engineering Limited, takes its basic visual inspection to the next technological level. OmniVision® enables automatic detection of certain types of defects and can therefore be used to improve the quality and reliability of inspections. Its benefits include improved safety management by reducing the frequency of direct track inspections, a digital record of existing track infrastructure, and the qualitative and auditable assessment of the infrastructure. It is also possible to build up a comprehensive knowledge database of track defects and their location, and to improve management information about the status and condition of the infrastructure network. In the inspection process several high speed linescan cameras can capture data at speeds in excess of 160 km/h and thermal cameras are used to record the temperature of the rails.
OTN Systems is presenting the new XTRAN product line at InnoTrans 2012. This is the first railway-grade communications network based on MPLS-TP technology (Multi Protocol Label Switching-Transport Profile). XTRAN is a compact modular node family which can be installed on DIN rails and can interconnect all railway applications, including those that are operation-critical, via over fibre optic and copper cabling. It allows the creation of reliable, multi-functional backbone networks in various topologies. The standard technology employed enables the problem-free replacement of existing or outdated networks, providing the same or better specifications in terms of protection and predictability, as well as the ability to handle the increasing amount of packet switched traffic generated by modern devices for signalling, trackside applications and operational communications. The XTRAN network is centrally managed.
The display by Otto Christ AG at InnoTrans 2012 provides details about its newest outdoor rail vehicle cleaning installations and concepts and the outstanding exhibit is the Opti 3D. This new system uses a single brush to wash the front, back, roof and door areas of rolling stock. As its name suggests, this product is ideal for every type of train contour. Like the exhibitor’s existing horizontal brush the height of the Opti 3D can be adjusted to swivel horizontally from its starting position of zero degrees to as much as 135 degrees. It can also be inclined from a horizontal angle of zero degrees to a vertical angle of approximately 80 degrees. As a result this roller brush can reach every part of the front and rear of vehicles, whether they are pointed or rounded, as well as sloping roofs. A separate roller was previously needed to perform these tasks. The machinery therefore does not need to be so high, enabling a greater length to be cleaned while using less space.
zedas®cargo 3.0 combines and supports operational and commercial processes, thereby making highly efficient controlling functions possible which can also be executed automatically. Costs and services can be clearly shown, deviations from actual planning can be identified at an early stage and alternatives can be considered. This solution supports rail transport companies in considering a variety of different calculations when preparing to submit tenders. Specified train journeys are automatically rolled out from contracts and incorporated in a sequential plan for locomotives and personnel. This involves scrutiny of the availability of locomotive, personnel and route resources. The central graphical surface forms the basis for operational control. Deviations from planning are displayed, enabling corrective measures to be undertaken in good time. Services fulfilled in the course of operations are shown in the order that they occur and form the basis for subsequent financial evaluation.
EFT-NGTM is an innovative plug-and-use system for controlling strip-type heaters with a feedback loop. Its main characteristics are its process optimisation, easy maintenance and extreme flexibility. The hardware structure is another major advantage. This modular monitoring and control system enables up to ten different function modules to be connected up to one another in a variety of combinations in a supply monitoring unit. The use of EFT-NGTM makes the monitoring of self-limiting strip-type heaters very easy. The EFT-NGTM is a central monitoring and control unit with a common diagnostic output. With the improved diagnostic capabilities of the new system there is no longer any need for a complicated search for the source of the fault. The EFT-NGTM enables the temperature and other tolerance limits to be controlled and monitored with sensors. The new AFS, FS+ strip-type heaters and other qualities provide a robust, self-limiting heating system for points, third rails and other railway applications.
Precision and environmental friendliness are among the main characteristics of the new third rail systems from the Powerlines Group. The aluminium live rail has very good running properties and improves the technical performance of the installations. Moreover all the component used are fully recyclable. In accordance with customers’ specific requirements this group of companies also manufactures high quality plastic components, including individual protective covers and live rail insulators. Planning, development, supply, assembly, start-up and maintenance of third rail installations all come from a single source. The exhibitor points out that there is effective integration of all stages, ensuring an outstanding, long lasting live rail system. In the Local Transport Division this internationally active group of companies, with its Third Rail Center of Competence, provides a modern, safe and economical system that ensures a reliable power supply for public transport.
The display by Power-One at InnoTrans 2012 includes what it claims is the first DC-DC converter with an input voltage range in excess of 10:1, an output voltage of up to 280 watts, at an ambient temperature of 70 degrees Celsius, and with an impressive average efficiency of 94 per cent throughout the entire load range. This remarkable reduction in losses enables it to be run at a substantially lower operating temperature and with much greater reliability. A single power connection provides all the rated battery voltages from 24 to 120 volts. The fixed input voltage range is between 15.4 and 150 volts, with dynamic deviations of 12 and 168 volts for two seconds in each case. The HR series conforms to most national and international railway and safety standards and is provided with a robust and secure case for installation on a 19 inch frame or in a housing, making this range ideal for use in extreme, air-cooled environments.
The DIVIS software that has been developed by the Swiss company Profics AG is based on the latest technological standards and provides a customised solution to meet a range of complex requirements. DIVIS enables linked transport systems and transport companies to carry out accounting and evaluation tasks in a highly efficient way, at the press of a button. Version 2.0 is being exhibited for the first time at InnoTrans 2012 and this new concept is notable for its simplicity. The new facilities include: support for individual transactions, individually configurable accounting and dynamic distribution list as well as simulated accounting. PPAMS, the Profics Passenger Alert Messaging System, is not tied to any specific platform, can be flexibly configured and permits simple, central input of breakdown and operating messages. It acts as a rapid and uniform source of information via a number of channels such as Twitter, Facebook and RSS feeds, for passengers and drivers, as well as through such standard interfaces as GTFS and VDV to DFI advertisers, the infotainment system and the computers on board the vehicles.
The project management software Projektron BCS enables users of a wide range of different projects to plan them efficiently, coordinate them easily and carry out a comprehensive evaluation. The Berlin-based software company is presenting its new edition to trade fair visitors for the first time at InnoTrans 2012: Projektron BCS.start. This tool is intended for project teams of up to 15 members. Equipped with the most important project management tools and with helpful support functions, this new entry-level solution is ideally suited for meeting the requirements of small and medium-sized companies. Projektron BCS, the main product, combines an extensive range of tools for projects and companies in one operator environment. With flexible currency selection and versions in up to seven different languages the Projektron BCS offers some outstanding features which can also be used for major international projects. The 400 customers throughout Europe include companies engaged in transport technology, one of them being Interfleet Technology GmbH in Wiesbaden.
The prototype of its newly developed measuring wheelset computer is being shown for the first time by PROSE Berlin GmbH at InnoTrans 2012. It enables the signals from measuring wheelsets to be evaluated in order to determine the wheel-rail forces. Start-up and operation of these systems is considerably simplified by means of the computer, bringing the objective of a “sensor like any other” much closer, the developers emphasise. With data transfer via the latest EtherCAT bus the modular system permits distributed instrumentation along the length of a train, with the possibility for expansion to up to 16 measuring wheelsets per system. With browser-based controls and automatic system and network configuration the measuring wheelset system is easier to operate than ever before, according to the exhibitor, and means that this technology can be used without the need for specialist knowledge. The system is compatible with the measuring wheelsets from DB Systemtechnik, UB-Datentechnik and PROSE.
A simple, fault-free connection in the field and reliable data transmission are especially important for M12-based PROFINET and industrial ethernet applications in railway engineering. The new M12 crimp cable plug from Provertha with IP67 protection meets these requirements and offers secure, screened contact by means of a 360 degree EMI/RFI crimped flange system and solid, twisted crimp contacts. This arrangement ensures rapid and fault-free PROFINET/ industrial ethernet connections and highly effective contacts. Together with a prefabricated cable the contact clip is fed into the insulating body of the plug connection. This is a particular effective solution for applications where space is limited. The fully screened, all-metal housing and the special crimped flange system ensure effective 360 degree EMI/RFI screening and error-free data transmission. The waterproof housing also guarantees protection in accordance with IP67 and creates a very rugged unit that is resistant to potential damage from extreme environments.
Together with other PSI business units at InnoTrans 2012 PSI Transcom is introducing new high-end control systems solutions encompassing the entire value added chain of rail transport companies from continuous operations through energy supply and logistical processes to vehicle maintenance. PSItraffic controls and optimizes the deployment of personnel and rolling stock, monitors the entire infrastructure and ensures efficient scheduling. PSIcontrol controls and monitors the networks of overhead power lines. An integrated energy management system optimises energy production and transmission from the power plant to the point where it is fed into the traction current network. PSImaintenance monitors inspection cycles and coordinates the maintenance of locomotives and rolling stock. Maintenance intervals are optimised and vehicle downtimes are reduced. PSItms combines shipments for various customers in different sectors. A highly synchronised flow of materials and information enables the deployment of resources such as locomotives, rolling stock and road transport to be planned with the maximum efficiency.
The use of the latest quattron methods to achieve standardization and modularization is a more effective way of achieving strategic cost benefits throughout all stages of the lifecycle of control and safety equipment and also helps to reduce development times. A wide range of organizational and contractual measures have to be taken into account with the aim of considering the relevant requirements, involving the suppliers to an adequate extent, and safeguarding a successful implementation process right through to the time that the equipment comes into service. This innovative approach often represents a migration process covering many years, whereas the existing plant represents a very heterogenous product structure. Moreover the infrastructure company has to ensure responsibility for systems and the entire procedure should be placed in a European or international context.
RAIL.ONE, together with RockDelta, has a developed a method of reducing the amount of vibration produced by passing trains based on proven RHEDA technology with double block sleepers. The new RHEDA RX system involves the installation of RockXolid anti-vibration mats under the track ballast. This effectively reduces vibration in the underlying system and eliminates any problematical resonance. RHEDA RX can be adapted to meet the requirements of individual projects. In addition RAIL.ONE GmbH, in collaboration with the Witten plant of DB Netz AG that manufactures points, has developed a solution for achieving logistical improvements during the transport and installation of pre-assembled points. The basic idea is that the over three metre long concrete sleepers are fitted with flexurally resistant coupling joints, enabling the overhanging part of the sleeper to be folded over during transport. In this way pre-assembled sleeper units with lengths of up to 4.8 metres can be transported on standard flat railway wagons.
Complete, accurate and more economical track geometry measurements can be achieved with RILA. The system measures, calculates and displays track geometry information in absolute x, y and z coordinates. RILA hardware uses trains operating on regular schedules, eliminating the need for separate trains to conduct measurements. The processed track data is independent of the type of train used. During a scheduled stop at a station the RILA hardware can be attached to the train by two people in less than two minutes. The system functionalities enable a large rail network to be surveyed without having to occupy the track. RILA can be used to generate various kinds of data. It can be used for aspects such as track safety/track security, track quality, track surveying and track alignment as well as for the response and comfort provided by rail vehicles. This new measuring system has been developed and refined over the past three years in the Netherlands.
MARS Railbusiness is new kind of software solution for fleet management. Industry software has been adapted to meet railway standards and is a useful aid in planning and carrying out maintenance work. The simplified input procedure automatically registers all the main information about performance processes and consumption of materials. MARS Railbusiness also monitors and documents all measuring and testing equipment, lifting gear and employee qualification requirements. The software can automatically transmit paperless analyses of all the recorded data online to management and the relevant departments, as well as storing details about ongoing maintenance and security requirements. At InnoTrans 2012 railcon is demonstrating all its possible applications for maintenance with or without the use of barcodes or RFID technology for freight wagons, locomotives and infrastructure.
VTPS, the Video Train Positioning System from RDS, offers economic improvements with regard to installation and migration for European rail transport monitoring systems (ERTMS) or other train control systems. It enables companies to obtain a constant overview of the position of trains throughout the network, including tunnels, for the purposes of train control, passenger information, traffic management or other location-dependent applications. The system is particularly useful if GPS is not available or when extreme precision is required on individual sections of track. VTPS uses a forward-facing CCTV, which is installed in the driver’s cab. The position of the train is determined through real time image processing of the video stream. The VTPS technology is embedded in the Zume-X range of forward-facing CCTV cameras, which have been developed by RDS specifically for the rail market. With dual image sensors that have been designed for day and night use Zume-X provides outstanding performance, especially at night or in tunnels.
With increasing traffic density in large cities and conurbations, modern local public transport is of growing importance. For many years the polymer specialist REHAU has been tackling the issue of railway power supply by means of a third rail and has been able to use the latest developments and material qualities in the area of live-rail supports as well as live-rail protection all over the world. For tunnels or outdoor area alike, the company’s own systems for underground railways and light rail networks are the ideal solution even under difficult climatic conditions. Following intensive research and development work the family-owned company is now able to offer its customers a complete, innovative system from a single source. As well as the various live-rail supports, cover systems and retaining components, the tried and tested aluminium live-rail is now also available from this exhibitor. The advantages: a wide range of customised systems.
The RIEGL VMX Mobile Scanning System can be deployed on various different platforms and provides for extremely precise and efficient kinematic data capture. The fully calibrated system registers up to 1.1 million points per second in a 360 degree radius in the laser category 1, which is not harmful to the eyes.
The precise, geo-referenced 3D points cloud produced by the measurements also includes objects in the surrounding area with a small spatial extent as well as those with a low reflectivity such as rails, overhead power lines, platforms, signals and buildings. The integrated camera system provides calibrated, high definition photos with a precise time stamp. The accompanying RIEGL software ensures simple and efficient data capture and processing and provides a direct interface to 3D evaluation software, such as SiRailScan from technet-rail. SiRailScan is a comprehensive software for evaluating laser scanning data. Railways are one of its main applications, and consequently an extensive range of evaluation functions for actual geometry is available.
The TS IT being displayed by Rittal at InnoTrans 2012 is a completely new rack system which the exhibitor expects to become the world standard for all applications in the IT field in the future. Two product lines in combination with a programme of smart accessories and significantly reduced complexity with easily assembled plug-&-play systems make ordering and assembly much more efficient and help to reduce costs. The basic equipment includes two flexible 19 inch assembly levels and a roof panel in several parts with improved cable inlet through bristlebars in the roof. It is supplied ready for the inclusion of a ventilator unit. Users are no longer confronted by a complicated range of choices. The continuous, rapid assembly system improves efficiency, enabling one person to assemble many of the components in just a few minutes, without the need for any tools.
For the first time InnoTrans 2012 is featuring CAMEROV® HDD© + E from ROV Developpement, an automatic system that enables contactless measurements to be made. Readings can be obtained without any manipulation by the operator of the equipment, and four sets of readings are available in less than ten seconds: height, misalignment/ stage, (curve) camber and track width. CAMEROV® HDD© + E is controlled from a tablet PC or laptop (Toughbook standard model). Two possible forms of deployment are available: either with a positioning rod or a rail unit, by means of which readings can be entered in an Excel table and subsequently printed out. The measurement cycle is 500 offline with the positioning rod, and unlimited with the rail unit. This French exhibitor has been developing and producing cameras and robots for more than 20 years, for observing under-rail structures as well as for checking and conducting measurements on overhead contact systems and catenary installations.
Roxtec has recently launched its CF F1 product group, which includes fire-rated versions of its tried and tested CF compact seals. The sealing system in this new product group and the properties of their materials have been successfully tested and certified in accordance with CEN/TS 45545, parts 2 and 3. The frames surrounding the cable openings in the CF F1 product group are remarkably lightweight and are an alternative to the regular Roxtec S, G, R and RS frames, which have also been tested to ensure compliance with CEN/TS 45545-3. The new frames boost the efficiency and the sealing properties of between 15 and 60 prefabricated cables in a single opening with the Roxtec CF F1. This exhibitor’s products have been tested by leading classification societies and have been certified in accordance with the European standard CEN/TS 45545. They also comply with other test standards such as ASTM E662, UL 94, DIN 5510-2 and NFF 16-101/102.
The automated diagnostics complex ADK-I ERA from the Russian exhibitor RPC Infotrans is a highly efficient tool for checking the condition of technical rail infrastructure facilities such as sections of track and overhead contacts as well as communication and monitoring systems. When linked to rail and geodata coordination systems this twin car diagnostics set-up can be used to check on more than 120 parameters and can evaluate some 140 parameters relating to evaluation data and analytical processing functions. The developers draw attention to the most innovative feature of ADK-I ERA: the possibility provided by a test for obtaining all kinds of information about the condition of the technical infrastructural facility, which is of decisive importance for its operating safety and for determining whether it is fit for purpose. The exhibitor’s RPI manual rail measuring device enables weak points in the track infrastructure to be identified. It involves comparing the parameters of a loaded rail freight car with the figures for an unladen RPI.
PMA-1M from the RPM Group is an automated high performance compression device, designed for continuous operation, for the cyclical compression of two sleepers while the rail track is being simultaneously and continuously raised. It has been designed for straightening sections of track while repair work is in progress. This machine can displace a section of track by up to 450 millimetres, which is significantly more than can be achieved by other manufacturers’ machinery, the exhibitor emphasises. A comparison reveals that, in terms of precision and performance, the PMA-1M is among the best on the market anywhere in the world, and this would be confirmed by tests and by the practical experience gained with this technology. The system is equipped with some exceptional sliding and compression components which are digitally controlled. The use of new rail sensors which have been developed in-house prevents any interruption when the lifting and coating units encounter rail joints.
SAB Bröckskes manufacturer of halogen-free ethernet and gigabit-ethernet cables for use with railway technology has expanded its SABIX Rail product range to include the “SABIX R 660 CAT 5e” and “SABIX R 691 CAT 6”. With its new CAT 5e and CAT 6 ethernet cables the exhibitor has expanded its product portfolio for rail vehicle technology to include additional cables for use on the railways. “SABIX R 660 CAT 5e 2x2x22 AWG” and “SABIX R 691 CAT 6 4x2x26 AWG” satisfy the fire safety standard DIN 5510. Following tests to determine their resistance to conducting fire, smoke gas density and toxicity, the company has now expanded its range to include ethernet cables for railway use that have been granted certification by an external agency. Ethernet and/or gigabit ethernet networks in rail vehicles are just some of the applications for these new types. This applies in particular to the installation of passenger information systems, monitoring equipment and e-ticketing systems. Moreover, according to the manufacturer, the SABIX Rail range of cables meets the highest fire safety standards.
The NIEPCE 70 FV lighting tube from Sammode is ideal for use in inspection pits where space is limited. The housing is made of co-extruded polycarbonate/methacrylate, combining the mechanical robustness of polycarbonate with the resistance of methacrylate to grease and oil. These lights also incorporate a new optical design, directly lighting underneath the cars and indirectly lighting the floor without dazzling. Together with the materials used, the system for sealing the lights ensures compliance with IP68. Sammode has designed the KELVIN 100 MO HT for process lighting and exposure to high temperatures. Equipped with a compact fluorescent tube, it is available in three lengths: 357, 436 and 519 millimetres. It combines a high light output and compact dimensions. Its new coextruded housing made of polycarbonate/methacrylate makes it resistant to various cleaning agents and hydrocarbons such as cutting oil and lubricants.
Schaltbau GmbH is presenting its UIC558 IT plug-in connector for railway use for the first time at InnoTrans 2012. It is used as an interface connector for the reliable transmission of data in flexible links between carriages and locomotives. It has been designed to meet very high specifications, for example for video monitoring, passenger information systems, automatic passenger counting systems, voice control and diagnostic functions. The new UIC558 IT series is equipped with an eight pin ethernet module and 16 24-volt signal contacts. The Ethernet module permits transmission rates of up to ten gigabits. This enables it to satisfy the requirements of Cat5, Cat6 and 6a, which are suitable for frequencies of up to 250 MHz and are used for voice and data transmission. Depending on the specific requirements and the areas in which it is deployed, a number of different connecting cables suitable for railway use are available. The new UIC558 IT series has been successfully used in a railway pilot project for over one and half years and complies with all the relevant railway standards.
Schunk is developing advanced charging points and current collectors for battery-powered public service buses as part of a project entitled “Rapid Charging Systems for Electric Buses in Public Transport (SEB)”, which is being supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The Supercap batteries installed at bus stops will in future be used to supply a powerful charge to buses fitted with a pantograph, but without interfering with regular services. With its “Intelligent Carbon for Pantographs” this exhibitor has developed a wear reporting system that uses sensors to monitor the wear on the contacts on electrically powered rail vehicles. The system reports when the wear has reached a critical point but allows sufficient time for the contacts to be replaced. “Intelligent Carbon for Pantographs” offers considerable potential for savings on the cost of maintaining and repairing contacts, because, as the developer points out, the intervals between the visual checks can be extended quite significantly.
A comprehensively modernised double deck commuter train, the DPZPlus, in service on the Zurich light rail network, is being displayed by Swiss Railways SBB at InnoTrans 2012. This exhibit is the first double deck train to be retrofitted with two new compact air conditioning systems in each carriage, an adapted energy supply and some new duct routes. Halfway through their life cycle SBB is modernising its 115 double deck trains in its own workshops, and is subsequently installing air conditioning, enabling passengers to continue travelling in comfort for a further 20 years. For SBB modernisation is an interesting alternative to the procurement of new rolling stock. For vehicles designed in the 1990s the technology was not sufficiently advanced to allow the kind of work now being carried out on the DPZ, in particular in view of weight restrictions and shortage of space. Among the major challenges facing the modernisation project are the need to penetrate the structure of the car body and the retrofitting with compact air conditioning equipment.
To ensure that trains can operate effectively even under extreme conditions the French company SCOMA has joined with other European partners to create a new sealing ring. According to the developers, this innovation, which is being shown to the world for the first time at InnoTrans 2012, is the only product of its kind on the world market that can guarantee a 100 per cent effective seal over a temperature range from -50 to +80 degrees Celsius, -58 to +176 degrees Fahrenheit. The new SCOMA ring provides all the properties of a standard sealing ring as well as functioning effectively under extreme conditions, according to the exhibitor. Two sizes are available, with diameters of 27 and 40 millimetres. SCOMA has been supplying the Russian vehicle market with safety components for several years. The very challenging climatic conditions for Example in Siberia, Alaska and North Canada presented the developers of this sealing ring with special challenges.
New, diesel-resistant cable markers are being exhibited by Siegrist-Orel at InnoTrans 2012. They are ideal for mass transit applications, having been designed specifically for environments where cable and wiring marking is exposed to organic liquids and oils over extended periods of time and at high temperatures. The new markers comply with such pressure and fluid resistance standards as SNCF NF F 00-608 Type H, SAE-AS5942 and MIL-STD-202 Methods 215K and SEA-AMS-DTL-23053-6 Category 1 standards. They are attached to cables and wiring harnesses joined by cable ties and are also suitable for retrofitting. Siegrist-Orel is also exhibiting its diesel-resistant, heat-shrunk cable sleeves. Conforming to SNCF standards NF F 00-608 Type A and H as well as SEA-AMS-DTL-23053-6 Category 1, these sleeves are available in diameters of between 2.4 and 38.1 millimetres. They are supplied in rolls on a special hangar.
The display by Siemens Mobility and Logistics at InnoTrans 2012 is intended to show how easy it is to undertake an individual journey with the aid of an intelligent ticketing solution. A charge is calculated for the actual service or the route travelled, whether this involves a rail trip, bicycle rental or car parking. The smart card that has been developed for this purpose includes an active RFID chip and is used to register the various forms of transport as well as the starting and termination points for individual journeys. Siemens’ rail automation division is presenting its integrated scheduling and service centre at this trade fair. IT is used to combine functions involving the planning, control and optimisation of rail and passenger information systems. The intention is to make best possible use of available routes and to improve service efficiency in order to reduce downtimes and life cycle costs. The end result is improved punctuality and real time passenger information.
The display by Siemens at the world’s largest transport technology fair InnoTrans 2012 is dominated by efficient mobility that helps to enhance the competitiveness of cities and regions and improves the quality of life. Poland’s capital has ordered new underground trains from Siemens. Three cars that are on show for the first time at the fair are based on the Inspiro metro platform. Also making its debut is a mock-up of the new Avenio generation of trams, which will be going into service in The Hague. This exhibitor has developed the Vectron locomotive type as a future-proof platform concept for international freight, regional and intercity services. One of the main advantages of this locomotive is its flexibility. Siemens is presenting three new versions: a Vectron locomotive with mid-range performance characteristics, a diesel shunter concept and a dual traction solution. Also making its first appearance is the RIC sleeping car for Russian Railways (RZD), which has been designed for cross-border services and for use throughout Central and Western Europe. The Desiro RUS regional railcar for RZD is also making its debut.
Media4Rail from Siemens CMT is the on-board solution that enables railway operators to offer their passengers top-class infotainment on their own portable devices – such as laptops, handhelds, mobile phones or tablet PCs, with minimal upfront investment. Media4Rail offers passengers a variety of services such as music-on-demand, breaking news updates, current weather forecasts and real-time information about train connections and travel routes. QA4Rail is an end-to-end solution from Siemens CMT for monitoring railway communication, voice and data recording (GSM-R and ECTS) and for rapid debugging, thereby ensuring the trouble-free functioning of the GSM-R and ETCS networks. By automatically activating an alarm before problems occur, QA4Rail can be relied upon to maintain the quality of the network service. Highly effective tools are available to enable user to identify problems with only a few mouse clicks. As a result reaction times are substantially reduced while at the same time helping to avoid serious incidents.
Tracksure’s locking device prevents unintentional nut loosening and offers infrastructure managers significant operational and cost benefits. Unlike other fasteners it is simple to maintain and does not require expensive capital equipment to install. The Tracksure locking device: consists of a modified bolt, produced under a manufacturing licence by SRUBENA UNIA S.A. It has a reverse thread added to the end, which accommodates both the original nut and the Tracksure locking nut. A locking nut is applied on to the reverse thread until it tightens against the original nut. A serrated steel locking cap then pushes down over both the original nut and the Tracksure nut, and is held in place with a spring clip. If the original nut starts to loosen, the locking nut tightens on the reverse thread with the locking cover combining both actions, ensuring a fail-safe bolt fixing.
For Stadler the “eco on board” concept is associated with high levels of efficiency, timeless design and careful use of resources. In addition to technical innovations and customised concepts for rail vehicles the main focus is also on the eco-friendly qualities of the vehicles with regard to maintenance, energy consumption and manufacture. The modern vehicles cover the entire spectrum from local and long distance passenger services to freight operations and emphasise the innovativeness, flexibility and skills of the company in the international rail vehicle sector. The open air grounds at InnoTrans will feature a KISS, intended for ODEG, for the first time, a double-deck railcar that will come into service in December 2012 in Berlin/Brandenburg. The new DT8.12 light rail vehicles for Stuttgart, part of the Tango series, the hybrid “Butler” locomotive for SBB-Cargo, the FLIRT for Leo-Express, the first private operator in the Czech Republic, and the KISS the BLS in Switzerland are among the other exhibits.
Strukton Rail is exhibiting POSS in the cloud at InnoTrans 2012. POSS is a preventive maintenance and diagnostics system that has been developed by Strukton. It provides remote monitoring of the condition of systems and objects such as actuators, train location and rail crossings. POSS registers any deviations from the norm and can identify such deviations before they can cause faults or breakdowns. The information can be accessed over the internet and can be evaluated anywhere and at any time. In other words: the information is available in the POSS cloud. POSS transfers rail maintenance and fault messages from a reactive to a proactive process. The end result: reduced risks and fewer delays for travellers. This exhibitor is also using this trade show to provide details about long term projects, for example in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and about projects outside Europe.
PALEDO is an innovative, mobile documentation system for use with maintenance processes. Developed by Syntactix, it eliminates the need for paper in the documentation process, because all data is directly recorded in digital form. As a result there is no need to type up paper records, with the ever-present risk of errors. The system combines user-friendly software with an ergonomic and rugged tablet PC as the input device. The customer’s existing documentation is incorporated one to one in the digital process and, with the aid of reliable handwriting recognition, entering the details is as easy as using a pen and paper. The software integrates calculations in the documentary record. Using data that has already been entered, when tolerances are exceeded or serious defects occur these are identified and marked automatically. Because users enter the details by hand on familiar documents, the system is very easily adopted by all staff. The entire system can be integrated without any problems in existing IT systems.
The fully automated Scalex WILD system (WILD stands for wheel load and wear detectors) is used to monitor dynamic wheel forces. The manufacturer explains that it operates reliably at between speeds of 10 and 250 kph (6 to 155 mph). Readings are obtained automatically and reproducibility has been significantly improved. In the past problems with wheels have been detected by ear, by using various instruments, visually or in the workshop. Flat areas damage the track and cause bearings to overheat. This in turn can lead to axle damage or to loosening of the wheels. Worn or damaged bearings also lead to other forms of damage. Scalex WILD monitors the forces between the wheels and the rail in order to identify any possible damage. When the pre-set limit is reached the system immediately activates an alarm, showing the wagon and wheels involved. The Finnish transport authority has decided to install several of these systems on the country’s main lines.
What is surely the world’s most unusual crack detection system, tCrack, has been deployed for the first time in the Gotthard base tunnel in Switzerland. The work of collecting data in the tunnel, and its subsequent evaluation, were successfully completed during the first quarter of 2012. Operating in the world’s longest tunnel, the system automatically identified, classified and fully documented cracks with a predefined tolerance limit. With tCrack the company has developed a new, advanced and economical measurement system that satisfies all the customer’s requirements with regard to the quality of data, as well as the speed and reliability with which it is collected, this Swiss exhibitor reports. This outstanding kinematic system provides high definition digital images, which are combined with extremely precise and absolute positional data. The automatic crack identification and optimised formwork provided by tCrack offers substantial financial, qualitative and technical advantages for all those involved in a tunnel project.
Based in Schalkau, Germany, the display by the TIRA company at InnoTrans 2012 features the TIRA K3000 RUF, an underfloor wheelset balancing machine with a milling unit for use on rolling stock and locomotives. The use of a friction drive eliminates the time-consuming work of connecting the wheelset by means of a shaft to the drive unit. This ensures that wheelsets can be quickly replaced using the K3000 RUF. It also rules out manufacturing imprecision such as incorrect fit tolerances and alignment errors, with their negative impact on accuracy of the wheel alignment. Once the alignment speed has been reached the friction drive separates from the wheelset, which can then rotate on the machine entirely unaffected by any external influences. Despite the slow rotation rate this method enables measurements of the imbalance to be conducted with extreme precision. Another advantage of this process is that it enables radial and lateral deviation of the wheelset to be measured during the same cycle, with each cycle lasting up to three minutes.
Trenew Electronic, sales partner for Power-One products, is presenting the MELCHER HR range at InnoTrans 2012. This is a DC-DC converter with a 10:1 input voltage range, up to 280 watt output at an ambient temperature of 70 degrees Celsius, and with a very high typical efficiency of 94 per cent. The drastically reduced power dissipation results in a lower operating temperature and consequently reliability levels are significantly improved. A single one of these units is sufficient to provide all nominal battery voltages from 24 to 120 volts. The static input range is 15.4 to 150 volts. Dynamic fluctuations to 12 or 168 volts over a two second period do not present any problems for the converter either. The HR range complies with all current national and international railway and safety regulations. Packaged in a robust metal case for installation in a 19 inch rack or chassis, this unit is ideal for demanding environments with convection cooling.
TTInspect is exhibiting what it describes as the most precise people counting system yet from the Indian manufacturer Delopt in its display at InnoTrans 2012. This is based on a new technology with a built-in infrared distance measuring system, which protects the system from being damaged by alternating light sources. In addition to the measurement system the sensor is equipped with a built-in camera, enabling system adjustments to be seen, controlled and even adjusted, even over longer distances, via the internet. Counting for control purposes can also be carried out, in one-hour recordings for use in subsequent documentation. This supplier can offer an accuracy of at least plus-minus two per cent. However, according to the exhibitor, in tests conducted over periods of more than six months an accuracy of plus-minus 0.4 per cent was achieved, and efforts are being made to even improve on this figure. The system is currently in the final design phase and is ready just in time for the fair.
The Institute for Land and Sea Transport at the Technical University Berlin is participating in an EU research project entitled “Versatile, Efficient and Longer Wagons for European Transportation”, VEL-Wagon for short, with the development of a new container wagon. This four-axle bogie wagon has a continuous load area of 80 feet and is designed to carry various combinations of ISO and land containers as well as swap bodies with the minimum possible loss of working length. With a reduction in the number of axles per metre of working length it reflects the general trend towards lighter loading units in combined transport. In addition to the reduced number of axles the energy expended by the moving train is improved as a result of the lower specific weight per metre of length and the smaller number of gaps between the load units. Two models of the VEL wagon to a scale of 1 to 20 are on show at InnoTrans 2012 on the stands of TU Berlin Service Gesellschaft and Tatravagónka a.s.
TÜLOMSAS is using this year’s InnoTrans to provide details about current and planned projects. Backed up by a constant exchange of licences and technology it intends to build eighty E6800 electric locomotives at its own factory. Their main features are: AC/AC, 5,000 kilowatt traction output and double driver’s cabs. The exhibitor reports that the locomotives are designed to provide reliable performance under specific climatic and environmental conditions. TÜLOMSAS has also commenced production of the new Generation AC, a long distance diesel electric locomotive based on the European Powerhaul PH37 ACI platform. These locomotives are licensed for use in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Turkish market. They have an AC main drive as well as achieving low fuel consumption and reduced emissions. With their modern diesel engines and low service costs they are ideal for use in the EU. The control system utilises IGBT technology and microprocessors.
An improved generation of electrical solutions for railway use has been developed by TE Connectivity, eliminating the previous disadvantages of standard mechanical pneumatic master switches. The innovative VESA vacuum master switch for electric trains, for example, is claimed by its manufacturer to be the first fully electromagnetically operated system for 25 and 15 kilovolt vehicles. The VESA VCB (Vacuum Circuit Breaker) provides impressive proof of what is now possible, according to this exhibitor. The highest levels of reliability have been demonstrated on more than 800 units on four continents. The performance features of the VESA VCB are designed for high speed and regional trains, metro systems and locomotives all over the world and have proved their effectiveness even under extreme weather and climatic conditions. The lightweight in its category, the VCB weighs less than half as much as conventional pneumatically operated master switches and also requires less maintenance than they do. Another significant advantage of the VESA system is its low energy consumption.
The ULBRICH buffer test bench is intended for use with buffers and coupling dampers, for process–integrated quality control and to produce graphs of the damping response. Normally, in compliance with Standard EN15551, one force-distance diagram is produced during each of three load changes, with all the characteristic curves being within the stipulated tolerance range. The entry and exits speeds must be between 10 and 50 mm/s during testing. The recorded data is then used to calculate the energy absorption and dissipation. All the results, together with other freely selectable characteristics, are displayed on the screen as I.O or N.I.O, stored on a computer and can subsequently be printed out if required as a record for a specific customer. The testing programme for the respective test run can be recorded for each type of damper and can be retrieved by entering the type of buffer, and can also be run automatically.
French company UNAC SAS developed its lightweight all-terrain vehicle, the X3, over ten years ago for the maintenance of overhead power lines on railways . The new all-terrain road-rail vehicle X6 is equipped with a high capacity working platform. It can reach heights of more than 10 m – 5 m from the top of the rail – which is well above the masts carrying the power lines. The X6 benefits from the features and functionality of the UNAC HYD-rev hydrostatic drive, giving it powerful and smooth access to the track. As with the X3, it takes less than five minutes to prepare for operations on rail track. While the vehicle is being driven onto the track, and while it is in use, the adjoining track remains free for normal railway operations. In developing this vehicle particular attention has been paid to its ergonomics and in making the controls simpler and easier. For example, fault diagnosis is assisted by a digital display, making the work of problem-solving so much easier.
Passenger information systems now have to be of a much higher quality and the HDTV format is being introduced more widely in public transport. At InnoTrans 2012 the latest generation of infotainment systems is now being introduced to an international market by VIANOVA Technologies. The main focus is on a modular screen concept based on 18.5, 17 or 15 inch displays utilising the latest technology and in the 16 : 9 format. These displays are available as dual and quad versions for trains and buses, or as an individual screen – single or back-to-back – for installation on the sides of the vehicles. By offering a very large number of pixels these high definition screens are able to meet all the conditions required by VDV for passengers with restricted vision. HDTV resolution in the 16 : 9 format ensures that the content and advertisements can be seen without distortion. As a result this new generation of systems can not only provide dynamic, real-time passenger information but also a respectable level of income from advertising. These systems are already being deployed successfully in a number of German cities.
The Swiss company Vigier Rail, together with the licensor, Sonneville, has introduced a new development for use on the Low Vibration Track (LVT) slab track system, and this is being presented for the first time at InnoTrans 2012. It enables emergency vehicles running on pneumatic tyres to operate on LVT rail tracks. This development originated from the need to meet specific emergency rescue concepts requiring pneumatically tyred emergency vehicles to be able to access tunnels. To achieve this the system provider, Sonneville AG, has developed a new LVT support with high shoulders, which forms the main feature of the overall LVT Traffic concept. The track for emergency vehicles is created by means of an additional concrete layer, cast in-situ, in combination with the newly developed LVT support points. Specially designed formwork covers separate the LVT supports and the concrete for the vehicle track. As a result the outstanding performance of the Low Vibration Track, in terms of the flush track and protection against vibration, is retained.
With the innovative capabilities and expertise of its subsidiary Cegelec Infrastructures & Mobility, VINCI Energies is able to support its customers in optimising the electricity consumption of their transport systems. New solutions for recovering braking energy are on show at InnoTrans 2012. The simulation of operating energy system, for example, enables the number, location and output of transformer substations to be determined. The aim is to provide customers with the best technical solution and the best possible returns. This is dependent on the technology of supercaps, which are installed in the relevant transformer sub-station or along the track, in order to store energy generated during braking and to release it again to propel the rail vehicle. This exhibitor points out that the use of suitable technology can lead to a 30 per cent reduction in energy costs for the transport company.
Pro4Rail from Vision Systems is an embedded or stationary system that combines safety applications, monitoring of servicing (ProLink) and passenger comfort (ProConnect). Based on a PC running Windows, with a Linux connecting platform, Pro4Rail offers flexible and open architecture for linking various applications. ProLink is the application that provides train operators with real time video monitoring and data transfer facilities. ProConnect is the solution that provides passengers with multimedia services, without requiring the complete overhaul of the carriage interior or the installation of expensive entertainment systems. In addition Vision Systems is using the fair to present its polarisation technology for protection against sunlight. Nuance is a product that enables users to immediately and uniformly control the light and heat entering the passenger compartment. This smart form of protection against sunlight is automatically adjustable to any kind of light transmission from bright to dark.
This Russian exhibitor is using InnoTrans 2012 to provide details about its new test bench, which has been developed by UPEC in collaboration with JSC VNIIZHT. The relevant control and loading systems have been supplied by Beckhoff and Blumenbecker. The test bench is intended for research purposes and for acceptance and certification testing of rail vehicle axle bearings operating at speeds of up to 300 km/h and for freight cars with a radial load of up to 25 tonnes and an axial load of up to ten tonnes per axle. The test bench has been designed for conducting tests of bearings and axle bearings as well as for determining the gamma percentile time until breakdown. Compared with accelerated investigations under the conditions found on specialised testing sections with a loop, use of the test bench facilities can lead to a four-fold reduction in the duration of the test. VNIIZHT is also presenting other new solutions from its extensive portfolio at the fair.
Shunting systems using innovative hybrid power transmission are being presented by Vollert at InnoTrans 2012. Its DER 240 robot shunter has been developed for HANSAPORT, Germany’s largest shipping terminal for coal and ores and represents an ideally dimensioned solution for internal shunting and loading operations. Electric motors form the heart of the hybrid power transmission system. They contain their own power plant in the form of a diesel-powered generator. This enables a tractive force of 240 kilonewtons to be achieved with variable loading speeds and a towing capacity of up to 6,000 tonnes. The propulsion unit and all the technical components are monitored centrally and regulated by a radio system. This offers a simple way of reading and adjusting operational data, the speed and the GPS-controlled position. The reduced legal requirements – BOA regulations – mean lower investment costs compared with locomotives used on main lines. The reduced CO2 emissions also benefit the environment. The solid and robust design helps to reduce maintenance costs and downtimes.
The display by Vossloh at InnoTrans 2012 features its new modular series of trams, the Tramlink, for the first time. The basic vehicle, for one metre or standard gauge, 1,435 millimetres, is supplied with 750 volt DC via an overhead power line and has a maximum speed of 70 kph. A very flexible design is one of the main features of the Tramlink, permitting customised configurations. Operators can connect five, seven or nine multi-articulated cars. Customers also have a wide choice regarding the external appearance, the design of the front of the vehicle, the bodywork and the number of doors. With its 100 per cent low floor design this vehicle has fully barrier-free entrances and interiors. The bogies have been designed in such a way that 16 seats can be installed over them. The exceptional chassis engineering provides for dynamic operation and enables tight curves to be negotiated easily. The water-cooled propulsion unit and elastic axle mountings make Vossloh trams very quiet with substantially reduced vibration.
Vossloh Fastening Systems, a leading suppliers of elastic fastenings, its displaying its latest development for railway applications for the first time at InnoTrans 2012: cellentic®. This has been registered in Germany as a brand name of Vossloh Werke GmbH. It is also being currently registered in more than 70 other countries. cellentic® is a highly elastic, microcellular ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) elastomer. It forms an intermediate layer or plate which is incorporated in various Vossloh fastening systems. The enclosed pore structure of the highly elastic bearing system imposes an efficient and long-lasting limit to vibration in track bed, thereby producing a lasting improvement to the track superstructure. The exceptional properties of this new material, such as more effectively distributed rigidity, increased ride comfort and excellent resistance are being demonstrated on a test bed on the Vossloh Rail Infrastructure stand in Hall 26.
While strictly adhering to its modular and platform concepts, Vossloh Locomotives has once again expanded its existing programme with some innovative drive technology: With its multiple diesel-electric motors the G 6 ME offers a range of propulsion concepts, including hybrid technology. The exhibitor reports keen demand for the G 6 shunting locomotive, whose diesel-electric powertrain has been retrofitted with a central driving motor comprising two separate diesel motors with an output approximately 350 kilowatts. With smaller motors fuel consumption when idling is reduced, which also cuts CO2 emissions. In addition the motors from the truck and bus sector always run with optimum torque, thereby improving reliability and efficiency. A motor that is operated in the optimum range is exposed to less operational wear, which results in a longer working life, less corrective maintenance and lower life cycle costs.
With high speed grinding, known by the acronym HSG, Vossloh Rail Services is presenting a new rail grinding method in the display on the open air grounds at InnoTrans. This technology reduces or eliminates existing ripples or longitudinal undulations in rails. The noise produced by trains is largely a result of ripples in the surface of the rails and HSG significantly reduces these noise levels. High speed grinding has been proved to meet the requirements of EN ISO 3095 and TSI Noise. Also making its world debut in Hall 26 is a new milling device from this exhibitor, which provides a smooth rail surface without pitting. The customised, modular milling solution is notable for the speed at which it operates and its ability to remove more material with each stage of the operation than other existing rail milling methods. It also produces a significantly better rail surface in terms of residual ripples and the cross-section.
The Czech company VUZ can provide its customers with highly modern facilities at its testing centre in Velim, details of which are available at InnoTrans 2012. This exhibitor intends to continue to develop and expand its portfolio of services. Vehicles and individual components can be tested at this facility, which includes approved test laboratories capable of conducting traction, braking, hygiene and electronic testing. Dynamic and load testing can also be carried out on vehicles and their components. Recognised and approved specialists are responsible for assessing that all products conform to the relevant technical specifications. This applies both to compatibility and verification of subsystems with regard to technical compatibility specifications. The accreditation sector focuses on infrastructure, energy, control commands, signals and rail vehicles.
With its LDT25 model on show at InnoTrans 2012 W. Schmid AG has developed a compact illuminated push button, with an LED that illuminates the entire contact area. The push buttons are available in a number of different designs: with Faston connections for cable lugs or with a cable connection, also in customized lengths or with a custom connection, if required. The LDT25 is splashproof and has been designed for a long working life. The contact area is available as a neutral white surface or in the same colour as the light. If required these buttons can be supplied with the customer’s own pictogram or symbol, which can be applied by laser engraving or screen printing. The buttons are available in a single colour, either red, yellow, green, orange, white or blue, or in a multi-colour version in the combinations red-green or red-green-blue, the latter offering a wide range of illuminated colours.
Wawrzaszek ISS is displaying new production methods at InnoTrans 2012. One area in which the company has been carrying out development work is that of plastics, where modern manufacturing technologies have an important part to play. For example, the external walls of drivers’ cabs and boxes containing technical equipment are made from monolithic compression mouldings, using the infusion method. This prevents the bonding of elements, improves the strength of the supporting structure and reduces weight. This exhibitor also specialises in the welding of steel, stainless steel and aluminium. The innovative development of a special robot unit enables Wawrzaszek ISS to weld structures that are twice as long as the reach of the robot. This is ideal, for example, for large frames for tram gantries. The exhibitor also makes extensive use of laser technology for cutting, welding and coating purposes.
Weidmüller Interface has extended its RockStar® HighPower range of plug-in connectors with the addition of the new "RockStar® HighPower-250-A" connector, which uses a crimp connection system, for 250 A and up to 4,000 volts. Like the “RockStar® HighPower” 550 A version they are of modular construction. The power contact, designed for loads of up to 250 A, is easy to install and takes up very little space, making it suitable for a number of different vibration-resistant versions. The two-part die-cast Size 8 aluminium housing, with attachment, base and mounting, has a large PE connector. The same applies to the frame into which it fits. The extremely impact- and corrosion-resistant casings have the protection level IP 68 or IP 69k and are easy to assemble. The manufacturer has redesigned the crimp contacts of the “RockStar® HighPower-250-A” to enable them to be removed through the M25 cable input aperture. Multiple, fine and precision copper wires of between 25 and 95 mm² can be easily connected using standard crimping tools.
The power-over-ethernet switches Viper-112-P8 and Viper-212-P8 improve on-board applications on rail vehicles and provide rail passengers with higher levels of comfort. They ensure efficient load distribution and handle tasks for which an entire control cabinet would otherwise be required. TheViper-212-P8 is also routable, providing for the connection of sub-networks and improved overall performance of the network. In addition to the four standard ethernet ports the two managed switches also have eight PoE ports to ensure an ideal voltage supply for video equipment, LCD monitors and WLAN access points. Via the PoE slots the Viper switches supply up to 66 watts or a maximum of 30 watts to a port. The rail switches isolate the DC input voltage of connected devices and are thus protected against overvoltages. With IP65 protection and resistance to vibration that complies with military standards these devices are unaffected by mechanical stresses, damp, condensation and dirt.
The ZAGRO E-MAXI XXL is a battery or hybrid powered shunter and has been designed for use on rails or as a road-rail vehicle on exposed or flush rail tracks with a gauge of between 1,000 and 1,668 millimetres. It can shunt loads of around 1,500 tonnes on the level. It has an infinitely variable drive system operating through four propulsion units of 80 volts/15 kilowatts each. It is steered using all four drive motors. With all-wheel steering this vehicle can turn in its own length. For use on the road it has a hydraulic suspension. To convert to the rails the entire chassis is lowered. With its low centre of gravity and compact track layout it is well protected against derailment. At the press of a button the gauge can be rapidly changed from the normal width of 1,435 millimetres to a 1,520 or 1,668 millimetre broad gauge. Excluding buffers the ZAGRO E-MAXI XXL has a length of some 6,370 millimetres and can attain speeds of 10 kph on rails and 25 kph on the road.
The increasing trend in ticket printers and on-board computers used in public transport is for all-in-one solutions. This concept, in combination with the new smart mounting Panel from Austrian manufacturer Zelisko reduces to a minimum the amount of cabling required while at the same time maximising the scope of available functions. Despite the small dimensions of the panel the designers have been able to include the entire communication sub-assembly (UMTS/GPS) together with the emergency switch, electro-acoustic installation and vehicle data storage system. Even when the Zelisko FSD5plus on-board computer is not in operation or when it has been removed, an emergency call system can still be set up using the switch on the side, provided that a Zelisko mounting panel is available. As a result the operator’s vehicles become “travelling emergency call boxes”, thereby improving the safety of public transport. An alarm can also be activated by means of a foot switch in the event of a sudden assault on the personnel.
ZF-RailFlex is a newly developed bonded fibre coupling for use in electrically powered trains. The basic idea behind this coupling is that of concentrically arranged packages of fibres, wound from single aramid threads. Embedded in elastomer, they provide for the reliable transmission of torque and compensate for discrepancies between the motor and gears. The damping properties of ZF RailFlex help to extend the working life of railway equipment and reduce servicing costs. The principle of ZF Metro gears is that of a new kind of pressure pad gliding on a film of oil to absorb all the axial forces. This enables bearings to be designed without requiring further adjustment. As an ancillary effect the temperature of the bearing is only two degrees Celsius above that of the oil sump, giving a longer life cycle and eliminating the need for adjustments during servicing. ZF has been successfully employing this technology in the automotive sector for almost 20 years, and now the benefits are available to rail vehicles too.
The Series 861 three-section multiple unit with diesel-hydraulic power transfer is of low-floor construction and comprises two railcars and a powered centre car. It has been designed to operate on national and regional routes with a gauge of 1,435 millimetres, and can cope with a maximum gradient of 4 per cent. The railcars are connected to the centre car by means of a rubber and metal coupling on the trailer bogie, thereby providing not only the connection but also rotation. The unit is provided with four braking systems. The head of the vehicle conforms to the strength specifications of car body impact – collision simulation No. 3 in accordance with STN EN 15 227. The passenger compartment is provided with an information system with a visual and acoustic station indicator and is monitored by a camera. All the passenger compartments are air conditioned, with a separate air conditioning system for the drivers’ cabs. Microprocessors and room thermostats are used to regulate the heating and air conditioning.