How Technology Drives The Future of Rail

Shanghai, China - November 21, 2016: Maglev train leaving the station. The maglev train located in Shanghai, China is the fastest train around the world, which can run at the speed of 268mph.

New technology can help railroads achieve new safety milestones, minimize their impact on the environment as well as maintain an edge in the economy globally. Railroad technology is on the verge of new innovations and the future of rail is coming. New systems are already harnessing large amounts of data that can be used to improve the reliability, safety and efficiency of railways. As we look towards the future, there are a series of federal regulations that are working to encourage railroads into implementing exciting new technology. Here are some of the latest systems in development and implementation across the United States

Fuel Management

New fuel management systems assess everything including wind speed, train weight, track grading and more. These are new systems that are helping locomotives to save fuel and making them up to four times more efficient than truck freights. 

Smart Drive

Positive train control is an infrared system that analyzes hundreds of variables to counteract human error on railway lines. This automated system can safely stop the train faster than any human and protect lives and cargo during an emergency.

Big Data Solutions

Tier 4 locomotives are outfitted with a series of sensors that can generate ongoing performance readings. Using these readings can help with making adjustments efficiency in every aspect of the industry. 

Inspection Monitoring

Automated inspection equipment can check on track integrity and flag problem systems for improved maintenance. 

Smart Sensors

Smart sensors are available on almost every component of the locomotive and along the track to identify worn components on passing trains and improve scheduling analytics. 

These are just a few of the top elements that are making locomotives smarter and safer than ever before. Contact us to learn more about the future of railway technology. 

This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Swartz Engineering. For nearly a half a century, Swartz Engineering has been at the forefront of industry safety. They are a family-owned company specializing in power distribution for the electrical industry. They are the leading manufacturer of DC 82 relay. DC 82 relay is designed to be used on light and heavy rail systems


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