Every two years, the world’s rail industry packs its bags and travels to Berlin, Germany’s capital and, for four brief days, the capital of the world’s railway supply industry.
InnoTrans is billed as “the leading international trade fair for transport technology” and it’s huge – 41 exhibition halls with 3,500 metres of track outside where everything from tank wagons to high-speed trains are on show.
Inside, the show is split up into five divisions – railway technology, railway infrastructure, public transport, interiors and tunnel construction. 2,761 exhibitors from 55 countries will occupy 103,409 square metres of stand space. To use an alternative unit of measurement, that’s over 14 Wembley football pitches.
138,872 visitors from 146 countries will travel to Berlin and have four days to walk round that lot. So if you are going, wear comfortable shoes. And don’t pick up too many brochures as you will have to carry them all that distance!
The first impression is just how convenient it all is. The South entrance is just a few hundred metres from Messe Süd S-Bahn station, while the North Entrance is close to Theodor-Heuss Platz on the U-Bahn. Most hotels in Berlin are within easy reach of one of the two metro systems.
The show is open from 10:00 until 18:00 every day, and exhibitors often have receptions and entertainment after hours. Just listen for the music!
There is even an Oktoberfest tent, close to hall 17, and Rail Engineer will be there, supporting recruitment specialist Ford
& Stanley on the Wednesday evening, so look us up. We even have some free tickets to give away – email us at [email protected] railengineer.uk if you want one.
But that’s for after closing time. During the eight hours of each day that the show is open, what will visitors be able to see? With so many exhibitors, it is impossible to preview them all. However, here is a selection that will hopefully whet your appetite for Berlin.
Visitors to the Alstom stand (3.2/308) will embark on a journey to discover how the company masters all phases of its customers’ railway projects: design, build, operate and maintain as well as renew. Alstom will demonstrate, through tangible examples, how it accompanies its customers from project conception, through manufacturing, operation and maintenance, to renovation and renewal.
Alstom will also reveal its zero- emission train, for which it signed a letter of intent with Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden- Württemberg, and the Public Transportation Authorities of Hesse in 2014.
The highlight of Bombardier’s display (2.2/101) will be the Virtual Reality Lab, highlighting Innovation and offering a real-life view of the company’s latest products such as the Movia C30 metro for Stockholm. This will be the first time that an international audience can have a virtual tour of a vehicle before its rollout.
Partnership, the second of Bombardier’s three main topics, will highlight the company’s long- standing customer relationships and added value to operators. From overhaul and modernisation to operations, maintenance and long-term supply agreements, Bombardier’s service solutions improve a fleet’s reliability and optimise its life-cycle costs.
The Solutions exhibits will show Bombardier’s expertise in systems integration and connectivity. A Virtual Reality Integration Station will take visitors on an immersive journey into a city, enabling them to experience the full possibilities of system integration and see a sustainable city metro system come to life in the virtual world.
The big product launch will be the new Movia Maxx platform. Designed for rapidly growing cities around the world, the high capacity Movia Maxx metro offers maximum value based on a modular and flexible single solution that can be easily adapted to the specific requirements of operators.
Bombardier will also be launching its Optiflo solution. This covers a full range of after-market services including help desk, technical support, obsolescence management and asset and configuration management. It will premier Bombardier’s Infrastructure Management service, which provides hardware and software to capture and analyse diagnostic and performance data from signalling systems and products.
Although the Tata Steel rail team has been exhibiting at InnoTrans for many years, this will be the first exhibition for the company under its new ‘British Steel’ brand.
On stand 26/107, British Steel will be demonstrating its range of high performance rail products, designed to address specific industry
needs and respond to customers’ needs for more rail life with less maintenance.
Amongst products on display will be SF350 stress-free heat- treated rail, offering exceptional wear resistance with uniquely low residual stress, minimising the risk of foot fatigue, and ML330 premium grooved rail, offering enhanced wear resistance and weld-restorable for multiple lives.
For use in those aggressive environments where rail corrosion becomes a real problem, British Steel will be introducing Zinoco®, the most durable solution available on the market today.
Experts from both the British manufacturing plant at Scunthorpe and the French mill at Hayange will be on the British Steel stand to discuss technical and commercial options with international clients from all markets. No matter where a railway is, or what gauge it is, British Steel can help it run more efficiently and effectively.
ContiTech (9/401) has developed support-point bearings especially for rail tracks in metropolitan areas. Fitted between the sleeper and the rail, they reduce vibrations in a light rail system as well as the vibrations that would otherwise be transmitted to any surrounding buildings. In addition, spring elements made from rubber and metal can be used as engine and unit bearings in order to dampen any shock loading or vibrations from the track. At the same time, they absorb static loads and engine torque and reduce structure-borne noise.
With an extensive range of high-performance railway hoses, ContiTech is also helping to make modern rail transport safer. The hoses are made of high-quality rubber compounds which, as well as having a high level of flexibility, reliability, and durability, meet the latest fire-protection requirements.
ContiTech’s Benecke-Kaliko business unit develops innovative floor covering materials that are extremely hardwearing and weigh 700 grams less per square metre compared to standard flooring. The material is made up of high-performance polymers in conjunction with synthetic fabric and simultaneously offers excellent flame-retardant characteristics and waste gas properties.
DWG (25/222), suppliers of polyurethane life-extension products for track and infrastructure, will be featuring the WVCO range of maintenance equipment and materials at InnoTrans this year.
Spikefast is now fully approved for use on the UK’s rail infrastructure and DWG is now working with Network Rail to introduce it at training schools around the country as part of S&C reliability briefings.
In addition to the UK, DWG is now supplying Ireland, Belgium and Singapore, and has recently received approval to supply Zimbabwe.
Fastpatch is also approved for rail and transport infrastructure. Major breakthroughs have been street-running remedial works for Nottingham Tram Phase 2 and repairs on slab track for both Network Rail and London Underground. Other infrastructure areas that are using Fastpatch are Freightliner, Southampton Airport and PotterLogistics while, working with partners, the product is being used to repair airport taxiways and runways in Delhi, Colombo and Istanbul.
Ericsson (11.2/203 and 7.1b/215) is the driving force behind the Networked Society – a world leader in communications technology and services.
Together with Bombardier, Ericsson has just completed trials of LTE networks for railway solutions at simulated speeds of up to 200 kilometers per hour. A total of 11 tests were conducted in a laboratory to determine the ability of the LTE networks to support communications- based train control (CBTC) and multiservice solutions. Examples of multiservice solutions are closed-circuit television (CCTV), voice, platform information, advertising and Wi-Fi for passengers.
CBTC uses high-resolution location determination and high- capacity data communications – such as those enabled by LTE networks – to support automatic train protection, operation and supervision functions. With more accurate information about the exact positions of trains, operators can manage traffic in a more efficient and safe manner. CBTC systems are more reliable than older train control systems, require less wayside equipment, have built-in redundancy features, and enable operators to make optimal use of tracks and trains by responding to demand more swiftly and efficiently.
In the CBTC tests, the LTE networks achieved uplink and downlink latencies far below the threshold of 100 milliseconds and packet losses approaching zero (anything less than 0.5% was considered a pass mark). Quality of Service capabilities built into Ericsson’s equipment also allowed for the preemption and prioritisation of mission-critical railway services.
Austrian plastics manufacturer Faigle will present its portfolio of hanging straps on stand 8.2/105. From the simple basic version, through hanging straps with advertising space to a designer model with a stirrup shape, the Faigle portfolio offers a large choice of shapes and colours.
The basic Igostrap model offers a safe hold in the standing areas of trains, providing an open loop which is ready to be grabbed
and does not constrict the hand, even under load. The gripAd, which comes in five basic colours, includes space for an advertising
message on the strap while the topAdstrap has the advert fixed to the grab bar.
The stirrup shape of varioStrap is a modern alternative to the loop that provides a safe hold in emergency situations and offers a very comfortable and ergonomic grip.
Flexicon (2.2/206) will be showcasing what it claims to be the world’s best flexible conduit fitting for rail electrical and data installations that demand continuity of supply for safety critical and other applications.
The patented Flexicon UltraTM fitting combines a number of class- leading performance criteria. All- round teeth provide 360o strength to provide the strongest tensile strength available of up to 70kg and the highest levels of anti-vibration and shock protection. Unusually for such a high performance fitting, Flexicon Ultra has a one-piece construction, so there is no risk
of dropping parts on site and it minimises the risk of incorrect assembly. Itiseasilyinstalledusing a simple push and twist connection to the conduit and is tamper proof, but can be removed using a screwdriver if required.
Generating more relevant information with less effort, Frauscher Sensor Technology (25/232) makes it simpler for system integrators, as well as railway operators, to obtain the important information they need to operate, protect, manage and monitor their operational network.
At InnoTrans, the latest versions of the FAdC advanced axle counter, with the latest innovative functionality, will be on display.
So, too, will a brand new product line – Frauscher Tracking Solutions (FTS). Encouraging results from an evaluation of the use of fibre optic technologies within the wheel detection and train tracking industry, such as Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), convinced Frauscher to develop this new product line.
“This exciting and proven technology opens up a wide range of applications with the capability to track trains, monitor asset condition, secure infrastructure and protect personnel in real time using one single solution,” explained MichaelThiel,CEOFrauscherSensor Technology. Integrating DAS with well-proven railway technologies such as axle counters or wheel detection systems significantly improves the way trains are tracked, unlike any other existing technology and will lead to a revolution in railway operation.
The new Frauscher Alarming and Maintenance System (FAMS) offers operators a compact way to monitor all of their Frauscher axle counter components at a glance.
Diagnostic information generated by one or more Frauscher Diagnostic Systems (FDS) can be managed via this interface, which enables detailed planning of preventative as well as regular maintenance tasks. As a result, the FAMS can help to significantly improve the cost efficiency of train operations.
System integrators can speed up the configuration of the various components in their projects by using the new Frauscher Configuration Tool (FCT). This software supports users of varying experience with an intuitive approach for beginners as well as fast and direct configuration for experienced users. It provides immediate live information during configuration processes, in case an error occurs.
For double-checking the configuration, an overview table can be displayed instead of individual text files. Additionally, the software allows project templates for common system layouts to be saved and reused. As a result, by using FCT, significant savings can be made throughout a project’s configuration phase by minimising working times during system commissioning.
Both FAMS and FCT complement FAdC’s existing tools such as the Frauscher Diagnostic System (FDS), the Advanced Service Display (ASD) or the Adjustment and Maintenance Box (AMB). All of these tools and features make it simpler for railway experts to get, transmit, sort and use all the information they need from their systems – in line with Frauscher’s motto “Track more with less”.
Hitachi Rail Europe (4.2/304) will have a strong presence, focusing on its European successes and capabilities which draw on the Japanese headquarters’ expertise – from manufacture and maintenance of rolling stock to traction, signalling and digital railway products. For the first time, the brand will also exhibit alongside recent acquisitions Hitachi Rail Italy (previously AnsaldoBreda) and Ansaldo STS on the same stand, displaying a truly global company.
Centrepiece of the stand will be a large LED screen showcasing the new Hitachi global brand with full global production facilities. Interested visitors may take a seat and experience the systems for themselves whilst taking advantage of the latest augmented reality technology to walk through the new Hitachi metro trains and service delivery depot locations.
Visitors can also receive a demonstration of the Traffic Management System, which recently won Hitachi Rail Europe and Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe a contract to supply Thameslink TMS in the UK. The system is tried and tested in many of Japan’s busiest train control centres.
A display of the broader product range of the Hitachi Group, which includes metals and cabling systems, SiC traction and monorail solutions among many other products, will provide a more rounded picture of the breadth of the Hitachi offering.
Rail depot equipment specialist Mechan will be turning the spotlight on its flagship lifting jacks on stand 2.2/206E in the British Pavilion. A full-size working jack will form the centrepiece of the display and demonstrate its innovative Megalink controller. This patented system allows an unlimited number of units to be linked together and raised in perfect synchronicity by just one operator.
Under car lifting systems – sometimes known as engine removal tables – work with Mechan’s jacks in depots with flat floors. They comprise a powered lift table that travels laterally underneath the raised vehicle and engages with the engine raft. For other environments, under floor lifting equipment can be created to raise complete trains or single rail cars, reducing the time it takes to service components beneath the carriage.
Mechan is making a name for itself in the production of large-scale bespoke installations. It built the largest traverser in the UK for the Port of Felixstowe and can design cost effective products for any size or weight vehicle.
Some of the firm’s most popular bogie handling lines include turntables, lifters, lifting platforms and rotators, which provide
access to all areas of a bogie in an ergonomic and safe manner. When space is at a premium, low or high level stands and stacking frames are also essential for stowing spare bogies securely and efficiently.
Following build or repair, a bogie press is required to ensure the ride height is set correctly and Mechan usually advises clients to fit a spreader beam under the rails that transfers the bogie’s weight to the press structure, for better performance.
As maintenance times come under increasing scrutiny, equipment drops are a popular addition to depots, allowing the removal or replacement of complete bogies or under carriage equipment without decoupling vehicles. This makes a change feasible within two hours and can save valuable time on other under-floor work.
Rolls-Royce is to present its current and pioneering MTU- branded drive systems and service solutions on stand 18/301, including the MTU Hybrid PowerPack, the MTU Series 4000 locomotive engines and the company’s enhanced service offering to rail customers.
The Hybrid PowerPack teams a diesel engine with a combined electric motor and alternator plus a battery system for storing energy reclaimed during braking. This enables fuel savings of up to 25 per cent and a significant reduction in noise emissions. The MTU EnergyPack battery system is specially developed to meet the requirements of rail operators.
It complies with all relevant rail standards and has proven its reliability during endurance trials.
MTU’s Series 4000 locomotive engines cover a power range from 850 to 3,300kW. They combine high reliability and high power output with a compact, space-saving design. Over 2,800 Series 4000 rail engines have been shipped since 1996.
On show at the stand will be the most powerful member of the Series 4000 family: the 20V 4000 R63L, delivering 3,300kW, which is used in South Africa to power 232 goods locomotives made by Chinese manufacturer CRRC. The first locomotives were recently handed over to operator Transnet Freight Rail.
Nextsense (23/507), the optical sensor specialist known for its multifunctional Calipri C40 profile measurement device, has developed a product whose improved cost- benefit ratio means that error-prone wheel flange gauges now face serious competition.
Calipri Prime is based on advances in the laser light sectioning process, which projects a laser line onto the profile to be measured and captures the contour with a camera. The use of multiple laser lines to capture the shape of the profile, thereby eliminating the possibility that the device could tilt or distort the image, is a world first. The measurement device can be operated by hand thanks to this ‘trick’, which eliminates the possibility of user interference, thus making the results more consistently reproducible.
With this innovation, Nextsense has expanded its product range in the budget segment and is addressing the needs of workshop users, railway vehicle technicians and freight train operators.
The world’s leading provider of passenger and fleet connectivity solutions to the railway industry, Nomad Digital (4.1/215) offers a broad solutions portfolio to both train operators and train builders which facilitates a significantly enhanced passenger experience through improved fleet reliability and availability, energy efficiency, lower operating costs and improved safety.
Daily on-stand demonstrations will cover a range of subjects, including how Nomad’s new suite of insightful, monitoring tools enables train operators and builders to gather data and make informed decisions to really understand the performance of their on-board connectivity solutions – both in real-time and with historical data. The suite includes ND Monitor for proactive real-time issue detection, ND Fleetview which enables short- term aggregated fleet operations reporting and ND Insight for long- term performance analysis.
In addition, Nomad Tech – Nomad’s joint venture with EMEF – will also be showcasing the latest implementations of its portfolio, including live demonstrations of three active customer solutions.
NT Eco supports energy saving and management techniques by putting drivers at the forefront of the energy management initiative – one customer has already recorded energy savings of 9·3% in the live environment.
NT Maintain merges remote condition monitoring, reliability-centred maintenance methodology and in-depth railway industry knowledge to support operators to improve the cost and quality of the maintenance of their assets. This provides sizable business improvements, by increasing reliability (by up to 30 per cent) and availability (by up to 20 per cent), therefore reducing life-cycle costs.
NT Power is a technological power traction refurbishment solution for power traction converters, with significantly economic, environmental and technical improvements – 12·5 per cent energy savings achieved by IGBT unit over GTO drive during in-service trials.
Plasser & Theurer
Under a framework contract, Deutsche Bahn receives maintenance vehicles meeting both uniform design requirements and high quality criteria. The TIF tunnel inspection vehicle from DB’s new fleet programme demonstrates the outstanding manufacturing quality of Plasser & Theurer.
The Unimat 09-32/4S Dynamic E3 on show travels and works with the new hybrid drive car. E3 stands for economic – ecologic – ergonomic. Visit the two machines in the outdoor exhibition grounds at T8/45 and T9/44.
Another focus will be placed on Plasser & Theurer’s diverse range of tamping machines, which offer applications for any field and different performance categories. Common features of all machines are their ease of operation and control including track geometry handling.
In addition to the newly developed universal tamping unit for tracks and turnouts, Plasser & Theurer will introduce ‘the smart machine’ on stand 26/222. The diverse range of tamping machines provides the right machine for every field of application and different output categories. However, all machines have one thing in common: the simple operation and control including the handling of the track geometry.
Austrian track specialist Rhomberg Sersa (25/310) will be coming together with the Swissrail Industry Association to host a three- floor display with plenty of space for exhibiting products and holding talks with trade visitors.
Mechanised maintenance of tracks in all gauges is one of Rhomberg Sersa’s specialities – measuring, aligning, levelling and compacting ballasted tracks using an optimum array of resources.
Railway tunnels are particularly prone to problems so maintenance and replacement work requires extensive know-how. The Group’s expertise covers the restoration of track-bed and track, dampness elimination, and widening tunnels to increase clearances.
Rhomberg Sersa ia a slab track specialist and has experience with systems such as Rheda 2000, LVT, ÖBB/PORR and others, as well as the company’s own slab track technology (IVES) and state-of-the- art solutions for the construction of transitions between slab track and ballasted track.
Rosehill Rail (21/203), the rapidly expanding manufacturer of modular rubber railway crossing systems, is expecting to welcome a record number of visitors to its stand following the announcement last month that its level crossing systems have been homologated in Germany.
Andrew Knight, Rosehill Rail’s export manager, said: “We’re seeing strong demand for our products from around the world as rail authorities focus on improving efficiency and reliability, while minimising disruption and cost. With this, and the recent approval by
the German Railway Authority, I’m confident that this will be our most successful InnoTrans to date. This event is an excellent opportunity to raise our profile even further and we’re looking forward to meeting new and existing colleagues from around the world.”
The company will also be displaying its unique Anti-Trespass panels which can be used on-track or off-track to help reduce the risk associated with level crossings. The panels, which have been approved by rail authorities across the world, are a proven physical and visual deterrent to trespassers attempting to access the track and prohibited areas.
Knight continued: “Our Anti- Trespass panels are a cost effective solution to help reduce risk. Plus, they’re simple and quick to install, can be used with all crossing systems and can be cut-to-fit around track infrastructure, providing rail companies with the flexibility they need.”
By the year 2050, an estimated 70 per cent of the world’s population will be living in cities. As a result, people will expect to have solutions available that make their daily mobility needs simpler, more flexible, faster, more reliable and affordable. Cities, on the other
hand, face the challenge of reducing the costs, space requirements,noise and CO2 emissions of transportation. Addressing these needs, Siemens (4.2/203) will be focusing on “rethinking mobility” – digital innovations that will make the mobility industry more competitive and create more attractive mobility solutions.
Using special connectivity solutions, Siemens technicians have regular access to vehicle data via redundant and highly secure wireless links. This data is then analysed to calculate fault predictions and identify its source. Siemens is the first company in the rail industry to operate a special data analysis centre for this purpose, located in Munich, Germany.
It is also possible to automate functions on regional and long- distance rail transport. For this purpose, proven systems used
in metros for the automatic acceleration and braking of vehicles (Automatic Train Operation – ATO) will be coupled with the European Train Control System (ETCS). Such an “ATO over ETCS” system is currently being installed for London’s Thameslink project. Such partly automated driver operation will be the basis for further developments. The goal is to also have fully automated operations in long- distance rail transport by 2030.
Digitalisation will revolutionise the way people get around. Connectivity is the key to providing greater passenger safety and comfort. Siemens offers state-of- the-art communication solutions that enable the use of Internet and entertainment offerings, integrate video surveillance and travel information, and coordinate intermodal transport services.
Thanks to comprehensive information and the extensive support of passengers, travel will be substantially simpler, safer and more comfortable.
In addition to its stand in hall 4.2, Siemens will have six vehicles on display outside in area 0/400. These will be the new broad-gauge Vectron locomotive that will begin service in Finland in 2017, the ÖBB cityjet which can be used both as a light-rail variant for urban service or as a regional train, the Velaro high-speed train which is already in service in Turkey, one of 74 driverless metro trains for the Riyadh metro system in Saudi Arabia, an Avenio low-floor tram which will operate completely without overhead power lines in Doha, Qatar, and the new Desiro City Class 707 for South West Trains in the UK.
Telent (4.1/223) will be showcasing how the company’s station management system, known in the rail market as MICA, integrates with call managers such as Cisco’s CUCM to provide management and monitoring of GAI-Tronics help points.
Extremely simple to operate, MICA has the scope to integrate multiple applications and devices so they can be controlled through a single, customisable, comprehensive user interface. It has already been used extensively to aid migration from analogue to IP CCTV, and this is equally true for voice systems. Its ability to simultaneously manage and provide alarm information for IP SIP, POTs and GSM-R devices give operations the ability to support a mixed implementation and a gradual migration between technologies.
MICA has been designed to aid the management of mass transit environments where the operators are operational staff and not IT experts, and has been deployed on some of the busiest stations in the world such as Waterloo and Stratford underground stations, and at Reading, the most recently upgraded of Network Rail’s major stations.
Thales (4.2/103) will be giving visitors to InnoTrans the opportunity to immerse themselves in a journey through its interactive digital walls and discover a unique portfolio of solutions for main line rail and urban transport.
There will be the chance to discover Thales’ vision of a modern train-centric signalling system based on the European Train Control System (ETCS) standard, experience how video analytics can improve the security of transport infrastructure, see how cloud analytics and augmented reality technologies will reduce the cost of rail infrastructure services, compare SelTracTM CBTC systems from over 15 different operators from around the world, learn from cyber-security experts how to protect critical systems from external attacks and prepare for the future with mobile ticketing application and proximity detection technology.
There will also be the chance for visitors to meet experts from Thales’ technology and integration centres and ask them all the questions they always wanted to on rail technology and systems.
Travel Catering and Comfort Services
Travel today means a lot more than just getting from one place to the next, the journey is also something to be enjoyed. The Travel Catering and Comfort Services (TCCS) area, part of the Interiors segment, provides exhibitors with ideal surroundings in which to present catering equipment and services as well as comfort items since the dedicated TCCS themed route will bring interested trade visitors directly to the relevant exhibition stands.
Key players as well as small and medium-sized companies are again staging wide-ranging displays of their ranges of catering products and services. The Travel Catering and Comfort Services area provides trade visitors with details about on-board kitchen equipment, disposable and re-usable tableware and bistro lifts as well as galleys, trolleys and coffee makers. The items on offer also include exclusive foods and beverages for serving on board. Sonatural – GL from Portugal is a new exhibitor with a range of juices, all made from fresh fruit. Some of them are obtained from the protected region of Alcobaça and have also been granted PDO classification by the European Union in recognition of the high quality of these products.
In addition to a balanced range of high quality food and beverages, the ideal journey should also provide rail customers with outstanding levels of service. Among the newcomers from this sector this year is Kaelis On Board Services from Spain. The company focuses on items such as headphones, blankets, cushions, care products and toys. Other new exhibitors in this field are bb-inflight GmbH from Germany, RONA from Slovakia and SZIC Industrial Company from China.
“For us, InnoTrans is the most important event for our train business, and our presence gets larger every time,” states Laura Lane from the LSG Group, a leading international full-service partner from Germany. Other global players in the On-Board Catering and Services sector include Newrest Group International SAS from France.
Special rail vehicles must be able to handle special requirements, and reliability, availability and flexibility are top priorities. The new S111 Turbo Transmission from Voith (1.2/220) fulfils these characteristics using proven technology and is already demonstrating this in China. Two-axle tender vehicles, which are equipped with a crane, flatbed or personnel cabin, are used in applications such as track maintenance and operators must be able to rely on these vehicles to start reliably, maintain availability, and avoid break downs. As a hydrodynamic transmission, the new Voith S111 Transmission ensures that these criteria are fulfilled.
The Voith transmission is designed for maximum engine powers of 280 kW and 1800 Nm with one converter and one coupling. This is adequate for lower-powered special vehicles – robust, heavily driven machines which have to have a long service life and be easy to maintain. This is accomplished through hydrodynamics technology, which protects the engine and drive components as it decouples vibrations. Stepless starting and an automatic speed adjustment without interruption of tractive effort are other positive features.
The extremely compact design, based on the innovative superimposing gear and an indirect bearing concept, has been particularly successful, particularly during maintenance. This is partly due to the fact that all controls related to maintenance and service are located on the left side of the transmission, making them easier to see and to access.
York EMC Services (YES – 26/117) is an established market leader in the provision of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) services to the rail industry with over 20 years’ experience of providing consultancy, training and testing services. The UK-based company counts many of the major rolling stock manufacturers, infrastructure contractors and other suppliers to the rail industry as its customers.
YES has a proven track record in EMC Management, solving EMC problems and demonstrating compliance for major projects worldwide, including the London Underground power upgrade, Crossrail, MTR in Hong Kong and the Gautrain in South Africa.
Chief Executive Nick Wainwright commented “As our reputation and success grows, we are continually looking to expand our services into new geographical markets in order to take advantage of the huge levels of investment in rail in Europe and further afield.
InnoTrans has established itself as an internationally renowned exhibition for the rail sector, with exhibitors representing almost 50 countries; the perfect platform for us to showcase our services to an international audience.”
YES’s decision to exhibit at Innotrans 2016 was influenced by the opportunity to be part of the Great British Railway Infrastructure Pavilion in Hall 26, with its unique branding and presentation. Visitors will be able to see YES’s broad range of EMC services dedicated to the rail industry and discuss solutions designed to ensure a safe and reliable railway.