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 product innovations 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.
The exhibitors presenting a world premiere at InnoTrans 2014, are marked with a world premiere button.
As a rule rail vehicle floors are constructed using multi-layer plywood, but this no longer conforms to the new fire safety regulations. The Czech company 5M, based in Kunowice, is displaying an alternative, in the form of its PUROXIT panels, on its stand in Hall 3.1 at InnoTrans 2014. These are non-inflammable and thus conform to the EN standard 45545-2. Moreover these sandwich panels are 35 per cent lighter than plywood. The main advantages include very good sound and heat insulation, and they are also completely watertight, even when exposed to salt water. They have a thickness of 15 mm and can be manufactured in three-dimensional shapes too. The manufacturer prepares the panel surfaces in such a way that the final layers can be attached with adhesive.
After ten years of practical experience in the use of 3D planning A+S is now introducing Version 4 of the KorFin software. It is available in English, Russian and German. KorFin enables rail, road and overhead power line routes to be incorporated directly in the planning of 3D models. The basis is provided by geodata such as site surveys, aerial pictures, environmental areas, vegetation and buildings. In interactive real time drafting the visual results are synchronised with data that is of particular relevance to the planning process, such as soil quantities, cross sections and costs. The 3D route planning is completed by integrating traditional design elements. When completed, together with integrated transformation and the relevant interfaces, the data provides wide-ranging access to geodata and existing routes. In this way KorFin permits real time processing for more extensive projects such as routes of up to 600 km in length, areas of up to 40,000 km², or the management of geodata for entire German federal states. The end result is 3D visualisation, finalised plans and the export of data for further use.
ABB will be showing Régiolis, the latest generation traction transformer for TER regional trains, at InnoTrans 2014. Régiolis is being built by Alstom for French National Railways (SNCF). The extremely compact and lightweight roof-mounted transformer perfectly exemplifies ABB’s continuous endeavour to push the boundaries of design to new limits and achieve excellence in performance when it comes to compactness, lightness and low noise emissions. The transformer is equipped with an integrated cooling system built with lightweight components. Its integrated double interleaved DC line filter reactor allows maximal bulk reduction in the 1500V DC catenary supply. The small tank also contains a large auxiliary chopper reactor. Every square mm of space is optimally used to accommodate all of these active components. Thanks to individual assembly, special care could be given to maximum noise reduction.
Three products from SKF are making their world debut at InnoTrans 2014. The new tapered roller bearing unit (TBU) for passenger trains extends the service life of bearings by 40 per cent compared to existing products. It enables maintenance intervals to be extended to 1.7 million km to match wheelset maintenance intervals. The ability to carry out two sets of maintenance at the same time reduces service interruptions and costs. SKF claims that its new compact tapered bearing unit (CTBU) is the only such bearing currently on the market that is rated for operational axle loads of 45 tonnes. This increases the weight per unit of rolling stock that can be carried, thereby meeting the requirements of many customers. The SKF Multilog On-line System IMx-B is the first wireless bogie monitoring system, according to the exhibitor, and can identify faults in traction motors, gearboxes and wheelset bearings. This system facilitates the transition from time-based to condition-based maintenance for all rail operators.
A range of composite sub-assemblies for use on rolling stock is being displayed by Airbus Defence and Space at InnoTrans 2014. They utilise carbon fibre composites and have been designed for use on rolling stock, and in particular for car body shells and bogie sub-components. Composites provide a cost-effective solution for drastically reducing the weight of trains. On its stand in Hall 11.2 the company is introducing a new 3 x 2 x 2 m breadboard, which is intended to demonstrate the technical and economic advantages of metal and composite assembly solutions. Compared with an aluminium car body, weight savings of up to 35 per cent on sidewall and floor elements can be achieved, with no loss of performance.
Some 600,000 people work in the railway industry, making it one of the main sources of employment in Germany, but it also faces the threat of a shortage of qualified specialists. Schienenjobs is the name of an employment portal dedicated to avoiding this situation. With its cross-company approach this platform covers the entire industry. Not only is it currently the largest job centre for the rail sector, but Schienenjobs is also a source of useful information and provides job applicants with useful advice about how to submit their applications. It covers subjects such as careers in the rail industry and sustainability in the rail transport sector. The range of information about jobs is being continually expanded for the benefit of newcomers to the industry and to inform young people about the many and varied career opportunities offered by the railway sector. Schienenjobs is supported by the Association of German Transport Companies, the German Railway Industry Association,, DB Mobility Networks Logistics, Bombardier Transportation, DEVK and BAHN-BKK.
Höft & Wessel continues to expand its ticketing portfolio with the aim of further increasing the satisfaction of its own customers, and of their customers too. As part of this process the latest generation of the almex.station, a proven fixed location ticket machine, complies with the requirements of Resistance Class RC4 (vandalism-proof in accordance with VDS). It thus becomes an even more secure investment, with reduced life cycle costs. The end-user benefits because of the increased availability of these machines. This exhibitor is also using InnoTrans to present the replacement for the successful mobile ticketing system almex.mobile. The experience gained with numerous successful projects has been incorporated in the continued development of this system. The outstanding features are the intuitive operation, already familiar to users of the latest smartphones and tablets. This “all-in-one” ticketing system is augmented by components designed specifically for ticketing applications, such as printers, imagers and card readers, raising mobile ticket selling to a new level.
Alstom is presenting three outstanding innovations at InnoTrans 2014. The latest Citadis trams offer even higher levels of comfort, with more space and improved access compared with all their predecessors. They also provide a wider range of options than previous models and can therefore be adapted to meet the individual specifications of both small and large towns. Another new product from this exhibitor is a preventive maintenance tool intended to reduce life cycle costs for its customers. It makes it possible to monitor the condition of equipment and to forecast its remaining operating life, thereby improving operational availability and minimizing maintenance costs. The display at this year’s trade show also features new versions of the Atlas range of systems, the ERTMS solution from Alstom. They are scalable, can be adapted to meet various different transport specifications, and can be deployed in both low and high-density rail networks.
Amberg Technologies has expanded its well-tried “GRP System FX” for rail surveying with the addition of the new “Amberg IMS 1000” und “Amberg IMS 3000” system configurations. They provide reliable and highly accurate information about the geometry of track systems during construction and maintenance, and with levels of unparalleled productivity. IMS 1000 and IMS 3000 measure the inner and outer rail geometry of ballast tracks and slab tracks using a new, high performance sensor, the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). At 4.000 m/h the performance of this system is twice as high as that of other commercially available devices. It also ensures that the track can be reliably measured with a typical positional accuracy of ±1 m. The IMS 1000 and IMS 3000 software process the readings, analyse the track quality and report any deviations from the specified position. Correction data for tamping machines can also be directly generated.
ANDRITZ Maerz supplies fully automated tempering units for the heat treatment of the wheels used on high speed trains. All the processes are monitored individually for each wheel and are reproducible. In addition the registered data for different types of wheels and materials can be retrieved. Other special features of the heat treatment technology that has been developed by ANDRITZ Maerz include more even heating of the wheels to the required degree of tempering. This is achieved by means of single-layer charging with significantly reduced heating times compared with the heating of wheels when placed in a stack. The controlled cooling of the wheels in the tempering machines and subsequent tempering processes enable the high international specifications to be met for the tempering and structure of the wheels used on high speed trains.
AnsaldoBreda is presenting the Copenhagen Cityringen at InnoTrans 2014. This driverless metro is an ongoing development of another driverless train for the metro lines 1 and 2 in Copenhagen, which have been operating successfully since 2002. The most important principle in the development process has been to achieve a symbiosis between design and technology. The three articulated cars and the materials used have been designed in a way that enables operators to conserve energy and to minimize noise levels and vibration, thereby making journeys more comfortable. The interiors have been designed to ensure that the floor area is completely free of obstacles. This allows passengers to move about freely and facilitates maintenance too. The vehicle capacity is 232 standing and 48 seated, and the maximum speed is 90 kph. The cars have six doors on each side. Power is obtained from a 750 V DC third rail.
Innotrans 2014 is the venue for the worldwide launch of a new fault-tolerant platform for train control and rail signalling from Artesyn Embedded Technologies. Based on open standards, Artesyn’s ControlSafe™ Platform is a cost-effective solution that enables rail infrastructure providers and system integrators to substantially accelerate time-to-market without incurring the high costs and risks of the SIL4 certification process.
The ControlSafe Platform meets all the functional safety, reliability and availability requirements mandated by rail standards and speci¬fications, including EN50126, EN50128 SIL4 and EN50129 SIL4. It is expected to provide 15 years of planned product life and 25 years of extended support and service. Artesyn Embedded Technologies has over 30 years of experience in the development of extremely reliable and high availability, embedded computer systems.
One of the particular highlights from ASE AG has been the development of NUMBERCheck and TrAbSy (Transportation accounting system for railway operators). This automated identification system records and recognises various types of symbol such as UIC car numbers, container numbers and symbols denoting hazardous goods, as well as car movements and idling times. The data thus obtained is evaluated in a database and, after scrutiny, accounting is automatically carried out to determine the charges payable by users of the infrastructure. An optical check with damage detection is also possible. Documentation or evidence of the state of the car when it enters or leaves the section of railway assist in dealing with claims for damages. Potential areas where it can be used include railways and port facilities, internal transport facilities, freight handling and logistics. Being mounted on a column protects against vandalism, and in this case no re-adjustment is necessary.
The new IKON electronic closure system eCLIQ has been developed for the international market in response to customers’ specific requirements for a high degree of reliability under extreme environmental conditions, and a link to data management systems. It offers an extremely flexible method of managing the latest closure installations. It enables access authorisations to be updated immediately. The technical advantages of the flexible modular design include the reduced overall length of the cylinders and the centrical key channel. The plug-and-play solution is ready to use immediately following assembly. The advanced generation of chips with 128-bit AES encryption offers very high standards of security, accelerated communication and improved energy management. In addition to its compact design and striking styling, the eCLIQ also uses extremely robust and reliable components. Its manufacturer describes it as one of the most reliable and also one of the smallest electronic closure systems.
The French manufacturer ATI-INTERCO is exhibiting special connectors for use in harsh and extremely demanding environments at InnoTrans 2014. Made with high performance materials, these connectors have been designed for signal transmission and for use directly on the rail track. They provide for rapid connection and disconnection with maximum reliability. They also significantly reduce the time required for assembly/removal and for maintenance work, and eliminate any risk of wiring errors. Sealed to exclude moisture, these corrosion-resistant connectors guarantee secure attachment and clear signal transmission even when subjected to the kind of vibration experienced on rail track. Other features include effective resistance to high temperatures and ageing. The ATI-INTERCO company is the result of a merger in 2012 between ATI ELECTRONIQUE and INTERCONNEXIONS and has been a subsidiary of the Conesys Group since February 2013.
AUCOTEC AG is introducing its solution for rail vehicle wiring for the first time at InnoTrans 2014, from the electrical design to the making up of the wiring looms, to provide highly consistent data throughout the entire development cycle for the benefit of all concerned. The platform, which goes by the name of “Engineering Base” (EB), displays the data from the various disciplines in a uniform model, and also integrates the 3D development. EB enables users to carry out all aspects of functional planning, defining the wiring either graphically or only in alphanumeric form. The distances obtained from the 3D model determine the lengths of the cables and lines. If changes occur it is sufficient to simply synchronize the wiring looms with the cabling sections, and EB will immediately recalculate all the relevant line lengths. This eliminates the need to make manual corrections. Mechanical and electrical designing can take place parallel with one another. The EB manufacturing module integrates the data from both of these activities for the immediate creation of production documentation.
The basic version of the analogue, SIL-certified rear view system RailEye consists of the RailMon monitor , two externally mounted RailCam cameras and the RailEyeSwitch router. When mounted on vehicles, power is only supplied to the RailEyeSwitch, which then powers the monitors and cameras. The use of video two-wire cable means that only a four-core cable is required for the video and voltage feed, thereby substantially reducing the amount of wiring in the vehicle. The reduced wiring and simplified installation work make the rear view system ideal both for new vehicles or for retrofitting. This innovative development has many applications, for example as a traditional rear view or door monitoring system, and also has a signal input for on-board signalling. The externally mounted cameras can provide single, split or quad images. In addition to the possibility for SIL certification, RailEye has also been granted EN50155 (railway approved), EN50121-3-2 (EMC) and EN45545 (fire safety standard) approvals.
The new compact, robust and inconspicuous AXIS P39-R network camera series has been specially designed for video surveillance in buses, trains, subway carriages and other vehicles. The cameras have water and dust-proof casings, and can stand up to adverse conditions such as vibrations, impacts, shocks and temperature fluctuations. This product series has an active tampering alarm which detects and signals tampering attempts such as spray-painting or blocking. The AXIS P39-R network cameras achieve optimum image quality in HDTV resolution and high processing performance as well as providing EdgeStore products for customers with sophisticated demands. The cameras are specially designed to respond rapidly to changes in lighting conditions, always producing superb image quality. Thanks to progressive scan techniques, the cameras can display moving objects without distortion. In “traffic light” mode, traffic light colours can be more easily distinguished in dark scenes.
Up to now, the fire behaviour of natural-rubber based materials has prevented them from being used in vibration-absorbing components requiring special fire protection properties. This disadvantage is now eliminated by material and processes developed by BATEGU. The exhibitor’s vibration components achieve maximum fire and passenger protection while maintaining optimal dynamic-mechanical properties. This, combined with the existing excellent ozone, ageing and weather resistance properties, high elasticity and an outstanding settling behaviour mean that BATEGU vibration components meet all the requirements for long-term, fault-free use in bogies. Thanks to their cold-condition flexibility extending down to -50 ° Celsius, the components can be used even in the most severe climatic conditions, and thanks to their resistance to steam and alkaline detergents, there are no restrictions with regard to normal railway vehicle cleaning operations. Certificates on conformity to EN 45545 can be provided.
The RailTuff™ BE43802 is a copper Cat 7 Ethernet data cable designed by Belden especially for the passenger railway market. It conforms to EN 45545-2 and EN 50155 (TX level) specifications and thanks to a transmission performance of 10 Gbps can be used to integrate multiple on-board applications. In addition, it helps copper cable installations to meet the requirements specified in EN 62580 and EN 61375. The new Ethernet data cable can be used at a wide range of ambient temperatures. Another highlight at this year’s show will be a live demonstration of a wireless link utilising Hirschmann™ OpenBAT Clear Space® Wireless products and the Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) as described in IEC 62439-3. PRP dramatically improves the performance of a wireless network since it decreases the potential for data packet loss since no renegotiation and signal recovery times are involved. This protocol also improves transmission times by achieving lower latency and reducing jitter throughout the data transmission session.
Innovations in the fields of industrial cleaning and maintenance are being presented by Bio-Circle Surface Technology at InnoTrans 2014. “Nature Boost-Green Corner” is an innovative additive derived from renewable raw materials. Its features include its outstanding dissolving power, intended especially for use on grease, oils, adhesives and paints. It is non-inflammable, contains no volatile organic compounds, does not have to be marked or identified in any way, and it is made from renewable materials. “BIO-CIRCLE GT Compact” is a cleaning system with contemporary styling and is being launched commercially as the successor to the tried and tested BIO-CIRCLE Compact. The brush washing table is notable for its compact design and its flexibility. The “BIO-CIRCLE Clean Box Flow” is an adaptable cleaning system which can be used, for example, for degreasing workpieces. “CB 100” is a substitute for kerosene and is ideal for removing persistent dirt or marks in all areas of industry. Free of any VOCs, this cleaning agent will not harm the environment or the user and is ideal for use in engine maintenance.
This Sheffield-based company is exhibiting at InnoTrans 2014 to launch a new and highly innovative product. The modular construction of this train toilet is fully compliant with the Technical Specifications for Persons of Reduced Mobility (PRM TSI) and the UK’s Rail Group Standards (RGS). The main benefit of the UAT (universally accessible toilet) module is that the floor moulding is in one piece, thereby preventing the leakage of liquids, and consequently it also reduces the risk of under-floor corrosion. The module is pre-assembled and fully tested, which significantly reduces the time taken for its installation in rolling stock. Its features include an LED light, a large mirror and a baby-changing unit. The hand-cleansing system is activated by an infrared sensor. The modern, fresh interior can be individually adapted to match the style and colour of any vehicle.
BIW Isolierstoffe GmbH develops and manufactures technical textiles and products made from silicon, and has expanded its silicon portfolio in accordance with the changes to European fire safety standards in compliance with DIN EN 45545:Aug-2013 (CEN/ TS45545-2:2009). The result is a wide range of silicon materials, in both compact and foam form, and for all regular applications, for making hoses, cords, profiles, frames, straps, mouldings and flat seals. For most applications the hardnesses 50Sh-A, 60Sh-A and 70Sh-A achieve the tolerance level HL3, while the silicon foams achieve the tolerance level HL2. A wide range of individual tests covers the flue gas density and flue gas toxicity categories R1, R6, R7, R22 and R23. In individual cases the exhibitor can continue to meet national standards for specific products.
The fully automated, driverless INNOVIA monorail from Bombardier Transportation provides cities around the world with a faster, high capacity mass transit system. The manufacturer claims that the OMNIO (Regio 2N) double deck train is the world’s first double deck regional EMU offering the possibility for alternating between single and double deck cars. It provides high capacity, improved passenger comfort, excellent accessibility and visibility throughout the entire train. The TRAXX AC locomotive also features the so-called Last-Mile function, enabling it to operate on non-electrified lines and in terminals, due to its ability to use its own diesel power for the “last mile”, thereby eliminating the need for a shunting locomotive. The FLEXX compact bogie with FLEXX Tronic WAKO technology provides maximum passenger comfort and enables speeds on curves to be increased by up to 15 per cent. TWINDEXX Vario double deck trains are also due to come into service on long distance routes.
SmartLabel is used for the semi-automated material management of C-parts in storage, production and directly at the workplace. Companies benefit from reduced procurement and storage costs, less expense in the monitoring of stocks and a generally lower rate of capital commitment. Users can easily order replacements from the site where they are needed, thereby keeping the process under strict control. The E-paper display is easy to read under all lighting conditions and a long battery life ensures minimal maintenance. It shows an image of the product, together with the order number, thereby ruling out any confusion when handling the parts. The order status and delivery date are shown, providing greater transparency and trust. Customers can apply SmartLabel to any standard box and at any storage site, enabling the existing infrastructure to be used without the need for any conversion. SmartLabel is ready to use and is easy to adapt, thereby giving customers the highest degree of flexibility.
With its innovative XLIGHT and XTREME leathers BOXMARK aims to create trends for vehicle interiors of the future as well as making a valuable contribution to sustainability. Together with its lamination XLIGHT weighs only 600 g/m2, thereby helping to reduce the overall weight of the train. This reduces energy consumption, pollution and costs. XTREME is notable for its above-average durability, high wear resistance and outstanding stretching, tensile and tear-resistant properties. The award of numerous test certificates also confirms the remarkable resistance to mould, bacteria, disinfectants, sunlight, dirt, chlorine and sea water, oil, alcohol and water. XLIGHT and XTREME meet all international standards and are also available in combined form as a single leather product. These innovative leathers from this Austrian exhibitor can be used on all interior components.
Based in France and active around the world, the software developer CARL Software is exhibiting at InnoTrans 2014 with its new “CARL Source Transport 4” and the mobile solution “CARL Touch”, which is aimed at technicians and administrators. CARL Source 4 is a comprehensive tool for the management of rail vehicles and installations. It can also be used to monitor train availability and improve maintenance processes. The software is regularly supplied with the latest regulations from supervisory authorities. A geographical information system, AutoCad plans and GoogleMaps facilitate equipment geo-location. CARL Touch is a support tool that provides technicians and administrators with, among other things, real time field monitoring, installation geo-location, comprehensive voice reports, equipment inventories and stock management.
With the aim of finding the best possible solution to meet the latest fire-prevention regulations, Cellofoam has developed a new sound and heat insulation product with water and oil repellent properties: Cello® F800 FR HO ALG. The versatile application options are characteristic for this innovative material. Whether used in ceilings, floors or side walls, in HVAC systems, ventilation ducts or as a special version for piping insulation – Cello® F800 FR HO ALG meets the requirements for HL-3 results of R1 as specified in the latest fire prevention regulations set out in EN 45545-2. Its corrosion-resistant aluminium surface fulfils the strictest hygiene requirements and effectively prevents fungus and mould formation, protects the material against penetration by liquids as well as providing excellent heat radiation reflection. Furthermore, it can be completely recycled, does not emit any formaldehyde and is REACH-compliant according to the state of the art (05/2014).
Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Técnicas (CEIT) is a technical research centre at the University of Navarra in Spain. It is committed to conducting applied research in collaboration with research departments in industry. During InnoTrans 2014 the centre is presenting a development that is making its world debut: innovative software tools for computing assembly and disassembly sequences directly from the geometry. It uses real time 3D object recognition and the processes are recorded. On their stand in Hall 22 members of the CEIT staff are also demonstrating a mobile application that uses augmented reality to support the traceability of maintenance work. Evidence is based on user identification, the time and photos of the various stages of the work.
Within the Torino-Piemonte Railway project, companies are working together on innovative development solutions for green mobility and high-speed freight bogies.
The two companies, Blue Engineering and Canavera & Audi, have teamed up with Politecnico di Torino to design a high speed freight bogie. A 1:5 scale model designed and manufactured to determine the dynamic behaviour of the concept design at speeds of up to 200 km/h has been tested on the rolling bench test at Politecnico di Torino. The wagon / bogie interface is equipped for the freight wagons currently in standard use. The bogie has been designed to meet various axle loads and speeds, in accordance with customer requirements. Consequently this is not a single product but a new platform for bogies, with a few simple components that are completely interchangeable according to UIC standards, in particular with dimensioning in accordance with UIC 510-1.
CN-Consult is presenting four new products at InnoTrans 2014. With the aid of QR codes at stations, rail and bus passengers can make use of the passenger information systems DiLoc®|Rail and DiLoc®|Bus to obtain details in real time about services, punctuality and connections with the next train or bus. DiLoc®|Sync software for supplying train drivers with documentation is now being used by over 3,000 drivers throughout Europe, and now permits the use of digital signatures. In the latest development DiLoc®|Sync provides train drivers with videos containing information about the route. This function is of considerable assistance to companies in their task of maintaining and disseminating knowledge about routes, and offers further proof of the practical value of this solution. The DiLoc®|Rail system for dispatching, passenger information and localisation has been augmented with a module showing main line allocation. This enables dispatchers to see the exact allocation of each track at each station, every day and minute by minute.
“STI 20” is a new patented system from the Italian company COLMAR for loading, transporting and unloading ballast and, unlike existing transport systems using specially designed railway cars, it results in considerable time savings and correspondingly lower maintenance and investment costs. This new system can be installed in standard railway cars. The ballast handling system is made up of two parts: the transport system and the devices for filling and emptying the containers. The transport system uses standard 20 foot containers with a capacity of 20 m³, which, even when fully laden, can also be transported by road. The loading and discharging system consists of a conveyor belt installed on a steel structure, which can also be connected to a normal railway freight car. The hydraulic and electric power required by this structure is supplied by a stand-alone diesel power unit which is remotely controlled. Up to five parts can be stacked one upon the other to enable this equipment to be transported.
The J-TECH JTCIR and JTVG range of connectors from CONESYS EUROPE, a division of Conesys Inc, has been designed to meet the needs of industrial customers in areas such as railway engineering, construction equipment and power generation. The reverse bayonet connectors offer easy and rapid 1/3 turn coupling with an audible click and additional visual yellow markings. The range of connectors has been designed for water-resistant use and meets the exacting requirements of the IP67 standard. The seals are made of flame-resistant neoprene, and rubber materials are also available as an alternative. They are interchangeable and can be joined to other VG95234 connections. The connectors are available in aluminium or stainless steel, with crimp and solder contacts and with gold or silver plating. Their resistance to shock and vibration conforms to the specifications of MIL-C-5015. All of the products in this range are designed to operate at temperatures of between -40 and +125 degrees Celsius.
Contact Srl, together with the Production and Intersys companies, is part of the Italian Production Group, and is presenting a new power collection system at InnoTrans 2014. This offers permanent, optimized control over the pressure between the pantograph and the catenary wire, as well as an optical diagnostic system. This innovative system also enables multiple units and electric locomotives to be equipped with several pantographs, in order to improve the interaction between the collector and the overhead line, and achieve better servicing too. The diagnostic system makes it possible to identify operating problems at an early stage. This enables train operators to plan their maintenance work as quickly as possible, thereby improving fleet availability and earning more euros per kilometre. Experience gained with this system in Italy is currently being applied to the new generation of high speed trains. Approval for use in other European countries is expected soon, the exhibitor reports.
ContiTech Air Spring Systems has developed a new air suspension for use on railway rolling stock, and it can even operate efficiently at temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius. The new K air suspension system combines the positive properties of natural rubber and chloroprene. The combination of rubbers and the rubber-coated fabric are the result of research and development work on air suspension systems for commercial road vehicles. The combination of rubbers used on the inner layer has a crystal dispersion temperature of almost -60 degrees Celsius, while the combination used on the external layer demonstrates very high abrasion resistance and excellent resistance to the effects of ozone, UV and various media. In brittleness testing no crystallisation occurs at temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius. In abrasion tests the material has proved to be twice as resistant as chloroprene. Laboratory tests confirm that, with this new development, an excellent compromise has been achieved between changes in properties and adaptation to environmental conditions.
The UK-based company COREX-Honeycomb is exhibiting for the first time at InnoTrans, with its high quality aluminium honeycomb in 5,000 and 3,000 series alloys, which have a wide range of applications in the rail industry. This versatile material can be used for interior panels, partitions and doors, as well as in floors, galleys and sanitary modules. The aluminium honeycomb is manufactured to the highest quality standards and complies with BSEN 9100:2009, BS EN ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004. It can be supplied in many different forms: expanded or unexpanded, as full blocks or cut slices, perforated or unperforated. The manufacturer guarantees an excellent customer service and short lead times. Corex products are used in many fields and, as well as the rail industry, they are also found in construction and architecture, in aviation, in buildings and facades, and in wind farms.
The new hand-held, portable “HandySCAN 3D” is a 3D scanner that was introduced in May 2014 and is being presented at InnoTrans by Creaform. It has an accuracy of 30 µm, measuring frequencies that are significantly higher than those of the previous generation, and is ready for use in less than two minutes. This 3D scanner can be deployed in all phases of a product’s life cycle, from the original concept to design and manufacture, as well as for documentation, maintenance and repair purposes. Built-in TRUaccuracy technology ensures precise measurements even under full operational conditions, and is unaffected by vibration, instability or temperature differences in the working environment. With a history of more than 10,000 measuring service projects this exhibitor is also a worldwide specialist in 3D engineering and the corresponding services, helping companies with quality control, 3D scanning, reverse engineering, product development and numerical simulation tasks (FEA/ CFD).
Crescendi GmbH, based in South Tyrol, sells innovative urban and street furniture throughout the whole of Europe. The Augustaflex system is one of their main products. Signs and barrier posts get damaged every day due to careless parking, resulting in complicated and expensive repairs. Maintenance work is costly and hits municipal budgets hard. Now there is a solution to this: a flexible post base for signposts and barrier posts. The system can be quickly and easily integrated into existing or new road and traffic sign systems. If a car bumps into a post while parking, this gives way at the base and returns to its original upright position as soon as the force is removed. This effect is achieved by a powerful, optimised disc-spring which provides elasticity while still complying with regulations on the rigidity of road and traffic signs. This flexible post base reduces expensive repairs to damaged signs or eliminates them altogether.
CZ LOKO is attending InnoTrans for the seventh successive time. This year this exhibitor from the Czech Republic is presenting its two new diesel-electric locomotives, the 794.001 and TME3-020.The two-axle TME3 locomotive has been designed for light and medium shunting purposes and can also be deployed for light line operations too. The newly designed undercarriage and alternating transfer of power enable the traction motors to be controlled individually. This gives the locomotive a powerful traction, even on rails with poor adhesion. The new 794 series of locomotive has been designed for light shunting duties on sidings, and conforms to the standard UIC 505-1. The locomotive has been designed as a hood unit type, with one cab at the rear of the chassis.
With up to 90 per cent lower emission levels than Euro V, the new Unimog generation sets new standards in environmental friendliness and efficiency. Another new feature: a driver’s cab with intuitive controls and the EasyDrive synergetic drive system. This allows infinitely variable adjustment of the working speed up to 50 kph. Mercedes-Benz is using InnoTrans 2014 to introduce a Unimog with Euro-VI exhaust gas technology for the first time, and this professional shunting vehicle is also equipped with radio remote control. With its compact wheel gauge, power on the rails from the vehicle’s wheels and an increase in the maximum permissible weight, it can shunt high loads of up to 1,000 t with even greater reliability. Also new is the U 423 (Euro VI) that is being displayed, which has been specially designed to operate on tramlines with curves as tight as 17 m. On the new Unimog this is now available in conjunction with a factory conversion of the chassis.
As the exhibitor of the DAMM TetraFlex® system explains, this is the world’s most scalable and smartest digital TETRA radio infrastructure. It is available either with an outdoor or an indoor base station. The system is augmented by a comprehensive range of features and integrated software, such as network management, voice and data recording and a Dispatcher application. TetraFlex® provides for reliable, fast and uninterrupted TETRA voice and data communication in mission critical applications. The 100 per cent IP-based, distributed architecture ensures maximum flexibility in site and capacity expansions, even in live operation. The user-friendly, advanced API ensures the seamless integration of external applications such as Dispatcher. DAMM also incorporates the products TetraFlex® Android Client and TetraFlex® Windows Client – vendor independent soft terminals for non-critical voice and data communication via WLAN, WiMax, UMTS(3G) or LTE(4G) networks.
DANOBAT Railways specializes in supplying turnkey solutions for the construction and maintenance of rail vehicles and is using InnoTrans 2014 to provide details about the recent signing of three large contracts in Australia and India. The first of these projects involves the erection of a turnkey workshop for the repair and maintenance of bogies and wheelsets for railway freight cars. The second is for the supply of an automated wheelset maintenance line. Both of these projects are for freight cars operating between a mine and a port. In addition DANOBAT is cooperating with the Indian company Ircon on an automated assembly line for the manufacture of wheelsets for passenger trains. These projects have a total value of 103 million euros and set a new record for this exhibitor.
This year’s presentation at InnoTrans by DB Energie features the prototype of the new Tema-Box, due to come into service in 2015. The traction current box, which will be fitted to all electric locomotives, measures and relays details about current consumption, providing the basis for calculating traction current according to the cost-by-cause principle. The new metering box is equipped with a GPS receiver, so that not only the energy procurement but also the relevant location data can be registered. Unlike its predecessor, the new metering box can be used to on all European railway electrification systems, making cost calculations for cross-border traffic much simpler. Moreover, in future the data will be read by the metering control centre not solely by means of the pull process, because the new box is also capable of automatically transmitting readings at regular intervals, the push process. This improves the quality of the cost accounting. The new box will also comply with international specifications (UIC-Leaflet 930, TSI, EN 50463) that will take effect in 2017.
The modernization of an electrical multiple unit 423 operated by the Rhein-Main mass transit system (Frankfurt a.M.) is being displayed by the maintenance company DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung GmbH at InnoTrans. Almost the whole interior of the multiple units is removed and all the seat upholstery and headrests replaced. The paintwork on the interior cladding has also been reconditioned. On all the multiple units the multi-purpose compartment and access area have also been refitted. Closure warning lights, new acoustic warning signals that conform to TSI PRM, and sensor bars on the outside of the doors for the benefit of visually impaired people are among the new components. Some of the vehicles have been fitted with automatic passenger counters, with a counting sensor, central computing unit and facilities for transferring the data to a back office. Among the equipment for improved passenger information are new destination displays using the latest LED technology. Additional passenger information displays show the progress of the journey together with updated operating data in real time. 14 video cameras are installed in each multiple unit for enhanced security.
DB Station&Service AG is presenting its “Grüner Bahnhof” (Green Station) programme at InnoTrans. This combines sustainable construction with the latest equipment and high levels of passenger comfort. Through the use of various technologies such as photovoltaics, geothermal and solar heating, when in operation the station produces no CO2. DB Station&Service is also presenting the station of the future, Berlin Südkreuz, where Deutsche Bahn is using various projects, in association with various qualified partners, to test some innovative mobility, information and energy concepts. To an increasing extent the station of the future will generate its own electricity from renewable energy sources, in order to meet part of the energy requirements of the station building and of local electrically powered vehicles. Among the projects undergoing development are an intelligent electricity supply (Micro Smart Grid), which controls the generation and consumption in the most effective way possible, and an innovative navigation system for passengers.
DB Systel and DB Kommunikationstechnik are exhibiting at InnoTrans 2014 with a combination platform consists of Rail-in-Motion, a source of information for mobile staff, and the FASSI driving assistance system for energy-saving driving. Using a combination of an on-board unit and a tablet computer, multiple unit drivers can rapidly obtain comprehensive details to assist with their operational work. A wide range of background systems can serve not only as a source of information but also to provide details such as positional data. Reliability will also be increased in the future by making important functions available on the on-board unit and on a tablet. There are plans to expand the common platform to provide further support for train operations, for example for maintenance.
During Innotrans 2014 Dellner is pleased to introduce its latest innovation, SGX, Segmented Gangway ConneXion. This represents a new approach to gangway design offering an improved, safer and more comfortable passenger experience and attractive ownership costs for the operator. SGX provides a safe and comfortable passage between vehicles with more natural and intuitive movement during curves due to its innovative design. This encourages passengers to make most use of the space in the gangway.
Good aesthetics also complement the vehicle interior and exterior, and the low maintenance, long service life and ease of installation are other outstanding features of SGX. A range of internal configurations is available. Moreover, during the exhibition Dellner is displaying various elements of the Crash Management System adapted for the Russian market, to comply with GOST certification requirements. The products are adapted for operation at temperatures as low as -50oC and fulfil all the specifications of crash management demanded by that market (equivalent to EN 15227).
Deubad GmbH & Co. KG is a young company that specialises in supplying toilets and washrooms with safety handles for the disabled and the elderly. Until now it has mainly concentrated on care homes for the elderly, hospitals and senior citizens’ centres. More recently it has expanded to include toilets on trains. Based in Leonberg, this company is attending InnoTrans for the first time, where its exhibits include a range of retractable support handles. These are available either in stainless steel or aluminium, and are either epoxy powder coated or provided with a fine matt stainless steel finish. If sufficient quantities are ordered the powder coating is also available in a range of RAL colours to meet customers’ requirements. Deubad is already supplying a number of customers in Germany and abroad.
supplying Russian railways with innovative expertise since the beginning of this year, is featured with its own stand for the first time at InnoTrans. Representatives of the member companies are meeting with their Russian counterparts for technical discussions in a mock-up of the business compartment of the new Velaro RUS train, made by Siemens and known in Russia as the Sapsan. The planned signing of a memorandum with the Russian Federation of Railway Constructors at InnoTrans is intended to promote even more in-depth discussions. The eleven participants in the German Initiative for High Speed Transport (HGV) – Siemens, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bank, STRABAG, ETC Transport Consultants, PORR, Kapsch CarrierCom, Vössing, Vossloh, RAIL.ONE and Schüssler-Plan – have declared their intention of actively assisting the Russian rail company RZD in implementing the first HGV line from Moscow to Kasan.
DEWETRON now also offers its instruments as “open systems”, with an expanded range of software solutions. For the first time driver libraries are available for such graphic development tools as “NI LabVIEW” and ”DASYLab”, which are particularly popular for test and measurement applications. Text-based programming languages such as C# are also supported. In another new development, not only Microsoft Windows (32 and 64 Bit) but also a Linux driver are now available. As a result it is now even easier to incorporate DEWETRON measuring instruments or core elements such as the tried and tested analogue, insulated signal amplifier DAQP/HSI, ORION A/D cards or the latest generation of TRION™ modules in existing test bench environments and to also seamlessly integrate the software. The display at InnoTrans will feature the DEWE2-A4, part of the new range of instruments. This is a compact measuring instrument with a very bright 13-inch display, which can also be powered by a battery if required.
Now in service with DB AG: DR.SCHNELL Chemie, a supply of a full range of professional cleaning products throughout Europe, has developed a flushing additive, MILIZID flush & go, for use in enclosed WC installations (GWC). When injected into the water used to flush vacuum WCs, this product reduces the calcification of the nozzles and pipes and helps to prevent hard to remove deposits in WC bowls. This extends maintenance intervals and the action period of the GWC as well as reducing operating and maintenance costs. With every flush MILIZID flush & go also creates a pleasant scent in the WC. At InnoTrans 2014 this company, which is based in Munich, is also presenting its tried and tested graffiti removal system, recommended and approved by DB AG. The product, SC Gel, displays excellent adhesion to vertical surfaces, enabling it to produce an outstanding cleaning effect for longer. DR.SCHNELL Chemie, chosen as one of the top 3 for the German Sustainability Prize, manufactures highly effective products that are noted for their environmental, health and material-compatibility.
The new deZign system from dresden elektronik verkehrstechnik offers a combination of a brilliant display, very minimal power consumption and robust components, and the initial field trials have already been very encouraging. deZign stands for an electronic display that consumes no energy. It employs flexible plastic displays that are indestructible.
Content can be altered at the press of a button from a control centre, requiring very little energy, while the data display itself consumes no energy at all. The display system is available either with a plastic or stainless steel housing, with a choice of acrylic or compound safety glass. It has many different uses: as a digital timetable at bus and tram stops, to provide information signs at events or for carrying advertisements. The first digital timetables have been introduced as part of a pilot project with the Dresden municipal transport company, in order to test their robustness and weather resistant properties.
The new door-opening button and the series 57 alarm signal have now been supplemented by an indicator light from EAO, providing passengers with coloured, illuminated symbols or text for warning or information purposes. In rail vehicles the applications range from a door or WC status indicator to an emergency and alarm system. Each unit is provided with 20 LEDs to produce the colours red, yellow, green, blue or white. Combinations of red/yellow, red/green or blue/white are possible with the two-colour version. The large information display, measuring 57 mm, offers plenty of space for text or symbols that can also be easily identified from a considerable distance, even in direct sunlight. The new indicator lights are based on the same design as existing Series 57 products, and therefore offer a high level of protection, rated at IP 69k, as well as tool-less final assembly and outstanding illumination, thereby providing enhanced passenger safety and improved handling for manufacturers and operators.
SERCAM® Shock combines maintenance-free GPS/ GSM long-term localisation with numerous functions for the remote monitoring of railway wagons. Developed from SERCAM® Rail, this system not only provides for the exact documentation of running and idling times, but now enables precise measurements to be made of impact and vibration too. The built-in acceleration sensor provides data about the duration, intensity and direction if impacts, such as may be caused by violent braking. This enables accurate evidence to be obtained in the event of damage to the wagon or its freight. The small outdoor hardware unit requires neither cables nor an antenna and can be quickly and efficient attached by means of a powerful magnet. This means that it can be easily retrofitted, is suitable for any type of wagon, and does not require any complicated structural modification. Positional and vibration data are relayed via the mobile radio network to an internet application in order to provide transparent management and reporting.
Three new safety and monitoring solutions for rail and bus transport are being presented by the Portuguese company EFACEC on its stand in Hall 6.2 at InnoTrans 2014. Aegis is a train protection and signalling concept that conforms to the highest safety standards (SIL 4). It is light, of modular design, flexible and scalable, and is intended for urban light railways or trams or for rail services with lower occupancy rates. TimeKeeper provides digital monitoring of bus and tram fleets, providing passengers with arrival and departure information in real time. This enables maintenance intervals to be determined with greater accuracy. Xsafe is the latest version of the Efacec level crossing protection system. It also conforms to SIL 4 and is based on commercially available safety programme logical controllers.
The manufacturer of signalling equipment, Electrans, is using InnoTrans 2014 to introduce a tram signalling system that does not rely either on axle counters or track circuits. Instead the SIL-3 system uses secure, bi-directional radio frequency communication between the on-board tram equipment and beacons set into the track bed. This system is also compatible with the electromagnetic braking systems that are usually installed in trams. With this development this exhibitor provides a reliable method of tram detection that conforms to the safety integrity level 3. The system is due to be installed in the rubber wheeled trams in Medellin, Columbia, in 2015. Electrans is based in Barcelona and has been designing, installing and maintaining turnkey tram signalling systems since 2004.
At InnoTrans 2014 in Berlin the Italian company Eletech is presenting the PADIS automated diagnostic system for the pantographs used by electric and underground trains. This system assists with forward planning by automatically checking the pantograph for defects and wear. It does this by evaluating the most important characteristic parameters, which include, for example, the direction, wear on the contact strips, defects and the upward contact pressure. The PADIS 3D algorithm has been developed for this purpose and, using a three-dimensional model of the pantograph, it can issue warnings about defects within 60 seconds. With its high resolution the three-dimensional scanning system can detect cracks and other anomalies that would not be identifiable with a planar image. Various numerical parameters are compared with a reference model in order to carry out the evaluation.
The PRC water filling station from ENAG can automatically fill nickel-cadmium batteries with distilled water. Operator safety is guaranteed because the system is fully automated. It can not only fill all cells in one operation but also serves as a traditional element for filling lead batteries, using an adapted nozzle. It consists of a tank with a capacity of 70 l, a pumping system and solenoid valves that can be automatically coordinated by means of a control card, a graphic display, a 12 V DC battery and an HF charger. The batteries are charged using a 230 V mains connection. The graphic display can show the flow at any given time as well as the progress of the charge. The PRC water filling unit is also provided with a sensor to measure the water level in the main tank, and a filler switch to enable checks to be made for leaks.
As increasing demands are placed on the transport market the link between passenger information and ticketing is becoming even more important. EOS UPTRADE offers a range of the latest services aimed at making tomorrow’s mobility both complementary and intermodal. “FahrInfo” is a flexible travel planning solution which is available both as an app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone as well as a mobile web solution. It not only delivers the best possible transport connection results but also, with its integrated “TICKeos“ mobile ticketing facility, it allows the direct purchase of timetable-based tickets. It also enables alternative mobility options such as Car2Go, Europcar and MyTaxi to be accessed. The centralized “TICKeos” solution generates both UIC and VDV-KA barcodes, and can be seamlessly integrated in third party systems and apps, as well as being incorporated in Corporate Design if required. With “TICKeos” this exhibitor can offer a flexible booking and ticketing system that is capable of far more than just creating tickets. With the latest online solutions and portals customers can now manage season ticket and contract data themselves.
The era-transceiver® permits reliable Ethernet transmission via optical line-of-sight connections designed especially for railway applications. The great advantage of this system is its electrical isolation between both terminals of the transmission link. This kind of transmission creates a secure connection that remains unaffected by mechanical vibration and electromagnetic interference impulses, thus ensuring high availability. As a result, the era-transceiver® is suitable for transmission of multimedia information with large data volumes and process-related bus signals such as are required for PA, PIS, CCTV, COMMS, PLD and TCMS systems. The different models of the era-transceiver® family are available with a variety of physical and optical interfaces and operate at transmission rates of 100 Mbit/s and 1 Gbit/s. Currently, era-contact is developing the next device generation which will achieve 10 Gbit/s to meet future demands for even higher transmission rates.
One of the exhibits on the EURO-SHELTER stand at InnoTrans 2014 is making its international debut: a new, three-dimensional, thermoplastic sandwich panel. Among its main advantages is the fact that the panels are both rigid and light. They can be manufactured either in structured or in non-developable, complex forms, thereby providing industrial designers with new opportunities. The sandwich panels are made from an aluminium honeycomb, with two thermoformed thermoplastic skins. The maximum available size is 3 x 1.5 m, and possible uses include vehicle body parts, external and internal fittings and street furniture. The developers’ remit was to provide customers with structural and non-developable, shaped sandwich elements at competitive prices. As the exhibitor points out, this innovation extends the boundaries of conventional technologies in terms of both shape and weight.
At Innotrans 2014 EVRAZ is premiering the HH370 – head-hardened super durable rails with improved wear resistance and a longer contact fatigue life. These rails can be used for heavyweight traffic with loads of up to 30 tons load-force per axle and in curves with a radius of 600 meters and smaller. Over the past two years EVRAZ has been undertaking a large-scale modernization of the rail mill at its West Siberian metallurgical plant, using new technology to improve rail durability while reducing railway maintenance costs and ensuring improved safety and higher speeds. EVRAZ is the only Russian producer of head-hardened rails with length of up to 100 meters. The first batch of 100-meter head-hardened rails was delivered to Russian State Railways RZD in May, 2014 for use on the Oktyabrskaya Railroad in the north-west of the country.
F.S.P. GmbH from Emmerich is exhibiting its new packaging solution for the first time at InnoTrans 2014: SNACK-NAPKIN, which can be individually printed. This is a special kind of serviette which can also be used as packaging for the food item, and also to wipe one’s face with afterwards. It enables the operators of snack bars to offer food such as pretzels, sandwiches and filled rolls in a more individualised format. SNACK-NAPKINS are made from a high quality Airlaid material, which is produced in dry form from cellulose and a binding agent using a special compressed air process. The material is available in the densities of 50, 60 or 70 g/m². The size of the SNACK-NAPKINS can be adapted to meet individual requirements, examples being 400 x 400 mm or 300 x 400 mm. They can be printed using the Flexo process, in up to four colours.
Faiveley Transport is showcasing a range of new products at InnoTrans 2014. These include the Parklock® braking concept, offering twice the force in half the space, as well as the new generation of axle-mounted brake discs - Neoflexx®. In the Access & Mobility section this French exhibitor will be exhibiting a full size mock-up of a new compact sliding plug door operator for the first time, as well as a newly patented platform gate solution that offers higher levels of safety and aesthetics. In the Energy & Comfort section the display features an innovative, electronically controlled pressure protection device for air conditioning units. Faiveley Transport Services expertise will also be on show with a new electrically actuated door cylinder that has been developed for easy conversion of pneumatic doors to electric operation, thereby providing increased reliability
The ThermiCam from FLIR Systems is a heat sensor camera with a built-in detector to identify and count cyclists and vehicles using crossings equipped with signals. The heat sensitive images are used to identify vehicles and cyclists approaching and in proximity to halt lines, and in this way providing for the dynamic operation of the traffic signals. The ThermiCam is installed in the same housing as the well known TrafiCam and TrafiCam X-Video-Stream sensors, which are in use around the world. The main difference lies in the heart of the camera: The ThermiCam uses a heat sensitive camera instead of a standard camera operating in the visible light range. The intelligent ThermiCam sensor registers data and transmits it via a direct connection or an IP to the signal control unit, thereby providing for a more dynamic activation of the red or green phases. One of its main advantages is that, unlike standard CCTV video cameras, the ThermiCam can identify oncoming bicycles and cars from a considerable distance, even in the middle of the night.
FOGTEC Rail Systems, a division of the Cologne-based company FOGTEC Brandschutz GmbH, is exhibiting at InnoTrans 2014 with the first fire safety components that can be installed flush with the ceiling in passenger compartments, and have already been approved for railway use. FOGTEC engineers have succeeded in designing components such as smoke alarms and high pressure jets for spraying a fine mist. These can be fully retracted into the false ceiling. The exposed surface of these components can be made in the same colour and using materials of the same quality as the ceiling panels, making them virtually indistinguishable from the ceiling. One of the main aims was to match the accustomed standards of reliability, availability and ease of maintenance of the system and to dispense with any movable parts that could adversely affect these properties. In addition to these world firsts, the FOGTEC stand in Hall 5.2 also features the newly developed 3000+ range of fire alarms as well as the patented, fully automated maintenance system for use with pipe networks and valves.
Forbo Flooring Systems is presenting a selection of its current range at InnoTrans 2014. Based in the UK, this company offers a complete portfolio of floor coverings for the rail industry. These include entrance and resilient flooring such as linoleum and safety vinyl, flocked flooring and carpets as well as low emission adhesives, accessories, installation tools and training. The latest product in this range is R10-R12 safety vinyl, which has been approved in accordance with DIN 5510-2:2009. The exhibitor reports that the latest studies show that, through a combination of easy installation, maintenance and repair and very long product life, Marmoleum FR floor covering has the lowest life cycle costs of any resilient floor coverings. 95 per cent of the raw materials used are natural in origin, and 43 per cent utilize recycled materials. All the products are manufactured in Europe.
FORTAL has gained many years of experience in the metallurgical sector, with steel and aluminium, and during this time it has become one of the leading manufacturers of secure height access systems in France. This exhibitor is in Hall B at InnoTrans 2014 where it is presenting its portfolio of new stepladders, maintenance platforms, access gateways and mobile platforms. As well as one-off equipment FORTAL can also provide its customers with turnkey solutions including subassemblies such as height and width-dependent control systems, operated by a motor or manually, as well as hydraulically or pneumatically. Based on detailed quotations with three-dimensional designs, systems can be manufactured to meet specific customer requirements. Maintenance and after-sales service are also provided.
In rail freight transport it is important to ensure the safe carriage of all kinds of goods. It is therefore essential to regularly check brakes, wheel bearings and the mileage of the rolling stock. The project entitled “Energy-self sufficient sensor systems for monitoring the condition of freight cars (ESZüG)” is a new development and is intended to implement the automated and energy-self sufficient planning of maintenance work. This system has been designed to assist with the maintenance of rail freight transport, making it safer and more efficient. Because freight trains do not have their own on board power supply it will be necessary to develop energy-self sufficient sensoring systems, which will involve some innovative technology. The challenge is to develop a system that is particularly energy-saving and robust. Researchers at Fraunhofer LBF are engaged in developing the methodology for such energy-self sufficient monitoring systems. They are making records of the operating status during the journey, characterizing energy sources and developing individual, realistic algorithms for the various demands imposed on freight transport.
Camera-based systems are in widespread use nowadays to determine the condition of railway infrastructure. However, the disadvantages of such systems are their dependence on ambient light or artificial lighting, the effort involved in processing and evaluating the data, and the large storage capacity required by the images. The Rail Track Scanner RTS from Fraunhofer IPM represents the first use of a laser scanner for obtaining geometric readings of rails, railheads, sleepers and the track bed. The track is scanned by a laser operating at right angles to the forward motion of the surveying vehicle and using a rotating polygonal mirror. A total of 800 profiles and one million readings per second create a highly detailed image of the rail infrastructure. This enables the scanner to register topographical structures with a measurement uncertainty of less than a millimetre. The first use of the RTS anywhere in the world is by the Swiss provider of mobile mapping services iNovitas for the metrological assessment of narrow gauge track.
A new range of mobile devices that can access the GSM-R network is being exhibited for the first time at InnoTrans by Funkwerk. The flocX® is a mobile GSM-R modem that can be connected to any Android® Smartphone via Bluetooth. It provides access to the GSM-R network for all state of the art smartphone devices. It makes various applications such as data transfer and voice communication possible. A second product from this exhibitor is making its international debut at this trade show: the first GSM-R cab radio that is also designed to use an LTE-based connection. The LTE connection is available both for voice services and for video streaming to and from the cab radio. This is particularly useful for the mission-critical communication needed to meet operational requirements such as supplementary services for railway operators and support staff. The LTE interface is implemented using an additional radio module providing an extensive bandwidth and full IP network links.
Germany’s Federal Railways Agency has granted certification for the “ROTRAC RR2044” and “ROTRAC RR2444” dual mode shunters (for pulling loads of up to 2,000 t and 2400 t respectively,) in accordance with § 32 Section 1 EBO. This provides the basis for meeting the specific national requirements for all European railways, thereby enabling the relevant certification to be obtained. The manufacturer states that both of these ROTRAC RR vehicles are the only dual mode shunters in their category to receive such approval, and consequently they also satisfy the safety requirements of Deutsche Bahn AG. Another new development from Zwiehoff is its electric shunter, the ROTRAC E4, with a braking system and electric power unit from Linde. An extremely agile shunter for pulling loads of up to 500 t, this is the ideal choice for emission-free use, especially in halls and other enclosed spaces. Another highlight at the fair is the new dual mode UNIMOG with an exhaust system that meets the Euro6 standard. For shunting purposes it is equipped with a freight car braking system from Knorr.
A new information display solution, developed as the result of a partnership between GDS and E-Ink - the creator of electrophoretic ink – can be seen at Innotrans 2014. This back-to-back display system can be installed both as a way-finder and as a timetable, in railway and bus stations. The product consists of two 32 inch displays with E-Ink technology, one a black-and-white module, the other using the latest E-Ink panel in a colour version. This innovative solution derives from an optical component of a film used in Electronic Paper Displays, commonly referred to as "bistable" , which means that the image is retained even when all power sources are removed. Consequently the display only consumes power when the content changes. The display system does not require any cables, either for the transmission of data or for the power supply, being equipped with a wi-fi system and a built-in solar panel.
Scientists and engineers are working together in the eleven institutes that make up the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) with the aim of making the railways more competitive. Their efforts are focused on developing concepts for the next generation of trains and on improving the rail transport management system. The displays by the DLR at InnoTrans 2014, using a model of the NGT LINK commuter train, are intended to demonstrate the controller-supported guidance system used in a new kind of mechatronic, single-wheel chassis, crash elements and a power supply that is not dependent on contact wires. In the process of developing an infrastructural management system for the future DLR is demonstrating the progress being achieved in status-oriented maintenance with the aid of intelligent data analysis methods. One of the other exhibits on the stand is FaBKon, an interactive configuration tool for the dispatcher workstation of the future. DLR is also drawing attention to noise research in rail transport, focusing on its causes, propagation and effects.
RailConnect 360 software from GE Transportation can provide automated performance diagnostics as a means of analyzing transport performance and avoiding malfunctions and breakdowns. It supplies rail network operators with data to assist them in improving the reliability and availability of their installations and networks. This software also helps to improve processes and reduce life cycle costs. Big data and extended analysis functions based on this data also contribute to enhanced performance because inefficiencies in the system can result in increased running costs for railways, which can quickly mount up. With the right data and analyses it is also possible to cut fuel costs and reduce downtimes to a minimum. The use of real time planning algorithms can optimise routing decisions, leading to greater efficiency and offering customers substantial savings too.
Getzner Werkstoffe is making the subject of anti-vibrations systems one that can be easily experienced at InnoTrans 2014. This exhibitor’s solutions can be found in inner-cities as well as on high speed track and in buildings. Based in Vorarlberger, in its display at the trade show this company is presenting new findings relating to three selected products: highly elastic, long-lasting sleeper pads, the embedded rail system that has been nominated for the Austrian State Prize for Innovation in 2014, and a solution that meets the most exacting anti-vibration requirements, the mass spring system. The display on the stand at this trade show demonstrates all the effects that can be produced as a result of vibration, and how the materials used by Getzner can insulate against them. Visitors can experience this in several ways. Every 30 minutes a virtual train passes by the stand. A model is also being used to provide an interactive experience of the forces exerted by vibration, and to demonstrate vibration hotspots.
The GILLAM-FEi-IDC20K from the Liege-based Belgian company is a portable device for testing switchgear. With its compact design it can also be used in confined spaces and in switchgear that is difficult to access. The GILLAM-FEi-IDC20K enables users to test all kinds of circuit breakers and safety switches. It is ideal for use with high currents with specific waveforms and for short circuit testing of switchgear and protective relays in the range 600 V to 3 kV DC, as used for railway power supply systems. It produces a primary current injection of up to 20,000 A (2,500 A per module) with a low voltage of 7.5 V. The programmable transient waveforms make it suitable for overcurrent testing and for testing complex, time-dependent fault conditions such as distant short circuits.
Global environmental requirements call for substantial investment in trams as an effectively functioning mass transit system for mega-cities. The GMEINDER GETRIEBE GROUP has already achieved considerable commercial success with its tram gearboxes. The newly developed wheelset gearboxes are designed for low vibration operation and to save space, and their high levels of efficiency give them a competitive edge. GMEINDER wheelset gearboxes form part of the drive train in 100 per cent low floor trams. The traction system, consisting of two mechanically linked electric motors with two gearboxes, is connected to the bogie frame by means of four elastic supporting elements. The drive train is designed for a wheel load of 5 t, a starting torque of 595 Nm, a driving torque of 1,086 Nm and a maximum speed of 75 kph. The traction system has interfaces for brake calipers, brake discs, bogie cladding, speed sensors and the bogie frame.
Precise measurement of longitudinal rail profiles has now become much easier. TheAppGuys is a company that has developed an app specifically designed to meet the requirements of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group. In conjunction with any Android device it can be used to operate RAILSTRAIGHT equipment for the precise, on-site determination of the straightness of rails and for measuring indentations. TheAppGuys and experts at GTG collaborated closely with the users of the products in order to develop the RAILSTRAIGHT app. The end result ideally meets the practical requirements of users and enables evaluations to be conducted in accordance with international standards. As well as facilitating the control of RAILSTRAIGHT precision measuring equipment, this app also enables rail temperature readings to be taken using an external Bluetooth measuring device. All the readings are displayed in the form of interactive graphics. They can then be comprehensively evaluated and are automatically available as a protocol in the pdf format for dispatch via email. The RAILSTRAIGHT app has been awarded the IT Prize for Innovation and has been rated “BEST OF 2014”.
Grupos Diferenciales specialises in the production of bevel gears of maximum quality and precision. The company will be showing its new product range at InnoTrans 2014. This includes gear wheels with diameters up to 1,250 mm and produced using hard-finishing processes. The gears can be made using HPG and grinding processes, both of these being hard-metal machining processes that provide tremendous advantages, including in particular higher precision and strength of the gear teeth. The Spanish manufacturer also produces a wide range of straight bevel gears and differential transmissions. Some of the company’s highlights from this sector are also being shown at InnoTrans and include ground gears for locomotives, trams and high-speed trains.
GSP Sprachtechnologie GmbH is using InnoTrans 2014 to introduce its mobile intercom system for train conductors for the first time. A link to the on-board WLAN, together with an interface to the electro-acoustic installation’s IP system and the passenger intercom system enables the conductor to deal with spoken requests by passengers from any position on the train, and to use the mobile device to make announcements. One of the highlights of the display is the link to the built-in, on-board video security system. A spoken request automatically activates a camera located at the intercom point, and the image taken by the camera is then displayed on the mobile conductor’s intercom device. This exhibitor is also presenting its latest network camera, which has a resolution of up to 3 MP. The KCI13-IP is intended to meet future video monitoring requirements. Its advantages include a PoE supply and a standardized ethernet interface.
A new type of safety system for automatic doors on public transport vehicles has been developed by Gummi-Welz GmbH & Co. KG of Neu-Ulm. It incorporates a fully automated light grid that cannot be seen from outside the vehicle, together with an electrical contact strip which is built into the finger protection profile of the door system. The light grid is a SITRANS alpha® S1-Rail from SITRON, which has been successfully used for many years, having already been installed over 35,000 times. The system is an approved safety device for use in rail vehicles and can even identify the smallest objects. It compensates automatically for any re-adjustments or for dirt or stains, is not affected by other sources of light, and automatically regulates its sensitivity level. It thus conforms to the requirements laid down in VDV 111/ prEN14752 for contactless anti-trap protection and for identifying when small objects are trapped. It complies in every respect with the specifications laid down by the Federal Railways Office.
Wearables, especially smartwatches, are on the rise and provide great potential for supplying mobile travel information. In addition to displaying timetable information, HAFAS also provides ticketing and navigation for the new devices.
With integrated mobile ticketing, door-to-door navigation and comprehensive travel assistance services, HaCon has developed useful functions that offer added value to travellers. Push services, for instance, give essential details and updates on the journey as well as transfer times, complete with real-time data. The HaCon team at InnoTrans is also showcasing numerous exciting features that guarantee continuous, multimodal and barrier-free routing for public transport. This year the Train Planning System TPS reveals many improvements that will boost comfort and efficiency for route planners. HaCon consultants are also presenting their current EU projects SPIDER PLUS and ViWaS.
“Hedkote” is a welding method that has been developed by the Australian company Hardface Technologies, acting in collaboration with heavy freight operators running some of the world’s highest axle loads and annual tonnages. Hedkote can be used not only to remove rail defects and wear but also to hardface rail components in order to make them more resistant to wear. This method enables worn points and crossings to be refurbished and also eliminates rail defects such as wheel burns, squats and cracks, at a fraction of the cost of replacement. This technology comes with guarantees of up to five years and has been proven on railways with axle loads of 32 t. Hedkote can be used for steel, manganese and chrome vanadium and for all types of rails, as well as for hardfacing new rails prior to installation, resulting in much longer life for the components.
HAUGG Group has developed special panels for cooling batteries, power converters and other electronic components such as power electronics. The cooling of electronic components is particularly important on electric and hybrid locomotives, because their performance is directly dependent on the operating temperature. The cooling panels maintain the power electronics within the optimum temperature range. A new, patented design enables uniform surface temperatures with a maximum temperature spread of 1 K in the area around the contact surfaces to be achieved. This extremely uniform temperature distribution is attained without adversely affecting transferable maximum heat output or causing a loss in coolant pressure. Two models are currently available: soldered and welded panels, which can be flexibly adjusted to the chassis. Both models provide uniform temperature distribution with only a minimal loss of pressure in the coolant.
Herbert Gehrisch Elektrotechnik is showing a new measuring unit for determining the distance between the inner faces of railway wheels, i. e. the actual dimensions of tram and train axles. The measuring range extends from 1,355 mm to 1,365 mm, but units for other track gauges are also available. The system is made of a carbon-fibre composite material and aluminium. A temperature sensor has been integrated into the unit in order to optimise measurement accuracy over the entire operating temperature range of -10 °C to +50 °C. This compensates for temperature-dependent length variations.
Another world-first being shown by this company at InnoTrans is a novel railway wheel gauge. This is a rugged, easy-to-use device that can be operated by a single person. The mechanical feeler is mounted on the wheel by means of magnets, permitting unambiguous and fast measurement of wear parameters in less than a minute. Parameters that can be measured include qR (cross-dimensions), Sh (wheel flange height) and Sd (wheel flange thickness). As an option, the wheel rim width L including rolling lap S1 can also be measured.
The cable-less, hand-held Leica B measuring sensor from Hexagon Metrology is the ideal introduction to mobile metrology and augments the applications available with the Leica Absolute Tracker AT402. The Leica B sensor has been developed for testing aligning and assembling large objects for measurement, including rail freight cars, construction and special purpose vehicles and agricultural machinery. The Leica B sensor operates within a radius of 10 m around the AT402 with a constant accuracy of ± 0.2 mm throughout the entire range. The new measuring sensor has superior performance and flexibility compared with similar systems using a fixed base station. Weighing 190 g, the B sensor has been certified in accordance with IP50 and is powered by two micro batteries (AAA) – making it the ideal addition to the ultra-compact, user-friendly system design of the AT402. Using the Move Station method the range of this system can be easily increased several times over without noticeably affecting its precision.
Control systems for the railways can be subjected to extreme temperatures. HIMatrix safety control systems from HIMA are now available with extended temperature ranges in the TX category (-40 to +85 degrees Celsius). The compact control systems, remote I/Os and F60 modular system have been climatically tested in accordance with EN 50125-3 and EN 50155 and are suitable for railway use. Previously the control devices were available for the temperature category of T1 (-25 to +70 degrees Celsius). Resistance to extreme temperatures helps to reduce the costs involved in providing air conditioning for switchgear cabinets, especially in very cold and very hot regions. Products from HIMA satisfy the requirements of DIN EN 61373 Category 1 Class B. Not only the HIMatrix but also the fully redundant HIMax system have been granted certification by TÜV SÜD for use at the highest safety level SIL 4 as specified by CENELEC. Safety solutions from HIMA are ideal for signal boxes, rail crossings, rolling stock and energy supplies.
The latest technology in road/rail flash-butt welding machines, designed to meet current track construction requirements, is found in the All-Terrain MobileWelder (ATMW) from Holland. Mounted on an excavator base, the ATMW is designed to convert from road-to-rail quickly and gain track access from smaller crossings and level access locations, provide increased mobility on track, reach and work on adjacent tracks, work from alongside of the track, and work within track/tunnel clearance envelopes. Equipped with the latest advanced welding machines, quality control software, diagnostic tools, hi-rail designs, stability controls and more; the ATMW has proven to be a successful piece of track maintenance equipment serving railways in the UK, Asia, Australia and the USA in applications ranging from heavy-haul to metros.
The new articulated carriage connector from Hübner provides passengers with a safe and comfortable link between the carriages. It consists of bridging plates mounted on each carriage, and a central step plate. A scissor-type action ensures that, whatever the movement occurring between the carriages, these plates are kept together and centred. The new rollable side wall produces a less pronounced narrowing of the clearance between the carriages, and therefore provides more room and reduced weight. With this version too an individual choice of colours is available, and paint or decorative film can also be applied. The new generation of articulated trams with shaped sheet metal offers reduced weight and the ability to cope with heavier loads. The upper sections of the articulation have proved effective for many years and have mainly been made of castings. In cooperation with a transport operator, Hübner has developed and installed a retrofittable driver’s cab partition for type NGT6C trams, in response to specific customer requirements.
The fully automated rail forging system from Hydraulico forges rail ends almost to their final shape, because additional milling and other post-forging operations are reduced to a minimum. This improves the efficiency of the entire process. The system can handle four to eight rails per hour, and it eliminates 75 per cent of the manpower requirements as well as 65 per cent of the milling work. It does away with the need for heat treatment altogether, and only the railhead and underside of the rail need to be processed. In total, manufacturing with this system only uses 50 per cent of the normal energy requirements. The Hydraulico rail forging system is already being used successfully in the EU, China, India and the CIS states, according to this Danish exhibitor.
IBC Wälzlager GmbH already supplies an extensive and diverse range of linear roller bearings and telescopic guides for use in railway engineering, and this programme has now been expanded to meet its customers’ new requirements. The product range now includes new door opening systems, access steps, battery removal systems, cabinets housing electronic equipment and interior equipment. Roller units designed for specific applications are another new product. They can be used in door-opening systems and also for telescopic mountings for electronic units, which have to be latched in various positions for servicing purposes. This exhibitor also supplies sectionalised telescopic fittings for use in housings with restricted access, and these devices comply with all technical safety requirements. Among the outstanding features of the linear roller bearings and telescopic guides from IBC are their durability, simple operation and efficiency.
Ikusi is offering a Web tool for monitoring, quality control and supervision using data storage, analysis, display and utilisation technologies. This allows public transport operators to measure quality parameters and make decisions on the basis of the collected data and defined key figures to ensure compliance with quality targets or to determine the extent to which these have been fulfilled. By processing the data and conducting extensive analyses, the tool helps to achieve greater efficiency and more flexibility, comfort and safety for users and operators of public transport networks. All in all, the tool contributes to achieving tangible quality improvement and better values for key system-quality parameters. Ikusi has now added ticket barriers to its product range. These rugged, modular and adaptable units are equipped with remote control and supervision features and help to reduce fraudulent use of transportation services.
Because infrastructure projects involve the participation of different companies, a common management system is needed. That is the task of SIOS, which has been set up to develop a purely technical software solution for managing and updating the large volume of information generated on a daily basis. According to this exhibitor this system satisfies the prerequisites for the establishment of a standardised methodology and a common workspace for all tasks. Although SIOS (Information Systems for Underground Works) is being applied to major high-speed infrastructure projects, it is currently also in use in other transport projects. Furthermore, under the name SIOS Maintenance, SIOS has developed a monitoring tool for the integrated management of railway infrastructure and superstructure maintenance. The use of SIOS has extended to Spain’s major high-speed railway projects, monitoring over 120 structures and 50 tunnels. It is also being introduced in international projects across the world.
The signal mast with its built-in service lift enables servicing engineers to access the desired working height rapidly, safely and comfortably by means of an electro-hydraulic work platform. It eliminates the need for aerial platforms or climbing, provides enhanced comfort and safety, and ensures that statutory requirements are complied with. The potential cost savings are so great that a return on investment can be achieved during the first year. Calculations have shown that per year, for each mast, savings of up to 5,000 euros are possible. The energy-flow simulation (EFS) reliably and accurately calculates the energy distribution in catenary systems. Over a specific period data such as load flow can be calculated from the substation to the entire catenary system, all the way to movable and dynamic trains/buses. This system can be used to identify weaknesses, critical incidents, losses and potential savings and to organize traffic sustainably, thereby enabling users to save energy, money and time.
With its new software products, zenon and straton, on display at InnoTrans 2014, COPA-DATA is presenting solutions for the reliable monitoring and ergonomic control of railway substations and tunnel infrastructure and for the efficient supply of energy and various media. Safety Integrity Level conformity (SIL 2) enables the operators of infrastructure to guarantee the safety and integrity of their systems and to implement all necessary safety functions. With levels 1 to 4 SIL indicates the extent to which safety is guaranteed and safety functions have been satisfied, as a function of the potential risks and hazards emanating from the various systems, items of equipment and processes. The standard IEC 61805 forms the basis for the specifications, design and operation of safety systems. COPA-DATA has the necessary expertise to set up processes and systems in conformity with SIL 2, thereby supporting its customers in obtaining SIL certification for their equipment and installations.
The Rhino 62X from the Spanish company IMF combines the characteristics of a continuous tamping machine and a dynamic track stabilizer. The additional lifting and aligning units interact with the stabilizing and compacting unit, which exerts a vertically oscillating pressure of between 15 and 40 t. The machine analyzes the geometry and the vertical load in real time. This enables the track to be positioned with greater precision and more durably. With the Rhino 62X track can be levelled and aligned without having to be lifted. Lifting is only necessary at low points on the track, i.e. where levelling is not possible. The tamping unit only vibrates during the penetration and closing cycle, and both the frequency and amplitude of the vibrations are freely adjustable.
The iPhone app ÖPNVlive from INIT enables users of public transport to access information in real time, with a choice of nearby stops and details about the next departures from any of these stops. The required stop can be selected from a list of stops, a map display or from one’s own list of favourites. MOBILE-ECO2 is the name of a platform that has been developed by ENIT for vehicle health monitoring and driving/driver behaviour. It shows how well economy and ecology can be combined with one another. The Android app MOBILEmodi, a helpful expansion of the Intermodal Transport Control System (ITCS), has been designed to meet the information needs of people on the move and is intended especially for tablets. This mobile scheduling and information tool is accessible not only in the control room but on Android devices too.
Inndes, a specialist Italian supplier of machinery and equipment for rolling stock maintenance, is presenting its latest bearing maintenance unit at InnoTrans 2014. TBU/ bearing replacement at specified intervals is prescribed by manufacturers to ensure the safety of rail vehicles. Reconditioned bearings are permitted, provided that the revision process has been certified. Inndes provides the technical expertise to comply with the requirements of TBU manufacturers. This exhibitor offers a versatile range of equipment to fit different TBU models and shapes. Inndes has also acquired a good reputation with its wheel puller press, a special universal machine for removing wheels from the axle. It is supplied complete with a high pressure SKF pump, which enables the machine to be raised on a platform and turned. Two types of platform are available, and the dimensions and structure are designed to provide the highest levels of safety and maximum productivity.
The display by Intecs at InnoTrans 2014 features the Sirio LX, an automated system for preventing collisions between trains and obstacles on the track at level crossings. It uses short range, high-resolution radar to detect obstacles and warns approaching trains via the existing signalling system or wireless communication. Monitoring of the crossing commences as soon as the barriers or similar devices are closed in advance of an approaching train. Any objects which are within this area at the time are immediately reported to the signalling system. Typical objects include vehicles or items which have fallen from passing vehicles. The radar is capable of detecting objects as small as a sphere with a diameter of 60 cm without triggering false alarms.
Intersys, part of the Production Group, has ten years of experience in the development and manufacture of LED lighting systems for use in the manufacture and refurbishment of rail vehicles. At InnoTrans 2014 this Italian exhibitor is presenting its new remote phosphor LEDs, which have also been specially developed for use in rail vehicles. The range covers LED strips, spots, tubes and step lights. This new solution has several advantages over direct phosphor converted LED technology, because the lights have a smaller diameter, weigh less and, due to their reduced size, they harmonize more effectively with interiors, both functionally and aesthetically. LEDs also have a wider emission angle, but the intensity, colour and diffusion remain constant. Glare is minimized and there are no hot spots. All these LEDs conform to European railway standards and are dimmable.
Invertag AG has attended InnoTrans several times as an exhibitor, but as part of a combined display. This year the Swiss company has its own stand at the fair for the first time, where it is presenting its innovative display solutions for use in public transport, featuring in particular a new generation of monitors. These products incorporate the latest technical developments and offer outstanding performance. With its many years of experience and extensive knowledge of specific requirements, especially in the mechanical field, this exhibitor has been able to significantly reduce the weight of its equipment. The critical temperature response has also been noticeably improved through the use of very energy-efficient components in challenging environments. In addition to the standard 16:9 and 16:10 formats Invertag also manufactures and supplies stretched displays in formats that have been specified by its customers.
ISRINGHAUSEN is presenting the E version of its innovative NTS2 series of seats at InnoTrans 2014. This latest generation of seats, the E model, features not only new designs but also sets new standards in terms of ergonomics, safety and comfort. These seats are available in Comfort, Premium and NTS2 E versions. In addition to an improved range of functions they can support heavier weights and have multi-zone upholstery to provide the best possible support. The NTS2 E model is based on the Premium configuration and has electronically controlled seat adjustment with a built in memory function, and is also available with an optional card reader. The electrically operated seat functions actively assist the driver in his work processes by enabling the position of the seat to be easily and rapidly adjusted. The E versions are particularly suitable for use in advanced electric buses.
The light rail operating company Istanbul Ulasim, based in Istanbul, has developed a new approach for the procurement of rolling stock. Experience gained from operation and maintenance is incorporated directly in the product definition, and in the development and design of new rolling stock. Compared with conventional purchasing methods the procurement model that has been developed in this case offers a number of advantages such as reduced initial purchase and life cycle costs, improved quality and more comfortable vehicles, a uniform picture of the fleet and flexible delivery conditions. This has enabled a new generation of lightweight rolling stock to be designed, developed and ordered. They can be used as light rail trains or metros and, with their excellent reliability, safety, economy and modern design, they conform to European standards. These vehicles can be operated bi-directionally at speeds of up to 80 km/h and are equipped with a video surveillance system.
SimulationX is a multiphysical system simulation platform for the virtual product development of mechatronic systems. Based on the descriptive language Modelica and a network-oriented modelling approach, this software is used to support drafting, analysis and optimisation processes in the early stages of rail vehicle development. With preconfigured model libraries and easy-to-use interfaces, SimulationX provides for intuitive and flexible working in various development environments, embedded in existing tool chains. In the rail vehicle sector the emphasis is on driving dynamics, with propulsion, braking and suspension systems, as well as on programs for improving efficiency and reducing emissions. Current areas of development work where SimulationX makes a significant contribution are concentrated on hybrid propulsion units and regenerative solutions with improved management of auxiliary units such as motor cooling, air conditioning, the supply of compressed air and on-board power.
IVU.rail is an integrated planning and scheduling system for rail transport and it now offers a multi-day cycle optimization which has been designed specifically to meet the requirements of the railways. It enables train compositions to be planned and managed with great precision. The Android app IVU.fleet.app is a new development for the mobile supervision of mass transit operations. It shows incoming radio messages and malfunction information, is provided with an up to date list of connections, and a map showing the position of vehicles and stops. Workforce and E-ticketing are also areas where new developments have taken place. IVU.workforce is designed specifically to meet the requirements of the transport and logistics market. It provides for itinerary planning and enables field workers to view details about orders from any location, and to carry out audit-proof processing. The proven ticketing modules in the IVU.suite (IVU.fare, IVU.ticket, IVU.ticket.box and IVU.validator) now support the international E-ticketing standard Calypso.
By cutting down the vast numbers of vehicles on the roads, with repeated starting and stopping, JPods reduce the costs per kilometer for vehicles from 0.56 to 0.04 US dollars. In addition to such impressive levels of efficiency, transport allocation using JPods prevents congestion and accidents. Passengers and freight are transported non-stop from their point of origin to their destination in ultra-light, robotic pod cars. This form of transport, suspended beneath an overhead rail structure, is cleaner, safer, faster and more affordable. The solar collectors mounted above the rails harvest enough electricity each day for the vehicles to cover more than 25,000 kilometers. The energy independence of this system ensures that it is not affected by energy supply shocks. JPods is creating networks with privately financed materials. Local Mobility Companies (LMCs) will be financed by service capital and will then acquire the completed networks.
Tests by the Swiss Quinel Institute have emphatically confirmed that the JUMO screw-in resistance thermometer, fitted with a bayonet connector, is capable of meeting the most demanding conditions in the field of railway engineering. The 902815 model has been tested in accordance with the railway standard EN 50 155 and has been granted the institute’s Environmental Testing Certificate without any problems. Compliance with this standard ensures, for example, that equipment can be used in an ambient temperature range of -50 to +85 degrees Celsius. In tests conducted in the exhibitor’s own company laboratory a mechanical switching procedure was carried out on ten built-in EM series temperature-regulating thermostats with a switching power of 24 V/ 0.1 A. The aim was to determine the working life of the thermostat at an average number of switching operations per minute. The astonishing result was that after 5.3 million cycles not one thermostat failed.
Kaco new energy is presenting the latest version of its LGI6501 three phase charging rectifier at InnoTrans 2014. Batteries in rail vehicles can be charged from various sources, depending on AC network availability. For example a single or three phase land-based source may be used, or a three phase “onboard” auxiliary power unit. An efficiently regulated LGI6501 provides a charge of up to 3.3 kW with a single phase supply network, and up to 6.5 kW with a three phase supply. An active performance factor correction (PFC) ensures a sine-wave power input in both operating states. Correct charging of the battery set is ensured by means of a temperature-controlled charge characteristic. This year Kaco new energy celebrates its 100th anniversary. Using the slogan “We turn passion into energy”, the company has become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of rectifiers, and is now represented in 17 countries, with a workforce of 850.
The new converged OAM platform from Kapsch CarrierCom makes applications available via a highly secure private cloud for the operation, administration and maintenance (OAM) of railway radio networks. The need for many of the physical servers can be eliminated through virtualisation. The duplicated design of all the infrastructural, system-relevant elements within the platform make it extremely robust and failure-resistant, ensuring that all the important functionalities are always available. In addition to improved cost efficiencies, in particular the fact that the entire network can be controlled and monitored through a central interface, is another major advantage. OAM tools from Kapsch CarrierCom have been designed specifically for railway operators and can be deployed in all the usual operational management activities. Tools from outside suppliers can also be integrated in the cloud service, thereby making this a worthwhile long-term investment.
The tipper for delivering and removing bulk materials to and from railway construction sites consists of a supporting frame whose dimensions and supports are exactly equivalent to those of a 20 foot container, and a movable skip positioned at right angles to the direction of travel and equipped with flaps. This skip is designed to tip the entire load clear of the rail track on which it is being transported. It can be carried on all standard forms of container transport such as railway cars, road haulage vehicles or ships. The tipping action of the skip is achieved using standard hydraulic cylinders. However, their energy is not provided in the usual way from a generator but from a hydraulic storage system, which is charged up by a small electric pump during the journey. The skips are controlled by means of a Profinet-based bus system, which enables the equipment to be operated not only manually but also in full or partially automated mode.
Smaller, lighter, more powerful – these are the main properties of the new entry-level system from the Knorr-Bremse subsidiary IFE. The company’s display at InnoTrans features a product designed for use with regional and local services that is making its international debut. All of the components have been developed with the emphasis on achieving the maximum working life, ease of installation and simplified servicing. This combination has resulted in the creation of an exceptional entry-level system, and despite being lighter and smaller, it offers a considerably enhanced performance. The “E4” door operating system is now ready for mass production and is provided with a deformation-tolerant linear guide. In addition to its compact design it can also adapt very effectively to vehicle movements. Compared with the previous model the number of components used in the IFE has been reduced by over 40 per cent and a weight reduction of 20 per cent has also been achieved. In comparison with similar products, the newly designed door leaves are remarkable for their ability to reduce sound transmission by a factor of four, and a thermal output that has been improved by 50 per cent.
Prior to InnoTrans the latest product from Kwik-step, the platform system, will be entering trials with the British railway operator Network Rail. It has been designed to provide a safe workplace on slopes adjoining railway tracks. The problem is one that is frequently encountered on the English rail network, and hampers maintenance and inspection work. The platform is anchored securely to the base supporting the rails and makes use of the stability provided by the rails. The modular stairway has been developed to provide rapid and economical access for maintenance teams. The modules are pinned directly into the slop, eliminating the need for foundations. All the components can be carried by two men and the stairway can be set up using hand tools. The Modular Platform was developed to facilitate the inspection of bridge supports. It can also be used to support equipment and machinery. The key features are the highly adaptable supports, which enable a large platform to be easily and quickly erected on slopes.
The Chinese manufacturer Kyland Technology, a supplier of industrial communication solutions, is presenting its Kyland Adamas range at InnoTrans 2014. The PTN/MPLS product line has been specially designed for industrial applications, providing an end to end, connection-oriented, backbone business platform and optimized QoS management functionalities for railway end users. It ensures the seamless, secure and real time functioning of signalling, train control systems, communication between stations and a variety of integrated services. The Kyland Aquam series of the EN50155 product line offers a flexible port configuration and reliable M12 connectors, supporting 802.3af/at PoE, and IEC61375-2-5, EN50155, EN50121-4 standards. The exhibitor states that this is the best solution for rail on-board applications such as CCTV, PIS/PA and train control systems.
Creosote is used in the maintenance of wooden railway track sleepers (ties). In the course of the service life of such sleepers, a large amount of creosote oil leaches from the sleepers into the subsoil and from there into the ground water. This is the reason why the use of creosote oil has been prohibited in the Netherlands since 2005. In the meantime, the EU commission has also decided to ban the use of creosote oil throughout the EU as of 2018. The service life of wooden sleepers treated with creosote oil is roughly 25 to 30 years, whereas the service life of untreated wooden sleepers is around ten years. This means that the life-cycle costs of wood sleepers will rise considerably. The ban on creosote oil applications is the reason why Lankhorst has now developed an alternative using 100 % recycled plastics. The KLP® plastic sleepers have excellent properties and retain these throughout their entire service life of more than 40 years. KLP® plastic sleepers are maintenance-free, making them an excellent alternative to wooden sleepers.
Lantal’s aim is to provide travellers with the highest levels of comfort, and creating well- designed surroundings is an important part of this process. Every two years the Swiss exhibitor’s design team produces its well known “trend letter”, outlining the future trends in bus, rail and aircraft interiors. This in turn leads to the publication of the “Conceptual Forecast Designs”, focussing on four separate thematic areas, and in 2014 railway interiors have been included for the first time. The four thematic areas offer something to suit every taste and are regarded as a treasure trove of fresh and harmonious interior concepts. For the more feminine “Blush” concept the team of designers were inspired by reflected light, while for “Framework” the emphasis is on selectively designed structures and three-dimensionality. Strong colours, checks and stripes have been used to define “Metroplexity”, while “Sanctuary” represents a complete contrast, concentrating on restrained, monochrome surfaces.
LIFT – Railway and Traffic Laboratory has developed a new timetable planning tool, TRENOPlus, in order to simplify the planning process while maintaining maximum productivity. This innovation combines simplicity in defining the infrastructure and the timetable with extremely accurate results. If changes occur in the infrastructure this software enables the draft timetables to be adjusted semi-automatically. In this way the required accuracy and a high degree of efficiency are combined in a single tool. TRENOPlus is based on a scalable data base system and, even in the basic version, it allows any number of trains to be included, and permits the shared use of data sets. With new functions and a wide range of tools TRENOPlus assists planners at various levels in the timetable planning process. TRENOPlus is also integrated with other tools, TRENOAnalysis and TRENOExport, to enable simulation scenarios to be analyzed.
With its continued development of the duroplasts BMC 0204 and SMC 0208, Lorenz has succeeded in creating materials that satisfy the latest fire safety requirements for components used in almost all areas of rail vehicle construction. In terms of their mechanical properties and their fire retardant qualities these duroplasts have been designed especially to meet new requirements in rail vehicle construction and were among the first products to satisfy fire safety tests in compliance with CEN TS 45545 Part 2, Categories R1/R5/R6/R10/R11/R22/R23/R24/R25 – HL3. On the railways SMC is used in particular for interior and exterior cladding, window frames, seats and hub caps. BMC is ideal for use in the production of small parts such as light switches and electrical plug-in connectors because it is suitable for compression, injection and transfer moulding processes. With a CTI value of 600 V, thermal conductivity of 1.35 W/mK and an oxygen index of 100 per cent it can also be used for electronic components.
Both secure (SIL2) and non-secure (SIL0) I/O modules can be controlled at a station using the same field bus, with LION, a modularly expandable and decentralized I/O system from LÜTZE Transportation. Redundant components or networks for processing safety-relevant signals can be dispensed with. Secure functions only have to be installed on rail vehicles where they are actually needed. The advantages are obvious: cost savings, less wiring, reduced weight, and less expenditure and effort in obtaining certification. With its flat design LION will easily fit under the driver’s bench or in the wall panelling. As a scalable SIL2 I/O system (conforming to EN50126, EN50128 and EN50129) LION can be connected to or combined with the widest possible range of secure and non-secure modules, depending on the field of application: bus couplers, line couplers and digital as well as analogue I/O modules.
Mida Solutions offers products that combine railway technologies such as GSM-R with the latest VoIP technologies based on SIP- and SIP-R standards. The company is using InnoTrans 2014 for the first presentation of its MidaRec, a voice recording system for professional and telephony networks. The Voice Recording System (VRS) uses virtualisation, providing full scalability and modularity. Its software is not restricted to any particular hardware. All communication is presented in a unified way, is secure, and the search and play console can be installed on and operated from any device. The main advantages are the unified communication recording platform (storage, search and play back), hardware independence, cost savings in terms of design, use and data maintenance, and its flexible architecture, making it compatible with preceding and subsequent technology.
Moxa’s new zoom IP camera, the VPort56-2MP, with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, H.264 video compression, 10x optical and 16x analogue zoom, has been designed for the video monitoring of essential operational processes. The camera operates reliably in a temperature range of -40 to +75 degrees Celsius without the need for a fan. The designers’ remit was to improve the reliability of the system under extreme conditions while lowering the operator’s maintenance costs. It also offers extended EMC protection in accordance with EN61000-4-2/3/4/5/6 Level 3. Combined with the optional Moxa VP-PT1201 PT scanner, the VPort56-2MP can be converted into an IP positioning system with PTZ capability. An optional fibreglass ethernet interface can be used to facilitate installation and reduce costs, in particular for long distance installation. Other housings with IP66/ 68 protection and Class1 Division 2 certification are available if required.
The NOISE PHALANX® R300 aluminium noise reduction wall elements for installation on the nation’s railways have been approved by the Federal Railways Office for sections of track where speeds of up to 300 km/h are reached. The DB Netz AG user’s statement has been issued. These elements can be easily installed and require no maintenance. One of their special features is a newly developed bearing system capable of resisting dynamic load testing with five million load changes, without incurring any visible damage. The bearing enjoys utility model protection. MPA Dresden GmbH is the licensor of the noise reduction wall. NOISEPHALANX® R300, R200 and R160 elements provide advanced technological solutions for certified noise protection. The system comprises a single-sided, highly absorbent aluminium noise protection wall with elastomer profiles supporting the elements. The noise protection element has been developed in a joint venture involving project sponsors, engineers, consultants, experts and specialists.
The effort involved in painting complete (double-deck) trains can be reduced by a third or more using mt decore’s mobile fume and mist extraction system, which can be easily set up in just a few hours. This novel development by surface treatment experts specialising in special-effects painting and fibreglass repair and maintenance will be making its trade show debut at InnoTrans. This world-first was deployed for the first time at the DB Regio workshops in Cottbus. It is used to assist ad-hoc priming, complete paint jobs and graffiti-protection applications for wagons or complete trains of up to 4.80 m in height and can be used in railway wagon repair halls to avoid disturbing simultaneous maintenance work on other sidings. Due to the odours and emissions involved, this kind of work used to be carried out in separate halls, or the trains had to be sent to remote maintenance facilities instead. The system, which has two fume and mist extraction columns on the right-hand and left-hand sides of the painting section, can be moved to any location in Germany, and can be set up and adapted to local conditions in less than twelve hours.
With its MPDAC range MTM Power® offers the latest generation of its modular and scalable system of inverters with outputs of 750, 1,500, 2,250 and 3,000 VA for industrial and railway engineering applications (EN 50 155). The convection-cooled inverters provide a sinusoidal ac voltage of 120 VAC/ 60 Hz or 240 VAC/ 50 Hz, and for short periods they have an overload capability of twice the output power. Their outstanding features are a high level of efficiency of 92 per cent typ. and a robust mechanical construction with a flexible overall width for wall mounting. The width of the unit is adjusted to the number of modules used, while the overall height and depth remain constant. All the inverter modules are connected with one another by means of a bus system. They are regulated in accordance with the master-slave principle. A remote control input is used to place the inverter system in stand-by mode to conserve the battery.
The Belgian company Multitel is exhibiting its independent, ISO 17025-accredited laboratory for ERTMS certification at InnoTrans 2014. Its team tests components for European Vital Computer (EVC) units, eurobalises/ BTM, IXL and STM as well as providing rail vehicle and track validation. The laboratories can test complex environments with multiple trains and their interactions with numerous EVC units on board trains or in the radio block centres (RBC), or with signal boxes, using simulations or real equipment. This exhibitor has developed its own software and hardware tools, including 5th generation EVC equipment and robot technology for use in automated test sequences. Multitel participates in many European research and development projects and is one of the companies responsible for developing the ERA’s Baseline 3 tests.
Murrplastik Systemtechnik now includes an optional fire-resistant panel in its range of metal and plastic cable lead-through panels. This is installed behind the cable lead-through. In the event of a fire the cable lead-through openings are sealed and made fire-resistant for at least 30 minutes (E30) in accordance with DIN EN 1363-1. It operates according to the following principle: if a fire breaks out, i.e. at a temperature of 160 degrees Celsius, a material based on expanding graphite, which is incorporated in the fire-resistant panel, swells to forty times its original volume, expanding equally in all directions. As it foams this material forms a protective, insulating layer in the form of a fire-resistant, rigid foam that effectively seals all cable apertures. This prevents a fire from spreading from one side of a switchgear cabinet to the other: As a result neither fire nor smoke can penetrate the cable lead-throughs into adjoining spaces.
NADI Airtechnics is using its display at InnoTrans 2014 for the first presentation in Europe of its wide range of axial and centrifugal fans that have been designed specifically for the railway industry. NADI is the only Indian manufacturer of fans and ventilators to receive approval and certification from the quality systems of the Association of American Railroads, and has been supplying the American railroads with fans since 2002. The customised systems for OEM customers meet the most stringent requirements in terms of airflow, noise levels, efficiency, reliability and spatial constraints. From concept to commissioning, the products undergo a process that encompasses 3D modelling, prototyping, endurance and fatigue testing, as well as product validation. A state of the art testing facility and a well established quality management system, combined with 40 years of experience, ensure product reliability and prompt delivery.
NetModule communication modules are compact, mobile routers for use on vehicle networks or for linking with vending machines and message display systems. The NB2700 ’Bus Router’ has been designed to meet the requirements of e1-automotive certification (72/245/EWG), specifically for use on mobile networks in buses and other road vehicles such as trams and taxis as well as in fire service and police vehicles. The NB3700 ’Train Router‘ has been granted EN50155 certification and is intended for use in trains. For both of these systems NetModule can supply a GSM-VoIP gateway, offering two options for speech transmission. Given the availability of a fast and low latency LTE network, spoken calls such as emergency calls, enquiries from drivers to the control room and vice versa can be made using VoIP. As an alternative, when no VoIP is available, a normal GSM call can be made. Public transport operators can make immediate use of this new technology without have to dispense with the fallback level of conventional technologies such as GSM or ISDN.
NewTec, a provider of consultancy and development services for security related electronic systems, is presenting a world first, the TRDP test system NTOnTrack. TRDP, Train Realtime Data Protocol, is a uniform communication standard with far-reaching implications for future railway technology. NTOnTrack has been designed specifically for manufacturers, component suppliers and test facilities and can be adapted to meet the specific wishes of individual clients. Whether the requirement is for complete component/ certification tests, tests to accompany development work or long term testing, NTOnTrack offers the benefits of a high abstraction level, making the tester an “instant expert”. It allows for conformity tests in the form of automatic testing procedures, as well as automatically generated test reports. The system also provides for low level tests and “error injection” directly at bit level. This expertise and the testing process itself are being demonstrated using another world first: a model train controlled exclusively by means of TRDP.
Nexala is exhibiting its diagnostic and maintenance management systems for the rail transport sector at InnoTrans 2014. Nexala R2M processes diagnostic data, which is sent from each rail vehicle in real time. In this way it provides wide-ranging insights into the status of the fleet and can identify potential vehicle faults. Nexala E2M is the company’s maintenance management system, which improves the cost effectiveness of equipment and rolling stock. Reliability and work utilisation are improved, along with resource and capacity planning. Nexala C2M analyses and detects anomalies in components without any outside assistance, using this information to identify the impact on maintenance and servicing for the entire fleet. Finally, the Nexala P2M system uses timetables, actual vehicle locations and real time diagnostic information to identify the root causes of delays. This also helps to improve fuel efficiency.
Normally, faults in the surfaces of hot-rolled workpieces cannot be detected until they have cooled. In the meantime, many other workpieces may have been produced with the same fault. This problem can now be avoided using the innovative "DIRIS 3D HOT" inspection system. This system is based on laser light-section scan technology and permits contactless testing of surfaces that are still hot, such as rails immediately after leaving the rolling mill. This means that faults can be detected early in the production process and their causes can be eliminated, thus preventing large-scale production of rejects. This new method developed by the Austrian exhibitor has a great many advantages. For instance, it can detect and classify recesses only a few tenths of a millimetre deep. What is more, automation of surface inspection procedures also helps to improve occupational safety in handling steel products with temperatures of above 1000 ° Celsius, since the cameras, not the workers, have to withstand the heat.
Nokia Networks has invested heavily in the continued development of its GSM-R range. At InnoTrans 2014 the company is presenting a completely modernised GSM-R portfolio. Improvements in the radio sector and in the core network provide for the reliable transfer of data, thereby leading to enhanced security. Among the new features are a geo-redundant core platform, which Nokia Networks is introducing for the first time at InnoTrans. Even when running high speed services, rail companies can now transfer highly critical, security-relevant data with maximum reliability, in real time, and the redundancy concept also guarantees reliable train operations at all times. With its FlexiEdge the Finnish exhibitor is introducing a GSM-R base station which is ideally suited for rapid installation in all conceivable environments, for example to cope with the exacting demands of providing network coverage in railway tunnels. Without the need for any additional equipment it can be used in approximately 80 per cent of short and medium length tunnels in Europe.
Based in Weinheim, nora systems GmbH develops, manufactures and markets high grade elastic floor coverings and shoe components under the brand name nora®. The company is represented at InnoTrans Berlin again this year, where it is presenting selected exhibits from its extensive product portfolio for the worldwide rail vehicle industry. Using as its slogan “Time to re-invent a classic”, nora is presenting an international audience of experts with its well-known and proven product, “noraplan® stone” with a new choice of surfaces and a whole range of new colours. In addition to the reflection-breaking surface a smooth alternative is also available. With its excellent fire-resistant properties this flooring is ideal for use in rail vehicles. The stand in Hall 3.1 also features some new, time-saving laying methods.
As one of the leading specialists in the fields of sensor technology, signal processing and visualisation for the transport sector, the display by Noris at InnoTrans 2014 features a new combined unit for the first time, with up to three sensors in a compact and robust housing, for measuring rotational speed, temperature and/or acceleration (vibration). This exhibitor has also expanded its product portfolio with rotation sensors that employ a newly developed, non-magnetic sensor (eddy current sensor) and a sensor with integrated frequency multiplication. In the field of visualisation the display by Noris at this trade show also includes the new generation of analogue displays with a moving coil instrument as an economical alternative to display units employing the multiphase motor principle. Various styles and sizes are available, and their modular construction enables them to be easily adapted for any application.
The French company NTN-SNR Roulements is attending InnoTrans for the fifth time, where it is presenting its innovative technologies for the rail market. Highlights include more than ten new bearings, which have been developed for the latest trains and applications. Manufactured using the latest technology, performance parameters have been improved even more and they have an even longer working life than their predecessors. As a result the ownership, operating and life cycle costs have been reduced. For the past 40 years this company has been among the leading manufacturers in the automotive and aerospace industries. The stand in Hall 20 features seven dedicated and labelled displays, to show each individual solution and its contribution to meeting customers’ requirements.
New high speed track inspection systems are being displayed by NxGen Rail at InnoTrans 2014, integrating several different technologies on a common platform. They provide maintenance planners with a holistic view of the track, operating at line speed in near real time. Such solutions are needed in order to be able to examine large rail networks at suitable frequencies but with minimum investment. The system can locate defects with great precision, enabling planners to examine them in detail in order to more accurately identify the cause of the problems. The technologies on display cover the measurement of geometries, optical inspections and, according to the exhibitor, the world’s first train-mounted high speed radar system that can penetrate beneath the surface. The combination of technologies help to analyze the underlying causes, enabling suitable solutions to be found for the repair and the ultimate solution of problems affecting railtracks.
With the “OEM Cloud” on display at InnoTrans 2014, the Australian company OEM Technology Solutions is presenting an intelligent solution for reducing the downtime on rail systems resulting from unscheduled maintenance work. The internet information services offered by the OEM Cloud are available for use on customers’ machines as a means of generating, organising and analyzing information about their specific operations. This enables the creation of a more responsive and flexible operating environment that helps to deliver better performance for customers and improves their organisation. One of the main features of OEM Cloud Services is the pay as you go model and the ease of connectivity to OEM hardware devices in the field. According to the supplier, the use of the internet with these solutions makes rail systems one of the fastest and most efficient forms of transport.
Scorpion, a laser-based device from GRAW, provides detailed measurements of the wear on points, including tram points as well as flat bottomed and grooved rails. The readings are displayed using a 3D model of the object. This unit is particularly suitable for examining the wear on points elements and on track welds. The unit is placed on the element to be examined and the readings are obtained automatically. The control unit, with a keypad, LCD display and USB port for transferring the readings to a computer, is supplied with the necessary PC software to enable the data to be processed. In assessing the amount of wear, this system enables comparisons with corresponding 3D templates to be made, together with an evaluation of the 3D measurements, and the required reports are also produced at the same time.
The continuous asset management system for railway infrastructure, zedas®asset, has been expanded with the inclusion of the zedas®asset Track Analyser module. The integration of mobile devices with zedas®mobile and interfaces to measurement systems enable status information to be obtained from preventive and corrective measures. Together with its partner terra international surveys ltd, PC-Soft is presenting the capture, acquisition and analysis of data at InnoTrans 2014. The zedas®asset system solution evaluates the data that is obtained, using numerous mathematically based diagnostics procedures. The resulting picture of the status of the installation can be visualised to within a few metres by Track Analyser, with reference to the selected sections of rail track. As a result any maintenance work that is needed can be planned more efficiently, a more effective basis for budgets is available, and investments can be implemented with greater accuracy.
The highlight of the display by POLYRACK TECH-GROUP at InnoTrans is the wide range of panel PCs for HMI/ MMI applications, which have been designed for use in many different areas of railway engineering. They include an updated version of the POLYRACK standard product, the panel PC 2. The FerroRAIL range of 19 inch racks represents a tested, user-specific system for electronic components. The racks have been specifically developed for use in trains and meet the exacting requirements of French railways SNCF. The CasTEC range of cabinets includes extremely robust housings for use in challenging environments. The die-cast platform provides the necessary robustness, combined with increased IP protection and EMC screening. The FUTURE generation of racks conforms to the Deutsche Bahn LES-DB standard and those of the French railways too. The many standard parts that are available make it possible to put together and expand a wide range of configurations to meet various requirement specifications.
The “Slab Track Austria” system from Porr Bau is being constantly improved, and the company has recently introduced its latest innovation, combining an anti-derailment system with accessibility. This system consists of concrete slabs which can be easily and quickly installed. This enables emergency vehicles to drive on the track and has also been designed to prevent the derailment of railway rolling stock. The key element of “Slab Track Austria”, which is also known by the name Öbb-Porr, is the slab which supports the rails, measuring 5.16 m by 2.4 m. Because of its high degree of prefabrication it can be installed very quickly, with great precision, and independently of the weather. Slab Track Austria is the standard system in Austria, has been chosen for use on over 300 km of high speed track currently under construction in Germany, and has also been installed in the UK in 2014. The new combined accessibility and anti-derailment system was deployed for the first time in Germany on the VDE 8.1 project.
“PowerHouse” from the US supplier Power Drives is a diesel warming system that significantly reduces the energy wastage caused when locomotives are idling. It keeps locomotive coolant and oil at a temperature which allows the main engine to be shut down even in the coldest climates. This reduces fuel costs, cuts engine wear, and also ensures lower noise levels and less air pollution. PowerHouse was developed in collaboration with a leading manufacturer of diesel locomotives and is easy to install. The system heats water or coolants circulating around the locomotive’s engine block and cooling system, maintaining them at a temperature in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (= 37.8 degrees Celsius) even in the coldest of external temperatures. The compact unit requires significantly less fuel than a locomotive’s main power unit when idling, leading to a rapid return on one’s investment.
The GRP (fibreglass) overhead line mast made by the Powerlines Group is the result of intelligent light-weight design work using nonconductive fibre-reinforced composite materials. Up to now, most masts for overhead lines have been made of steel or reinforced concrete, meaning that the overhead contact line had to be equipped with insulators. In contrast, the new fibreglass masts provide full insulation. By largely or even completely substituting the conductive materials, such as steel or reinforced concrete, it is now possible to build overhead lines without additional insulators. Eliminating expensive insulators allows economical and safe installation of the overhead lines. But the GRP material also has a number of other advantages: the material’s insulating properties provide considerably greater safety to crews working on installation projects and live lines. The light-weight material facilitates installation and largely eliminates the need for heavy construction machinery.
Wheels and rails have to be regularly checked and processed to ensure smooth running, reduce noise levels and maintain high safety standards. The Pramet range includes rail grinding tools, which are used by leading German companies and meet the strictest demands for accuracy and reliability. The new, improved models on display at InnoTrans have many distinct advantages. The cassette version contains a single basic tool for left- and right-hand scrubbing and smoothing. The version with a single cassette can perform three tasks: scrubbing, AHC and UIC profiling. One of the main features of the new grinders from Pramet is the excellent reliability of the disposable cutting insert.
Profile pictures have long been used to add a personal touch to individuals on social networks. Now communication in software-supported project management is becoming more personalized too. The new version of the web-based project management software Projektron BCS 7.16 can be seen at InnoTrans 2014. It enables project managers and team members to show the faces of the people doing the work. The profile pictures can be downloaded into the personal reference data of the team members. If a member of staff does not have a profile picture Projektron BCS 7.16 will automatically generate a placeholder with the staff member’s initials. The new profile pictures can be seen on the customer’s ticket together with a comment, by a staff member, for example, or by a project manager, on the progress of the project. The Berlin software company sees scope for the new profile pictures in customer support in particular. Instead of an anonymous reply customers can now see their own personal contact person.
The display at InnoTrans 2014 by the Polish company PROMOCJA Andrzej Wójtowicz features the international debut of a soya-based solid lubricant, FLS-2000, for use on wheel rims. To improve the interaction between wheels and track, the lubricant is applied to those areas exposed to the greatest wear. The lubricant is applied by a pin that is pressed against the wheel rim by a spring. Solid lubricants have been used in the USA for the past 15 years as the cheapest and most reliable method of applying lubrication to wheel rims. FLS-2000 has proved to be effective under all climatic conditions and in all regions of America. This Polish exhibitor’s products meet the requirements of the industrial standard PN-EN 16028. The main advantages of using FLS-2000 are a reduction by as much as 80 per cent in wheel rim wear, energy savings (electricity, fuel), noise reduction, less risk of derailment and lower track maintenance costs.
The new release of the well-known transport planning software PTV Visum is now available, the exhibitor has announced. PTV Visum 14 offers many new features and functions. Among the highlights: new possibilities for timetable processing. PTV Visum 14 represents a new look for the timetable editor, with numerous functionalities that have been included in response to customer demand, including a freely adjustable sequence of stops and a graphic editor. In addition the new incremental public transport importer ensures the rapid import and quick updating of the available public transport range from files in one version into those of another. As well as the complete adoption of the range of available public transport options in a version without a public transport infrastructure, the new public transport importer replaces or supplements existing components of a range of public transport options. This makes the work of modelling much easier in the case of regular timetable updates.
The Rajant BreadCrumb LX5 is the latest in the BreadCrumb range of multi-radio network nodes. The LX5 supports the use of IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n protocols and enables any combination of 900 MHz, 2.4 MHz, 4.9 MHz and 5 GHz frequencies to be used through up to four radio modules and six external antenna ports, as well as licensed frequency bands from 300 MHz to 6 GHz. Up to three modules can be configured for MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) use. The nodes provide for faster routing and gateway processing and have been designed to be backwards compatible with previous BreadCrumb equipment. The BreadCrumb LX5 operates in concert with Rajant’s proprietary InstaMesh technology, a protocol that allows for continuous and instantaneous routing of wireless and wired connections.
Ricardo has improved its driveline and transmission engineering systems by means of a 25 per cent weight reduction. This has resulted in an upgrade from 170 kW to 260 kW. These driveline solutions have been deployed by the Malaysian mass transit system Scomi Rail in Kuala Lumpur. From a blank sheet to the prototype, the British company developed its driveline solutions within six months in 2012. The patented flywheel, the TorqStor, converts stored braking energy into improved acceleration, without using full power from the engine. This means that trains can accelerate while benefitting from improved fuel efficiency, lower noise levels and reduced particulate emissions. This exhibitor’s vehicle “lightweighting” concept means a weight reduction of up to 40 per cent with no compromises in performance. This concept can be applied to the rail industry in order to achieve energy efficiency improvements and emissions compliance.
At InnoTrans 2014 this Austrian exhibitor is presenting its proven RIEGL VMX-450 mobile laser mapping system as a customised solution for scanning railway infrastructure and for monitoring rail track. With hardware components that have been developed in-house, the VMX-450-RAIL system can be installed quickly and easily on standard rail vehicles. The new interface to SiRailScan 3D data processing software from technet-rail provides for user-friendly, railway-specific evaluation of data. With a maximum effective measurement rate of 1.1 million readings per second, resulting in up to 400 scan lines per second, the system provides for extremely rapid and effective measurement of large stretches of rail track within a very short time. It enables the entire clearance space, including overhead lines, railheads and periphery, to be evaluated. SiRailScan software from technet-rail is provided with numerous extremely precise analysis and documentation tools, developed specifically for the railway sector, for evaluating data obtained from 3D laser scanners.
The ROBEL display at InnoTrans 2014 focuses on hand-held machinery and equipment, and introduces the 62.05 vertical oscillation tamper and an innovative range of batteries. The 62.05 vertical oscillation tamper compresses the ballast under the sleeper in order to eliminate irregularities in the position and height of the track. The ROBEL vertical oscillation tamping principle enables more tamping actions within a specified unit of time. The condition of the ballast and the degree of maintenance required determine which ROBEL tamper to use. ROBEL battery technology can reduce working times by up to 25 per cent. A reduction in the time spent drilling and inserting bolts, together with ready availability of the machines used, are decisive factors in the efficient execution of track work. The 30.20 battery-powered impact wrench and the 10.20 battery-powered rail drilling machine ensure short work cycles, are immediately ready for use, and replacing the batteries could not be simpler.
Rowe Hankins is displaying its “Intelligent Wheel Flange Lubrication System”, (iWFL) at InnoTrans 2014. Wear at the track-wheel interface is harmful and costly for rail vehicle companies and track operators alike. Even the temporary loss of lubrication is inconvenient, and the environmental impact resulting from noise and pollution due to indiscriminate lubrication is significant. iWFL has been developed to solve these problems, using the Falcon control unit, which senses the location and intensity of track curves using a combination of GPS signals, speed and distance measurements from known points, including trackside transponders, and a gyroscope-based bend sensor. A unit on board the train has a complete plan of the route and can process and store the information received. This enables lubrication to be undertaken precisely at each required location.
The use of new compound brake pads to replace grey cast iron pad is one of the factors that helps to reduce rail freight noise levels. Part of the approval process involves the submission of proof of adequate braking capabilities in snow and ice, in order to ensure safe operation in driving snow. These tests can only be carried out on the track under suitable winter conditions, or else on a friction test rig, and therefore the Vienna climatic wind tunnel offers a good alternative. The large climatic wind tunnel operated by the RTA is equipped with a single axle dynamometer, which has been designed for conducting braking tests on rail vehicles. Contact between the rail and the wheel is simulated by rolling the wheels. A new programme of experiments has been developed in collaboration with UIC to measure the relative increase in the braking distance in snow. With these facilities RTA offers industry various possibilities at any time of year for carrying out efficient certification tests on compound brake pads under winter conditions.
Space for installing passenger intercom systems in light rail carriages or trams is often very restricted. With its slim and compact design and a carefully thought out assembly the latest generation of passenger intercom systems from Ruf can be installed or replaced very quickly, even where space is at a premium. This product supports the standardised SIP protocol in accordance with RFC 3261 and uses Ethernet to communicate with other partners within the network. This open protocol enables the intercom system to be integrated in both the VisiWeb overall solution and in other systems. PoE (Power over Ethernet) reduces cabling requirements and thus cuts installation costs too. At around 400 g it is truly a lightweight but is nevertheless extremely robust. The design can be individually adapted to meet the customer´s color specifications. The intercom system complies with all standards required for operation in public transport and has been designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
SAB Bröckskes has developed several new data cables for use in rail vehicles: the “SABIX R 605 FRNC” version with coloured cores, the screened type “SABIX R 615 FRNC” and the pair-wise twisted type “SABIX R 645 FRNC TP”. With certification according to EN 45545 they offer vehicle manufacturers the maximum planning reliability and easy, flexible installation in locomotives and rolling stock. In addition to their outstanding flexibility these cables also meet the highest rail industry safety standards. With its new CAT 5e- and CAT 6 ethernet cables this 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 the effectiveness of resistance to conducting fire, smoke gas density and toxicity, SAB Bröckskes has now expanded its range to include ethernet cables for railway use that have been granted certification by an external agency.
SABIC is launching two new LEXAN™ panels at Innotrans. Both products comply with the French NF 31-112 anti-graffiti standard. The LEXAN KH6500 panel complies with EN 45545, other European standards including the French NF F16-101 and NF P 92-501, and US rail norms for walls and ceilings. The material is designed to deliver improved chemical resistance against graffiti cleaning agents and offers excellent impact performance with high rigidity, good colourability, excellent thermoforming and low gloss retention after thermoforming. LEXAN KH6200 panels are intended for less-demanding applications such as cladding. The exhibitor confirms that it complies with the German DIN 5510 standard S4/ SR2/ ST2 at thicknesses of 3-5mm. Two other panels recently introduced by SABIC are LEXAN H6500 and LEXAN H6200. These non-chlorinated and non-brominated materials have been engineered to help meet demand for enhanced sustainability and flame-retardance.
Saft is exhibiting its SRA LT/ HT nickel-cadmium batteries at InnoTrans 2014. They are designed to ensure the correct functioning of on-board auxiliary and back-up applications and of fail-safe start-up systems. The team on the stand in Hall 15.1 is also presenting the new lithium-ion batteries, which recover energy from the vehicle’s traction. SRA LT batteries from Saft operate effectively in a temperature range of -50 degrees Celsius to +40 degrees Celsius. SRA LT batteries enable a smaller battery to be made to support the required load profile. SRA HT offers increased capacity at higher temperatures of up to +65 degrees Celsius. Rounding off this manufacturer’s product range are its SRA standard batteries. The exhibitor points out that the batteries are intended not only for use in modern rail vehicles in the public transport sector but also for regional and Intercity trains.
With its “Intelligent Carbon for Pantographs” Schunk has developed a reliable solution for monitoring the contacts on electrically powered rail vehicles. This system automatically reports when wear has reached a critical point, thus giving operators sufficient time to replace the contacts. This reduces the frequency with which checks have to be carried out, thereby cutting costs. With “Schunk Smart Charging” this exhibitor is presenting pantographs for electric buses, which has been introduced on trial routes in 2014 as a means of powering environmentally friendly, low noise electric buses. Passengers can enter and alight from the buses while charging is taking place. Moreover no overhead wire is needed, thereby allowing flexible route planning. The innovative ripple current earthing system from Schunk ensures the reliable discharge of high frequency ripple voltage that can occur when traction units are controlled by inverters.
With its “Intelligent Carbon for Pantographs” Schunk has developed a reliable solution for monitoring the contacts on electrically powered rail vehicles. This system automatically reports when wear has reached a critical point, thus giving operators sufficient time to replace the contacts. This reduces the frequency with which checks have to be carried out, thereby cutting costs. With “Schunk Smart Charging” this exhibitor is presenting pantographs for electric buses, which has been introduced on trial routes in 2014 as a means of powering environmentally friendly, low noise electric buses. Passengers can enter and alight from the buses while charging is taking place. Moreover no overhead wire is needed, thereby allowing flexible route planning. The innovative ripple current earthing system from Schunk ensures the reliable discharge of high frequency ripple voltage that can occur when traction units are controlled by inverters.
A galvanic coating, NiroTec®, has been developed by Schwihag AG , in collaboration with Manfred Hoffmann GmbH. This metallic coating has a cathodic effect at a distance, meaning that damage to the surface of the coating activates a sacrificial anode, thereby protecting the exposed steel in the immediate vicinity. This specially adapted coating process ensures that the technical properties of the clamp itself (e.g. structure) are not affected. The NiroTec® coating guarantees that rail clamps are given lasting and all-over protection even when subjected to environmental factors in combination with the impact of dynamic, climatic and mechanical stresses on the coating. It can be designed for use on all types of clamps but is also suitable for other superstructural components such as anchors and bolts. The properties of the NiroTec® coating enable it to be used consistently in an extremely wide range of applications at temperatures of up to 180 degrees Celsius.
Simplified, economical and time-saving wiring, a modular system architecture, space-saving design, extreme flexibility and easy to expand: these are just some of the positive features of the new remote I/O systems Smartio® from Selectron, which is much easier to implement in projects. One of the main advantages of Smartio® is its flexible architecture, requiring less space, reducing the amount of wiring needed, and with no restrictions on where it can be installed. Moreover the RIOM system can be easily expanded, even in the longer term. With an electronic connecting clamp the bus electronics and the connecting terminal in a single housing ensure a highly efficient installation. Smartio® can be deployed as a decentralised unit in the train or centralised in the switchgear cabinet in the driver’s cab. Network standards such as ethernet TRDP, CANopen and MVB offer improved applications. In terms of their resistance to shock, vibration, extremes of temperature (-40 to +70 degrees Celsius) and EMC, the subassemblies conform to the current railway standards such as EN 50155 and EN 50545.
In addition to complying with the statutory specifications laid down in DIN 32984, tactile guidance systems also make it easier for an increasing number of people to find their way around buildings and events. In a society with an ageing population there is an increasing need for such facilities. Tactile guidance systems provide just such assistance in helping people to find their way around. SFS Safety Flooring Systems is therefore using InnoTrans 2014 to introduce its two new products for interior use. The Safety-Floor TBI strips are used to guide people along a route. They are trapezoid and self-adhesive, measure 300 x 30 x 3 mm and can be used on a number of floor surfaces including PVC, stone and wood. The Safety-Floor TBI studs are designed to alert people to hazardous areas such as steps or ramps. They are also self-adhesive, approximately 3 mm in height, with a diameter of 30 mm, and can be used on materials such as PVC, stone and wood. The strips and studs are both made of wear-resistant polyurethane.
The display by Siemens at InnoTrans 2014 includes the debut of three Desiro City cars, intended to operate on the rebuilt Thameslink line running through the heart of London. A full scale model of the Inspiro-Metro Kuala Lumpur is making its European debut. In the field of automation this exhibitor is presenting the new network technology Sinet (Siemens Interlocking Network). With its resource-conserving, ring-shaped DSL communication network it replaces point-to-point links between signals and signal boxes. The Sigrid (Smart Interlocking Grid) system is also new, and simplifies the energy supply to the track-mounted element controllers. The integrated mobility platform (IMP) is also being exhibited. The intelligent networking provided by this B2B platform ensures an excellent distribution of the volume of traffic. Highlights include energy charging and storage systems for rail vehicles and electric buses. Siemens is also demonstrating how the level of consumption in a rail power network can be reduced, and how to avoid voltage spikes.
The REP right-angled connectors from Smiths Connectors provide a rapid, highly reliable and functional connection of all kinds of installations where a total seal is required. They are ideal for various technical applications in the railway sector, including system controls for sensors, warning signals, brakes, door security systems and lighting, in interior equipment for air conditioning and seating, and for passenger information systems such as displays, video equipment and loudspeakers. The REP series of connectors now includes straight contact pins as well as the existing angled pins, for installation on circuit boards. The REP series uses the reliable Hypertac hyperboloid contact technology, which ensures excellent resistance to shock and vibration. It is available in two, six and twelve pin versions. All the materials used comply with NFF 16-101, NFF 16-102, EN 45545-2 and UL94 V0. Only one size of contact is required to cover connections with cross sections of between 0.5 and 2.5 mm².
Following the successful completion of its tram projects in Jena, Germany, and Poznan, Poland, Solaris is using InnoTrans 2014 to introduce its latest vehicle to the world’s experts, the Solaris Tramino Braunschweig. This tram is a uni-directional vehicle comprising four body sections, with a length of just under 36 m. Each section rests on its own bogie for the Braunschweig track gauge of 1,100 mm. Inside the Tramino there is a capacity for 211 passengers, 87 of them seated. Access and egress are through six double doors. The Solaris Tramino made its first appearance in 2009. A total of 45 six-axle articulated cars are operating reliably on regular everyday services in Poznan, Poland. In accordance with the technical concept chosen by Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG, each section rests on its own bogie. The same principle has been adopted for the five Traminos that came into service with Jenaer Nahverkehr GmbH in 2013.
With its newly developed horizontal rail bending and straightening machine 1200 HE with a working force of 120 t, Stierli Bieger provides yet another universal press for general track works and the rail manufacturing industry. This powerful machine enables tongue, flat bottom rails and grooved rails to be worked effortlessly. The generously designed machine can accommodate any kind of tools, and even existing press moulding tools can be installed quickly and easily. This increases flexibility and reduces setup times, and the machine can be used for bending, forming, stamping and straightening. Another major advantage is that profiles can be loaded from above. The use of a crane to bring in the rails allows the workpiece to be handled during machining. Consequently horizontal rail bending and straightening machines can be used economically for large and small series and also for individual items. The controls can be adjusted individually to meet the production needs of each customer.
Horizon is a conceptual transportation system for the future that hopes to eliminate delays by dynamically connecting passengers between ground and air. Passengers would enter Horizon through their local SkyStation, the airport hub of the future. Once inside they would board a SkyLink pod, which transports them through the city, collecting additional passengers at other SkyStations. The pod would then drive them to the outskirts of the city, where it is met by the SkyShip, a fully electric and autonomous aircraft, which swoops down to pick up the pods and the fuel for the aircraft, without ever actually landing. Horizon was developed by a group of four product design engineers while students at the Glasgow School of Art. They have all since graduated and started a Glasgow-based design studio called Studio Globe.
The use of low voltage starter batteries demands a short time current of several thousand amperes, and with lower temperatures more time and more power are needed. The starting process requires special batteries or high-caps, and the circuit for the starting process is operated in isolation from the on-board supply in order to prevent massive interference. SYKO supplies intelligent 1kW(BLG.H3 series) and 2kW battery chargers (BLG.H6 series) for starter batteries, which operate with the customary on-board battery voltages (24/ 36/ 72/ 110 V) used by the railways. This equipment has been designed to comply with railway standards with regard to EMC, environmental conditions, position insensitivity and technical fire safety specifications. The battery charge management system is processor-controlled and various excess temperature characteristics on different temperature sensors can be specified. An electrically isolated CAN-BUS with user interface is available as an option.
Syslogic specializes in embedded box computers for mobile use. With its Railway Computer Compact 71 the company has expanded its range of embedded computers for the rail industry. The Compact 71 has been certified in accordance with the railway standard EN50155 TX Category for this industrial sector. This unit is also provided with rugged M12 plugs that are designed to withstand even the most violent shaking and vibration. The M12 plugs are used to connect to two RS232 interfaces and one ethernet and one VGA interface. The Railway Computer is also equipped with two standard USB ports for rapid service updates. As an option these units can also be expanded by the inclusion of CAN and RS485 interfaces, also by means of M12 plugs. Like all industrial computers from Syslogic, the Railway Computer requires no moving parts. It has been designed for continuous operation (24/7) and its components have been approved for use in the extended temperature range of -40 to +85 degrees Celsius.
In addition to pumps and compressors, ventilators are significant users of three-phase current on rail vehicles. Although their power consumption is relatively small when compared with pumps and air conditioning compressors/air compressors, because there are so many of them there is a considerable potential for conserving energy. For this reason, in the future Systemair will be using speed control to regulate the performance of ventilators, one example being the GT1-400-D2-A8 ventilator, which is used to cool traction motors in high-speed trains. It is equipped with a variable compact drive unit which receives the control signals and can send back warnings and report defects. The traction motors are then cooled and temperature fluctuations reduced as required. The working life of the traction motor windings is extended because they are subjected to less thermal stress. The warning/fault reporting enables the traction motor to be shut off or its output to be reduced before it becomes too hot and is damaged.
Tamrotor, a Gardner Denver brand, is presenting its ENDURO range of oil injected screw compressors, which covers the entire spectrum of high performance needs. They provide pressures from 3 to 15 bar, for power levels of between 2.2 and 500 kW and an air delivery of 0.25 to 74 m³/min. The ENDURO EN2 compressor is a new item on display at InnoTrans 2014. It is the result of more than 50 years of experience in the development of compressors and is manufactured using the latest production methods. The EN2 rounds off the ENDURO product portfolio, offering performance from 0.3 to 1.0 m³/min at a minimum power of between 2.2 and 7.5 kW and a pressure range of 3 to 13 bar. Based on the ENDURO units, Tamrotor can also offer a range of compact, integrated TEMPEST compressors with the inclusion of additional components. An innovative oil separation system ensures that the oil aerosols present in the compressed air are less than 3 mg/m³.
What will the transport industry look like in 2030 or 2050? In order to provide effective answers to this question researchers at the Technical University Berlin have developed a “Synopsis Tool” as part of the EU-financed RACE2050 research project. For the first time it provides a comparative overview of the many current studies into the future of the European transport industry. With the aid of clear visualisations and individual search options, dozens of otherwise isolated future studies from 12 industrial sectors are being made freely accessible and structured, relative to one another. This approach makes it possible to define the main influencing factors that will determine the future competitiveness of the European transport industry. The “Synopsis Tool” is being officially introduced for the first time at InnoTrans 2014, where it will make its world debut.
At InnoTrans 2014 Televic Rail is presenting the latest developments for its integrated solution for passenger information, infotainment and fleet management, by the name of iCoM. Being a flexible system, iCoM can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of operators and passengers. It consists of several software modules, which complement the innovative on-board equipment. During the trade show the stand team will be demonstrating LiveCom, Telvic’s web-based software tool for creating and managing journey information, timetables, and video and audio content. The new user interface of the iSync fleet manager will also be demonstrated. As a world premiere Televic will present the “9 degrees of freedom” sensor. The sensor is railway compliant technology which allows to measure 3 axis of vibration, 3 axis of rotation, 3 axis of magnetism and temperature. This results in 9 axis of dynamic parameters and one environmental parameter with multiple internal data redundancy possibilities which are relevant for safety applications. This smart sensor is configurable and has internal data and processing capabilities.
At InnoTrans 2014, terra international surveys Ltd. and PC Soft GmbH will be jointly presenting an integrated solution for railway infrastructure maintenance management. Regular monitoring of the condition of the tracks and roadway is important in deciding on the best maintenance strategy to use. Hence, a precise mobile condition survey of the track, roadway, subgrade and other infrastructure elements is carried out using several different sensors. terra international surveys Ltd. and PC Soft GmbH are offering mobile track measurements using a scalable multisensor platform. The measurements obtained in this way can be processed directly using the zedas®asset lifecycle management system application. The best maintenance measures are then deduced from the results of the track and roadway condition survey. This integrated maintenance management solution ensures high infrastructure availability at a relatively low cost.
The Berlin-based manufacturer of devices for testing construction equipment, TESTING Bluhm & Feuerherdt, in collaboration with IAB Weimar GmbH, has developed a simulator for a mobile cement mixer which can accurately replicate the actual requirements regarding a quantity of freshly mixed concrete when transported in an actual mobile mixer. During the development process care was taken to include important influencing parameters in relation to spreading and slump flow. The intention was to also include the temperature of the mix, mixing time, rotational speed of the mixing drum and performance parameters. The working properties of concrete being delivered to a site vary depending on the length of time it is being transported, the ambient temperature and the consistency of the material at the time it is placed in the drum. Changes to the spread of up to 90 mm have been recorded, which corresponds to a deviation of 1.5 in the consistency category. With the new mobile mixer simulator accurate predictions can be made in the laboratory, thereby enabling the cement works to more efficiently adjust the mix prior to delivery.
TextSpeak Audio Products from the USA reports that it has developed the first embedded, multi-language displays for use in mass transit systems. These are capable of reading the text on displays and of instantly relaying this information via loudspeakers. Consequently passengers not only see the LED displays but can also hear the content on trains, buses, at stops and in parking areas. In order to comply with international regulations this product and the technology behind it also make it easy to communicate to the disabled. At the press of a button blind people and the visually impaired can instantly hear audio files and are directly alerted to the content of visual information. In the USA the initial application for rail operators also includes an additional function of instant real time emergency messages, using existing transit infrastructure. Announcements can now be transmitted in tunnels and under bridges, by means of radio systems, as a reliable way of providing safety and security notifications.
Making its world debut at InnoTrans 2014, ThermOmegaTech is introducing its GURU series of thermostatic drain valves for water-bearing systems for protecting locomotives and passenger cars from frost damage. The GURU® PC valve, on show at InnoTrans 2014 for the first time, is self-contained and, by monitoring ambient temperatures, drains water bearing systems automatically before frost damage can occur. Fully mechanical, with no outside power required, its high flow design allows for rapid draining, eliminating costly frost damage. With an available plug-in heater option, it allows for quick refilling of the water system to get the passenger car back into service as soon as possible. The GURU® DL2.1 and Magnum locomotive valves are water-sensing, self-operating thermostatic drain valves that respond to engine coolant temperature. When the locomotive is shut down and cooling water reaches the temperature set point of the valve, the plug will snap open, thereby draining the locomotive cooling system.
Treadmaster – Tiflex has developed a method of inserting a luminous compound into its flooring as a stripe, logo, symbol or other designs. After charging in both natural or artificial light the material will retain its glow for more than 12 hours, according to the exhibitor. This English company is demonstrating two examples of this technology on its stand in Hall 3.1 at InnoTrans 2014. It can be used to identify exits and walkways should the lighting system fail. The system has been successfully tested in accordance with DIN 67510-1:2009. This test is used for ISO 17398 and for BS ISO 16069. The DIN results are recognized by numerous safety organizations and authorities.
Tubular Rail Development, LLC, based in San Antonio, Texas, USA, has developed a mass transit system that runs above ground through rings that are supported by concrete pedestals. These pedestals are spaced apart on the ground, but no rail or connecting structure on or above ground is required. An underground conduit carries electrical and communication cables that connect the pedestals together. The rings house the engines and rollers that drive, guide and stabilize the vehicle at low speeds, as well as flywheels for high speeds. This system provides an efficient, safe and affordable transportation solution with huge cost savings and a low environmental impact. The transit system from Tubular Rail Development is on display in the Future Mobility Park at InnoTrans, together with other visionary transport concepts.
MaxCell is a highly flexible cable guide tube that replaces the now obsolete multi-use tubes made of rigid plastic that are more difficult to install. The unique material properties of MaxCell enable it to be laid very quickly. The pre-assembled cable pull-in line makes the process of cable-laying faster than ever. MaxCell is made from a very light technical textile, making it ideal for conduits in which cables have already been installed. It can be easily pulled over existing cables. This enables very high densities to be achieved, without causing damage to the cable sheath or twisting of the cables. This in turn eliminates the need to lay new cable conduits. MaxCell can be used in railway infrastructure, for example in electronic signalling projects, where new lengths of cable have to be drawn in and/or for cable crossings and installations in less accessible conduits. MaxCell is available in various versions, with up to four inner cells, and in ten different sizes.
Ultimate Europe is augmenting its current range with the addition of an intelligent lighting control system based on a control unit, light sensors and dimmable LED lights. All the LEDs are adjusted by the lighting control unit, depending on the intensity of the ambient lighting. In this way the passenger compartment lighting can be maintained at almost a constant level. When in operation the intensity of the LED lights is reduced to a minimum during daytime. The intelligent adjustment has a positive impact on the energy balance and on the working life of the LEDs, thus resulting in lower lifetime costs. With its new type of security system for automatic door systems this exhibitor has incorporated a light grid together with electrical contact strips, concealed from outside view, in the finger guard profile of the doors. The system acts directly on the main closing edge of the door, leaving the space in front of the exit door to be configured according to individual choice. This new solution combines the requirements for contactless anti-trap protection and for identifying when items are trapped in the door, in accordance with VDV 111/prEN14752.
UNAC has been developing special road-rail vehicles for 15 years. Almost 200 of these vehicles are now in service in Europe, and the latest addition is the 300RR², a new version of the road-rail mulching vehicle, the 300RR. This innovative development is being officially launched at InnoTrans 2014. The main features and advantages of the 300RR2 are that it provides easy and rapid access to railway lines, has an effective operating speed on the rails, is equipped with reliable brakes in accordance with the most stringent railway regulations, and offers maximum productivity. It has been designed using the latest 3D modelling software, leading to further improvements to the arm, and enabling it to meet trackside mulching requirements. The rail drive system makes use of the tried and tested axles of the UNAC 22TRR road-rail excavator, utilizing the reliable UNAC HD-FR axles. The 300RR is powered by a C4.4 Caterpillar engine, which conforms to Stage IIIB of the European Exhaust Gas Standard.
The German banking association “Deutsche Kreditwirtschaft” (DK) has granted approval for all components of the UX Solutions self-service vending machines. With this series of self-service products consisting of freely combinable modules, the exhibitor helps system integrators and vending-machine operators to meet the increasing demand for self-service solutions such as parking permit and ticket vending machines. All devices of the UX product series are certified in accordance with international security standards such as PCI. The various UX components can be combined to create flexible payment solutions for vending and self-service machines with large transaction volumes, while supporting all common payment methods. A first example of an application is the fitting-out of more than 200 latest-generation ticket vending machines for a leading public transport company in south Germany. These machines are being supplied by the renowned technology and service provider, Xerox.
The new dynamic information system MS 700, intended for mobile operation in trains and buses, guarantees that all relevant passenger information can be updated in real time. The presentation is in stunning HD quality. The 18.5 inch screens can be easily seen and read from any position in the vehicle. In addition to complete details about connections and transfers they can also be used to present infotainment programmes. Good entertainment makes the journey more enjoyable and the travelling time seems shorter too. The inclusion of a small amount of advertising in the entertainment programme also provides a source of finance for the system. This is achieved through extensive interlinking of the vehicle, with the support of a highly effective software package, BitCtrl LISA. Dynamic passenger information and the entertainment content are seamlessly integrated in the tried and tested CMS system.
In the future the B06 FS flat sleeper, manufactured by Vigier Rail, will be used increasingly on the rail network operated by Swiss Railways SBB. It is available on both standard and metre-gauge railways and offers all the advantages of the commonly used concrete sleepers but is wider and flatter, thereby reducing the contact stress between the sleeper and the track ballast. This enables loads to be transferred to the substructure more gently and more evenly. The advantage of this is that the ballast is less stressed and the tamping intervals can be extended. Installation of the new flat sleeper improves the cost-effectiveness of ballasted tracks, especially where the ballast bed thickness is restricted, e.g. in the refurbishment of tunnels, underpasses or bridges. Vigier Rail is introducing a version of the flat sleeper mounted on pads for the first time at InnoTrans 2014. This version further enhances the advantages of flat sleepers. It is currently being installed on the Deutsche Bahn network under a trial agreement.
Vision Systems is using InnoTrans 2014 to present Nuance, a solar protection solution with a smart film that is integrated in the glazing. Nuance can be controlled from “clear” to “dark”, thereby blocking 90 per cent of the heat. It automatically turns to its darkest state when the train stops, ensuring that the interiors remain cooler and less air conditioning is required. The dimmed windows also block out 99.9 per cent of UV radiation, thus protecting the interior from fading. The main feature of Optishade solar protection systems is that they weigh much less than conventional shades and they allow the replacement of old fabric in less than 10 minutes. Neither the frame nor the load bar need to be removed, which also reduces maintenance costs. The Pro4Rail solution includes a CCTV remote monitoring system with real time image analysis, as well as Wifi Avod, seamless internet access and an entertainment programme, regardless of the speed of the train.
The Voith energy absorber, made of fibreglass-reinforced plastic, consists of a fibre-composite tube, anti-climbing plate and aluminium bearing. The total weight of between 70 and 95 kg represents a weight saving of one third compared with the steel model. A mounting space of only 30 cm is required behind the absorber. It can be adapted for force levels of between 600 and 1,000 kN at a maximum length of 1,000 mm. All the parts are highly corrosion-resistant, have a very long working life and are fire-resistant in compliance with the fire safety category R7/ HL3 in accordance with EN 45545-2:2013. Voith is also presenting its own SA3 coupler with traction-compression spring and energy absorption features at InnoTrans. The modular construction allows customers to retain their existing systems but at the same time to comply with the new Russian GOST Standard 32410 for crash safety. For the first time the new SA3 head is also provided with a main air reservoir and brake pipes, for fully automated coupling and uncoupling.
The new GreenTech Robot from Vollert is a powerful electrical propulsion unit providing immediate maximum torque and excellent economy. The new diesel-electric propulsion system significantly reduces the fuel consumption of the GreenTech Robot, and the diesel engine speed is constantly adjusted to the required output. This is achieved by combining three phase and DC systems. The electrical propulsion unit provides outstanding efficiency and a consistently high torque. Even at low engine speeds power is available immediately, and this means that the GreenTech Robot offers a completely new ride. The high levels of efficiency result in significant reductions in NOX and CO2 emissions. Furthermore, in combination with a particle filter, soot particle emissions are 99 per cent lower too. The display by Vollert at InnoTrans also includes new fixed location solutions for internal shunting and loading operations and the latest industrial manufacturing technology for the production of prestressed concrete sleepers for the railway industry.
Vossloh Cogifer, together with its subsidiary Siema Applications, is introducing its BTW monitoring system for the first time at InnoTrans, as an effective means of combating and deterring cable theft. The key element of this new monitoring solution is an innovative sensor, known as “Automatic Break Transmission in Electrical Wire” (BTW). This can detect any cutting of cables almost in real time, and reports back to the central control station via a 3G telecommunications network. The data it relays is accurate to within 50 m, giving details of the location and the length of cable that has been removed. In this way the damaged section can be repaired and normal train operations can be resumed much faster, and theft-related delays can be significantly reduced too. A further advantage: theft can be prevented as a result of the deterrent effect. BTW also offers benefits from an operational perspective, because no construction work is needed for its installation, and there is therefore no additional financial outlay.
The display by Vossloh Espana at InnoTrans 2014 features the UKLIGHT diesel-electric locomotive, a successful member of its EUROLIGHT platform, which has been specifically designed for the UK market. With their powerful traction, low weight and modular platform these locomotives have been designed for flexible use on both passenger and freight services. Ballasted to 21.4 t per axle this locomotive can be deployed on all routes designated RA7 or higher. The Caterpillar C175-16 power unit delivers an output of 2,800 kW and a maximum speed of 160 km/h. The electric AC/AC traction system is supplied by ABB. The UKLIGHT complies with all EU directives and specifications such as TSI CR Noise 01/06-ST05 and Crash-EN 15227, as well as British standards in areas defined in the conventional TSI as country-specific requirements. Trade visitors attending InnoTrans will witness the world debut of the UKLIGHT in the livery of the British operator Direct Rail Service (DRS).
In order to extend the life cycle of track superstructure components Vossloh Fastening Systems has developed a new generation of sustainable fastening systems and components. They share a common feature: improved system performance. The New Generation NG is the result of systematic improvements to a range of fastening systems and components that have proven their effectiveness all over the world. Designed to match perfectly with angled, intermediate and base plates, the System 300 NG – the latest version of the System 300 – enables considerable savings to be made on materials. With its intelligent load distribution the innovative NG screw-plug combination results in a significant reduction in lateral forces when a high torque is applied. The components of the New Generation can be seen making their international debut on the Rail Infrastructure stand in Hall 26, and complete the company’s wide-ranging portfolio of economical system solutions, which are extremely robust and also demonstrate outstanding noise insulation properties.
With the NET 2012, the Karlsruhe version of the Citylink, Vossloh Kiepe and Vossloh Espana are presenting their modular, low floor light rail/tram at InnoTrans. The manufacturer reports that this is the first barrier-free light rail train/tram that can be used with low platforms in cities as well as on regional networks. Agile and with powerful brakes, when used as a tram the Citylink can cope with severe gradients as well as with tight curves with a radius of 22 m. This concept is notable for its low energy consumption and outstanding efficiency. Contracts have already been signed with operators in Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom for this multi-purpose vehicle, which is available with a choice of traction systems.
The 8003 railway dual mode excavator from Wacker Neuson is a new product making its first appearance at InnoTrans. The tried and tested 8003 compact excavator is now demonstrating its advantages for railtrack construction too. Its compact dimensions make it much more agile than the larger models that have been in use up to now, and this offers companies the potential for making savings both in their investment and their operating costs. For example, the 10 t excavator is ideal for working on embankments and verges, for track maintenance and modernisation, and for the upkeep and renewal of networks. As an option the 8003 railway compact excavator is also available with adjustable supporting arms. The integrated running gear for rail use is installed in the front on the pusher blade and at the rear on the undercarriage and is controlled hydraulically. The dual-mode excavator has been approved by DB and is equipped with the DB safety package and a built-in height limiting system for working in sensitive areas, such as under catenary wires.
WAGNER is exhibiting its latest innovation, TITANUS MULTI•SENS®, at InnoTrans 2014. This fire protection system is making its international debut in the railway sector. MULTI•SENS® has the remarkable ability to identify what is on fire. Like other devices in the TITANUS® range, the highly sensitive suction smoke alarm takes active samples from the ambient air and uses its optical detection system, “High Power Light Source”, to analyse them. All these devices are also highly sensitive and are not only able to detect a fire but also to analyse what is burning. This technology can distinguish between cigarette smoke and burning plastic and make the appropriate evaluation. As a result costly false alarms caused by prohibited smoking in train toilets are a thing of the past.
The electronic components used in railway equipment are subjected to extreme external conditions. Rolling stock and signalling installations are designed to provide complete safety, many decades of reliable use and the maximum maintenance free operation. The WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM 750 XTR provides automation in those areas where other systems reach the limits of their capabilities: 750 XTR operates in both cold and hot conditions (-40 °C to +70 °C) and continues to work effectively even when subjected to extreme levels of vibration and shock. Compared with other solutions, 750 XTR requires no additional protective measures, and can cope with climatic and mechanical forces as well as with any possible overvoltages and EMC interference. The 12 mm wide bit modular bus terminals offer flexibility, with more space available on the supporting rails, reduced maintenance costs and increased productivity. With all these features 750 XTR is fully capable of meeting the technical requirements imposed by railways.
With its “RockStar® HighPower“ end wall connector Weidmüller provides a compact high current connector system for high speed trains, in a universal shell. Designed for a maximum of 550 A and 1,500 V, the “RockStar® HighPower“ connector has been specially designed for transport applications and is compliant with DIN EN 61373 CAT – 1b (spring-mounted vehicle bodies), meeting an extensive range of requirements. The remit was for a flexible and compact plug-in unit with high performance, maintenance-free crimp connections, and one that is dust- and waterproof, impact resistant, easy to use and quick to install. The end wall connector, available in a three or four pin version, is housed in a robust, impact- and corrosion-resistant shell with IP 68 protection. The proven effectiveness of the crimp connection system makes it suitable for multiple, fine stranded and micro-stranded copper conductors of up to 240 mm2, and it can be connected up using standard crimping tools.
Complicated joints can often be avoided using bent metal profiles instead. In this way, optimum use can be made of even the tightest installation spaces. Moreover, welding and further processing costs can be avoided and handling effort can be minimised. This manufacturer produces special profiles and hollow profiles made of steel, stainless steel and nonferrous metals for a wide variety of sectors. The most distinctive characteristics of pre-bent parts made by Welser Profile are their extremely precise dimensions and their high-quality surfaces. At InnoTrans 2014, the company will be showing newly-developed and enhanced bent profiles for rolling-stock manufacturers. These products include side-panel profiles, door frames and roof frame bows, for example.
Westermo’s latest generation of industrial RedFox routing switches has been designed for edge networks, which are of such critical importance for companies. All seven of the new switch configurations can be equipped with SFP transceivers. Depending on the particular version, layer 3 routing devices are available with a minimum of three and a maximum of eleven Gbit ports. Type-tested RedFox units more than meet the requisite industrial standards in terms of EMC and insulation, as well as resistance to vibration and shock, and are suitable for use on rail track. The WeOS operatingsystem offers a unique set of IP security functions such as a multiport DMZ with internal port-based firewall function, as well as static and dynamic routing (OSPF), RIP, VRRP, NAT, port forwarding and VPN remote access. Other features include excellent data transfer and rapid restoration of redundant ethernet ring networks by means of the FRNT protocol. With a reconfiguration time of less than 20 ms, irrespective of the network load, this is one of the fastest redundancy protocols on the market.
The display by WISK at InnoTrans features its expanded SPRINT cable gland system, with the addition of a dedicated range designed for the rail industry. This new range complies with all the stipulations of DIN EN 45545. Since June 2013 products intended for railway use, together with the materials used in them, are tested for compliance with the new standard and conform to the same standards of quality throughout Europe. With its new Railway (RW) series this exhibitor offers a combination of multiple modularity and adherence to current standards. The RW series has successfully passed fire resistance tests, thereby ensuring compliance with E15 and E30. The entire RW range therefore meets the highest requirements imposed on materials used in the railway sector. WISKA is among the first European manufacturers to have successfully passed tests for a complete series of glands made using plastics, brass and stainless steel in compliance with this standard and in accordance with the highest hazard level, HL 3.
In 2011 the Jungfraubahn railway system placed an order with Stadler Bussnang and Zaugg Eggiwila for a locomotive specially designed for clearing snow. In addition to the customary task of clearing snow after heavy falls the vehicle is also deployed ahead of scheduled trains in order to clear wind-blown snow from the track. In and around stations a blower can be used to remove snow from points, while a snow plough clears between the rails along the track. Each cab has space for a driver and a mechanic. Radio remote control is used to give the locomotive the necessary operational flexibility. The ZAUGG two stage snow blower is powered by a 300 kW electric motor and maintains the same high level of efficiency for all kinds of snow. A hydraulically rotated ejector tube with adjustable flap can be directed to throw the snow a distance of between 10 and 35 metres.