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3 Products to Consider for Railway Lightning Protection

Posted by Brian Liederbach on Apr 24, 2018 8:06:00 AM

As a result of changing technology, railways are more likely to feel the devastations of a lightning strike than ever. Microprocessor-based equipment has increasingly replaced solid state technology and is highly susceptible to surges. 

Many complications can arise from railway lightning strikes, including: 

  • Safety risks to personnel
  • Damage to critical equipment
  • Data corruption
  • Operational downtime

As the railway industry continues to move toward more advanced products, effective lightning protection mitigation plans are a must to keep trains up and running and reduce lightning-induced transients.

Continue reading to learn three product lines that help minimize the risk of lightning damage to railways.

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Topics: Railway Protection

How to Gain Faster, More Reliable Railway Connections with ERICO CADWELD PLUS

Posted by Didier Quoy on Feb 27, 2018 8:03:00 AM

Travel delays are frustrating. On the consumer side, delays cause late days to work or missed flights. For engineers, travel delays mean low customer satisfaction, unexpected downtime and emergency repairs. Everyone has experienced a delay one way or another—especially when they travel via train.

In the state of New York alone, an estimated 1.8 billion people took the Metropolitan Transportation Authority last year. And in the single month of January, there were a total of 60,000 weekday subway delays, with 2,644 delays caused by faulty equipment.

What causes these delays? A main cause of railway delays is due to poor or faulty connections. Below we explain some common railway issues, and how you can correct them to avoid system downtime using the fastest, most reliable railway connections.

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Topics: Railway Protection

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