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Infrarail 2016 preview: Part 2

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Advanced enclosures have many built-in features

Rittal E15

Rittal will be showcasing a range of Network Rail-approved outdoor enclosure systems including a range of double- walled CS enclosure systems used extensively in long line PA applications as well as on level crossing controls.

Made of the aluminium alloy, AlMg3, which offers exceptional corrosion resistance, the CS enclosure has many built-in features including fan and filter cooling, and anti-graffiti Ri-Nano paint finish, 19” angles front and rear, fan trays, light units and door mounted switches, telescopic shelves, heaters and temperature controllers.

For installations of outdoor free-standing enclosures, there are custom-built Rittal pre-cast concrete base/plinths which significantly reduce the time and cost of the install, as well as preventing disruption to services by removing the need to mix concrete and remove waste from site.

Other key products in the range include wall-mounted boxes and pole-mounting kits to fasten metal and non-metal enclosures to round and square poles.

Connecting you with the rail industry

Rail Media D71

Rail Media creates opportunities for you to connect. Whether that is to industry news, with like-minded professionals or finding the ideal candidate for a role within your company, Rail Media has it covered.

RailStaff magazine focuses on the people within the rail industry. It contains regular monthly features that include safety, training, interviews and new products, and is distributed to stations, depots and academies up and down the country.

Sister publication Rail Engineer, written by engineers for engineers, covers major projects and technology advances around the network, whether they relate to infrastructure or to rolling stock. No matter if your interest is new station construction, the challenges of coping with Victorian bridges or the latest on-board signalling and train management systems, you’ll find it all in Rail Engineer.

Global Rail News is Rail Media’s international news website, providing daily updates about the global rail industry from the awarding of multi-million euro train orders to the completion of major infrastructure projects. Together with online versions of RailStaff and Rail Engineer, which is also available for smartphones and tablets, it is a key part of Rail Media’s digital offering.

When just reading about a topic isn’t enough, then Rail Media’s events are the place to be. You can learn about topics in depth at one of the Rail Summits, which cover topics as varied as safety, sustainability, BIM and the digital railway. Or you can network with colleagues and customers at the Rail Exec Club. Finally, recognise excellence at our two industry awards evenings – the RailStaff Awards and the Most Interesting Awards.

Having good people is the key to success, and the industry’s own recruitment job board – RailwayPeople.com – can help you find just the right person for that crucial role. With RailStudents.com, for graduates and apprentices, and GlobalRailJobs.com for those international posts, Rail Media has it covered.

Signal – the protection you need

Safeaid Supplies A22

The Safeaid stand will be a platform to showcase the most innovative PPE and workwear clothing brand in the rail industry – signal workwear.

Safeaid [online]The high quality range includes footwear, hi-vis clothing, workwear and eyewear. Every product within the range has been developed with the wearer in mind – ensuring workers are not only protected but in maximum comfort all day long. Having a brand that is specific to the Rail industry provides that reassurance that products fully meet all the required industry standards.

Innovation is at the heart of the Signal brand and there will be a number of new products on display – including the latest technology in safety eyewear with anti-mist, anti-scratch properties on both sides of the lens, touch- sensitive workwear gloves and the very latest in flame-retardant garments.

Signal Workwear is exclusive to Safeaid Supplies, which has been supplying the UK’s rail workforce for 40 years.

Synthetic timbers for bridge repairs

Sekisui Chemical A74

Sekisui FFU synthetic wood was installed for the first time in the United Kingdom in 2014. Network Rail fitted out two railway bridges on the Ashford to Hastings line with longitudinal ‘timbers’ and sleepers manufactured from FFU (Fibre-reinforced Foamed Urethane).

The longitudinal ‘timbers’, manufactured by Sekisui in Japan, measured 41cm wide x 37cm high x 745cm long, a global first for installed FFU units of that size.Sekisui [online]

The undersides of the FFU sleepers, which were positioned on top of the longitudinal baulks, were milled at the factory in order to achieve predefined track geometry.

One year after this installation, in October 2015, Network Rail issued a certificate of Acceptance (PA05/06254) for FFU sleepers of this type. Then, in November 2015 and January 2016, further Network Rail projects used baulks with the baseplate directly fixed on them. These were even larger 52 x 54 x 722cm.

To see FFU technology for yourself, visit Sekisui on stand A74 during your visit to Infrarail.

Modular access for safety

Semmco D30

Semmco designs and manufactures a range of smart, safety-conscious access equipment for the maintenance of railway stock and is known within the industry as a UK leader for quality in its field.

SemmcoThe Semmco access solutions offer new concepts in access equipment for:

  • Windscreen wiper platforms
  • Pit boards offering safety railings, safety gates and safe pit access
  • Door bar solutions
  • Lightweight, multi-height front access
  • Fixed and variable height side access
  • Roof access
  • Small hop up steps/Carriage interior access steps
  • Working platforms
  • Depot gantry and fixed working systems
  • Peco Platform and Eco Lift – moveable low access platforms

The lightweight aluminium construction offers a modular structure to suit customers’ current and future requirements for either fixed or portable installations.

Committed to quality, safety and reliability throughout innovative designs to provide safe and cost effective engineering solutions, Semmco has moved to a well equipped, 13,000sq.ft engineering facility to assist with increased production and manufacturing demands.

Highly durable label system

Silver Fox F44

Silver Fox® has developed a label that is especially beneficial for the rail industry. The low-smoke zero-halogen Fox-Flo® tie-on cable label is also suitable for outdoor use, having been successfully independently tested for 8,000 hours of accelerated UV ageing.

Fox-Flo is available in yellow, white, blue, red, magenta or orange as well as yellow with green.

When ordering, both Network Rail Category and PADS numbers are available.Silver Fox

Print directly onto the label using the innovative labelling solution Fox-in-a-Box® – Silver Fox has an extensive range of highly durable labels for use on both thermal and laser printers.

Additionally, the company offers a pre-printed service and bespoke engraved labels, available in Traffolyte, acrylic or stainless steel. New to the range are Fox-Flo LS0H adhesive labels and Prolab® raised profile asset tags.

Depending on the label type, Silver Fox has successfully tested its labels for high/low temperature and salt mist spray. Fox-Flo is authorised for use by Network Rail, Crossrail and LUL.

Managing stations with MICA

telent C19

Telent will again be collaborating with GAI-Tronics, in conjunction with Cisco, 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.

Telent 1 [online]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 the Network Rail major stations.

Fire-resistant fibre optic cables

Tratos E21

Tratos has achieved product approval from Italy’s principal certification body, IMQ*, for its new Tratos Dual Fire Barrier fibre optic communications cable.

The small, compact, lightweight cable, meets several exacting industry standards and has been designed specifically for underground and metro systems, and London Crossrail. With its ease of installation and ZHLS (Zero Halogen Low Smoke) sheathing, the cable is one of the first products to have achieved the requirements of LU1-085, BS EN 187000:1994 and IEC 60794-1-2.

Tratos has manufactured cables for rail and mass transit applications for the past ten years. The company specialises in the production of signalling, power, control and telecommunications cables and is a supplier to Ferrovie Dello Stato, Alstom, Bombardier, Ansaldo Breda and Hitachi. Tratos has DVE, Lloyds Register, IMQ, PT and LUL approval.Tratos

The company designs innovative, fire resistant products for high- speed rail applications and is often called upon to develop products that meet high quality industry as well as specific client specifications. Tratos will exhibit its full range of Rail and Mass Transit cables at Infrarail this year.

The company’s structural expansion continues in the UK with its Knowsley plant, completed late last year, increasing four-fold. An additional £4 million will facilitate new machines to speed up and increase capacity for the UK’s second largest cable manufacturer by September this year.

This year, Tratos, which employs more than 300 people in five factories in Italy and the UK, celebrates 50 years of designing and developing electrical, electronic and fibre optic cable solutions. Visit stand E21 to find out why.

Connecting employers and job seekers

The Recruitment Wall E77

The Recruitment Wall, powered by RailwayPeople.com, forms an area publicising details of exhibitors’ job opportunities, aiming to match those with the skills of visitors seeking career development.

Exhibitors are encouraged to display up to five vacancies free of charge. Within the region of 235 exhibitors at the show, that adds up to a lot of jobs!

Staff from RailwayPeople.com will be on hand to work with both employers seeking staff and show visitors looking to expand their horizons. School leavers, apprentices, graduates and experienced railway staff can all drop in to see what’s on offer, while any company in the industry can also enquire about the best ways to recruit.

Launched in 2001, RailwayPeople. com provides the perfect platform to fill your vacancies. RailwayPeople. com know that attracting the right candidates to your career opportunities is important so they offer a range of products and services to help you achieve this. Located on stand E77 in the main hall at Infrarail, the Recruitment Wall is available throughout the exhibition.

Lightweight trough design and replacement lids

Trojan Services D11

Trojan has introduced a new C1/43 polymer trough as a result of the recent manual handling ban.

Trojan C1_43Whilst there are other polymer alternatives on the market, the new Trojan troughs feature a polymer lid designed to interact with existing concrete bases, an existing feature of the TroTrof C1/9.

This means that the long- standing issue of damaged and broken lids on existing C1/43 installations can easily be replaced with stronger, lighter polymer lids. It means longer use of concrete bases, less disruption and shorter possession times to refurbish cable routes, whilst operating within the new ORR manual handling guidelines.

With the new design currently on trial with Network Rail at Exeter, Trojan staff will be on hand to discuss its benefits with Infrarail visitors.

Protect steel for over 60 years

Wedge Group Galvanizing A70

Wedge Group Galvanizing has worked on many rail projects, so is well aware of the needs and constraints of the industry, and is proud to be an audited approved supplier for the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS).

Hot-dip galvanizing involves steel being cleaned and then dipped into molten zinc at temperatures up to 450oC, where a series of zinc-iron layers are formed by a metallurgical reaction between the iron and zinc, creating a long- lasting, durable coating. Because it forms alloy layers with the iron in the steel it is much more robust than other coatings which only bond chemically or mechanically and can easily be damaged.

Wedge 1Galvanizing really comes into its own when it comes to sustainability, with a single treatment able to coat a product inside and out, as well as being able to protect steel for over 60 years or longer if the conditions are right. As a result, the whole life costs of products protected by hot- dip galvanizing can be significantly reduced because there is no need for expensive downtime and the inconvenience of repeated on-site maintenance and repair.

Recent projects include the £25 million project to transform  Edinburgh’s Haymarket station into a major transport link, with over 200 tonnes of steel galvanized for the production of canopies installed above the station’s newly extended platforms. The refurbishment works at Liverpool Street station also saw over 100 tonnes of steel protected long term with hot dip galvanizing.

So no job is too big for Wedge Group Galvanizing. Visit stand A70 to find out more.

Radio devices added to YES capability

York EMC C36

York EMC Services (YES) is a leading compliance service provider offering testing, consultancy, training and specialised EMC instrumentation.

York EMC [online]The company has recently expanded its UKAS accreditation to add the testing of products containing a radio function to its increasing portfolio. Short Range Devices (SRDs) feature amongst YES’s initial accreditation encompassing products ranging from key fobs to security alarms. In addition, YES’s accreditation also covers aspects of the testing for Wideband Transmission Systems in the 2.4 GHz band and Broadband Radio Access Networks operating at 5 GHz.

YES has also been awarded five stars in its most recent RISQS (Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme) audit, formerly known as Link-up. This is the highest score that can be achieved and demonstrates that a company’s business management system meets the health, safety, operational and competence standards required for working in the rail environment.


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