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Helping to build better and safer trains

16 March 2016

Eaton demonstrates its focus on the rail industry with the dedicated ‘Mobile Technology Days’ roadshow.

Image courtesy of Eaton
Image courtesy of Eaton

Eaton launched its roadshow, the ‘Mobile Technology Days’, to demonstrate to existing and new customers the company’s full suite of electrical and hydraulic products that help train builders and railway operators improve safety and drive profitability. Eaton’s branded truck will be visiting over 35 railway operators, rolling stock manufacturers and OEMs across the globe between 9-22 March. 

You can follow the roadshow here

To coincide with its roadshow, Eaton announced a new range of hydraulic hoses that meet the new European fire safety standard EN45545-2. Effective March 2016, the standard will replace the current national fire safety standard and will be suitable for applications such as on-board hydraulic lines, air brakes and door systems. The hose also meets R22/HL3 and R23/HL3 requirements and each has been independently tested against three parameters; ISO4589-2 for oxygen index, ISO5659-2 for smoke density and NF X 70-100-1 and -2 for smoke toxicity. 

Eaton has also launched two new whitepapers dedicated to the rail industry. The first whitepaper, Energising a sustainable rail system, addresses the challenges of choosing a modern medium voltage electrical system. It also voices the concerns of the company on the dangers of using SF6 gas in medium voltage switchgear and details the benefits of pre-packaged sub-stations in relation to total cost of ownership. 

The second whitepaper, How to remotely control and relocate the circuit protection function, explains how train operators can take the opportunity to reduce on-board equipment dimensions to increase passenger safety and comfort. This is done by using remote breaker re-set technology which lowers the cost of ownership through reduced operation and maintenance costs. This whitepaper mainly demonstrates the technical principles of operation and the key advantages of new technology for the rail industry.

To help deliver a complete rolling stock package to the rail industry, Eaton have partnered with A.E. Petsche who will provide a full range of power management technologies for rolling stock applications. This includes customised and standard power convertors, hydraulic-magnetic circuit breakers and smart fuses. 

Eaton’s work within the rail industry means the company can now provide a range of high-reliability standard and bespoke products to improve rolling stock safety, reduce maintenance downtime and lower energy consumption. 

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