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Zonegreen reaches order milestone

Zonegreen, the Sheffield-based rail industry specialist, is marking a major milestone in its 12-year history – the 2,000th order of its depot safety equipment.

The firm has secured a contract with VolkerFitzpatrick to install its flagship Depot Personnel Protection System (DPPS) at Nexus’ new facility for the Tyne and Wear Metro in Newcastle.

DPPS will be used to control a new four-road shed at the Gosforth depot, along with the wheel lathe road and underframe cleaning (UFC). This latest order follows hot on the heels of Zonegreen’s first project for Nexus, at its new skills centre in South Shields and continues a longstanding relationship with contractors, VolkerFitzpatrick.

Known as a leading expert in rail depot safety, Zonegreen combines the latest technology with engineering expertise to produce automated systems that protect staff by reducing the margin for human error. DPPS is installed in some of the most advanced maintenance facilities worldwide, including two in Australia and three in Qatar.

Christian Fletcher, Zonegreen’s technical director, said: “Reaching 2,000 orders is a significant achievement in just 12 years. It reflects our increasing popularity globally and the excellent professional relationships we have developed with key customers, such as Network Rail, Siemens, Hitachi, Alstom and Bombardier, to name but a few. Thankfully, the safety of personnel is now fundamental to the construction and refurbishment of rail maintenance facilities and our state-of-the-art systems are considered best in class.”

It is just four and a half years since Zonegreen reached 1,000 orders and since then, the popularity of its technology has grown exponentially, thanks to the launch of its New Generation DPPS in 2015. Improvements continue to be made to the high-tech system, for example, the recent introduction of radio frequency identification cards.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

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Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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