Scott Parnell has taken the initiative to embrace products that provide both commercial and on-site benefits and that has started with the ArcoSystem elevated trough. The company is the sole supplier in the UK of this innovative product that is the only elevated GRP trough approved by Network Rail to span six metres between fixings.
This has been proven time and time again to provide huge monetary savings on both installation time and labour costs. It is a further example of the different ways Scott Parnell drives market growth.
Also showcased will be the brand-new smaller Size Zero Range for Fibre and Telecom Cables.
There are more new products to be launched at Infrarail this year including a walkway system that will integrate directly with the ArcoSystem and a GRP Palisade fence system that will provide answers to the questions raised about the current offering regarding resistance to vandalism and strength.
Sekisui Chemical is a leading developer and manufacturer of railway sleepers manufactured from FFU (fiber-reinforced foamed urethane) synthetic wood.
First developed in 1978, some 2,300,000 synthetic wood sleepers have now been used on 1,400km of track, mainly on open-deck ridges and for S&C.
Following its use in Japan since 1980, FFU was first used in Europe by the Vienna public transport system Wiener Linien on the Wienfluß Bridge project in 2004.
In the UK, the first trial took place in Ashford in 2014, followed by others in Faversham and Rochester in 2015 and 2016. The final bridge sleeper certification of FFU synthetic wood sleepers with a height of ≥12cm was given by Network Rail in December 2017
London Underground’s first installation was in 2016 and FFU since received full acceptance by LUL. In 2017, Iarnród Éireann installed its first bridge in Limerick with FFU technology.
FFU has the life expectancy of high quality plastic and the weight of natural wood.
Telice has, since 1973, installed and maintained rail electrification, signalling and communication systems for the rail industry. It has also provide a varied portfolio of technical products and solutions, such as Overhead Contact Line (OCL) measurement trolleys, local and remote control of OCL disconnectors and electrical point heaters.
In its native Spain, Telics is a prime contractor for conventional and high-speed electrification projects, covering the entire project lifecycle, from design, to procurement, installation, testing and maintenance.
This extensive experience in the area of catenary and contact line solutions has led to the development of the tCat® workstation, made to facilitate and speed up the design, installation and maintenance phases of OCL equipment. The tCat is an easily operable and lightweight device that uses LiDAR, amongst other advanced technologies.
The latest version of tCat will be on show at Infrarail to infrastructure owners and those responsible for overhead lines on tram, light rail and conventional railways.
Terram Geosynthetics is a brand of Berry Global, providing a unique range of nonwoven fabrics and value-engineered solutions. For over 40 years, It has been the leading name to consistently deliver innovative and cost-effective geosynthetic solutions for the rail industry.
A geosynthetic provides one or more of four functions when used in track-bed construction: separation to maintain the integrity of adjacent soil types and prevent intermixing, filtration to prevent leaching of soil particles, drainage to allow the free passage of water and reinforcement to provide additional strength.
The range includes innovative geosynthetic solutions for permanent way applications where loss of rail track alignment caused by subgrade erosion leads to costly maintenance and the complication caused by having to plan and temporarily close the track for its renewal.
Specific applications include extending track-bed life using geosynthetics, preventing clay pumping, preventing sub-grade erosion, supporting ballast over weak subgrades, earth reinforcement for embankments and controlling erosion on railway slopes.
Unipart Rail – G30
Unipart Rail has developed the concept of an integrated condition-based supply chain as the seamless management of real-time data and information, combined with multiple data sources relating to the asset, to deliver increased operational efficiencies and maintenance savings.
This concept is a natural development for Unipart Rail as it brings together several existing and emerging technologies and capabilities into a complete digital ecosystem. To power the system, it needs data that is collected and combined from multiple sources. Condition Based Monitoring (CBM) sensors are one source of data but other useful information can be used to help monitor and predict the need for replacement parts.
CBM data can be combined with historical demand patterns, defect, warranty and repairable reports and vehicle maintenance schedules to make the ecosystem work deliver increased benefits.
The recent acquisition of Instrumentel, which has driven innovation in providing electronic sensors for exacting environments such as Formula 1 engines and nuclear power plants, has given Unipart Rail an excellent capability to monitor asset condition and provide actionable information to clients as well as complimentary supply chain systems.
Instrumentel provides the full suite of sensor technologies, diagnostic hubs, data centre and user portals to view and access the outputs of the data. These tools are being used across the portfolio of Unipart Rail’s information systems to provide a unified visual interface to access the performance data that is available to clients.
Variable Message Signs – E30
Variable Message Signs (VMS) will be displaying a range of lightweight LED Rail Signals. Of particular interest this year will be two new products; a Compact Colour Light Signal and a Combined Route Indicator.
The compact CLS uses the same electronics and light engine as existing VMS MkII signals, so it can be configured as medium or long range, narrow or wide beam as required by the application. The new enclosure design minimises the space envelope occupied by the signal, making it suitable for applications where physical restrictions prevent installation of the standard signal.
In addition to simply reducing the overall size of the signal, the enclosure has been redesigned to allow lineside replacement of individual modules. This is something VMS will be demonstrating on its stand as well as explaining the full range of features offered by their innovative LED signals.
The existing VMS Standard and Miniature Route Indicators are designed with a fully populated array of LEDs that can be configured at the point of manufacture using a programmable logic array. This provides an extremely high level of flexibility in the alphanumeric indicators as almost any combination of LEDs in the array can be illuminated.
VMS has developed an interesting application for these signals, a new concept called CARI, Combined Route Indicator. In this configuration, up to 20 combinations of SARI or MARI aspects can be selected and displayed on the same unit. This eliminates the need for two separate indicators, saving both space and costs for locations where two separate signals cannot be accommodated.