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Guillaume Rey

Worldwide ERICO RAIL Sales Director
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The Pivotal Role Of Railclips in Preserving Rail Conductors [VIDEO]

Posted by Guillaume Rey on Jan 2, 2018 8:01:00 AM

Along the tracks of an electric powered train, electrical conductors provide potential to the system. When rail conductors are damaged or broken, downtime, costly maintenance and new equipment can follow.

To keep conductors in their place and functional, ERICO recommends railclips. These come in a variety of designs to accommodate unique tracks around the world.

Check out the video above for a look at how railclips are installed, or continue reading below to learn why railclips can make or break a system’s effectiveness and efficiency.

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Topics: Railway Protection

The Best Rail Switch Heater to Fight the Cold

Posted by Guillaume Rey on Nov 14, 2017 8:03:00 AM

Depending on your climate during the winter months, many modes of transportation—planes, trucks, and ships—become less reliable and safe. This means railways can capitalize on more winter business by being the most reliable transportation method in cold-weather climates.

Unfortunately, without the proper systems in place, the cold, ice and snow can present problems of their own on the tracks.

Most aspects of a railway can withstand below-freezing temperatures and run as usual. The switch point, however, is vulnerable under cold, wintery conditions.

Like a chain that is only as strong as its weakest link, a defective switch point— responsible for guiding trains from one track to another—can cause delays across the railway.

Read on for the problems switches must overcome in harsh winter climates, potential solutions and which product performs best.

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Topics: Railway Protection

How to Prevent Railway Copper Theft: A Costly Epidemic

Posted by Guillaume Rey on Jul 25, 2017 8:03:00 AM

Copper is highly sought after due to its high market value and versatile applications. As a result, CNBC declared copper theft to be “an epidemic” in 2013. Copper theft again became a problem at the end of 2016 when copper prices rose by 20%.

From abandoned houses to new construction sites, many locations are hotspots for theft of copper wire, cable electronics and other products.

In addition to those sites, railways are particularly vulnerable to copper theft. From New York to San Francisco to Seattle, reports show thousands of pounds of railway copper have been stripped from rails in the middle of the night.

Read on to learn why railways are especially susceptible, what the true costs of stolen copper are, and how railway designers and engineers can prevent such costly problems.

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Topics: Copper Theft