Future of the railway is driven by Technology
Railroads can use new technology to improve safety, reduce environmental impact and maintain a competitive edge in global markets. The future of railroad technology is in sight. Numerous new systems already harness large amounts of data to improve reliability, safety, and efficiency of railroads. There are many federal regulations that encourage railroads to implement new technology. These are the most recent systems that are being developed and implemented across the United States.
New fuel management systems evaluate everything, including train weight, wind speed, track grading, and train speed. These systems are new and help locomotives save fuel, making them up to four times as efficient as truck freights.
Positive train control uses infrared technology to analyze hundreds of variables and counter human error along railway lines. This system is able to stop trains faster than anyone and protect cargo and lives during an emergency.
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Tier 4 locomotives come with a variety of sensors that allow for continuous performance readings. These readings can be used to adjust efficiency in all aspects of the industry.
Automated inspection equipment is able to check track integrity and flag problems for better maintenance.
Smart sensors can be found on nearly every locomotive component and along the track. They help to identify worn parts on passing trains and improve scheduling analysis.
These are just some of the key elements making locomotives safer and smarter than ever before. Get in touch with us to find out more about the future railway technology.
This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Swartz Engineering. For nearly 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. Our design ensures maximum flexibility for excellent reliability and a high return on investment.