As long as there have been railroads, there has been someone glancing at a clock to see if the trains are running on schedule. For a railroad, reliability is everything, and the industry continually seeks better ways to get trains where they need to go, safely and on time. Today, advances in technology and innovation are transforming global rail transport. And Caterpillar’s rail business is leading with innovative solutions that tackle some of the most challenging problems facing the industry.
Analytic Solutions for EMD Locomotives
The advantages of condition-based, as opposed to time-based, maintenance are clear. If customers can predict when a component needs to be changed before failure occurs, unplanned downtime can be greatly reduced, or even eliminated. Progress Rail, along with Uptake – an analytics provider – are making this possible through an advanced technology platform that allows customers to collect data from a variety of railroad equipment and business systems. The data yields insights to enable customers to address problems before they happen, thereby maximizing asset utilization, efficiency, performance and profitability.
Multi-Inspection Radar Appliance (MIRA)
Train crossings that use the same infrastructure as cars, trucks and other vehicles have always been potentially hazardous – often due to vehicles’ ignoring installed signals and/or barriers. MIRA includes the best features from previous level crossing protection solutions, plus enhancements based on customer experience, as well as new European Union requirements. For example, MIRA can detect, from multiple vantage points, when an object is blocking the tracks and send a signal back to the train, so that it can immediately begin decelerating.
PowerView Event Recorder
When something does go wrong, rail customers need tools that provide deep insight into what contributed to the event, so they can take steps to help prevent it from happening again. The new Progress Rail™ PowerView Locomotive Event Recorder and Playback Software, along with Progress Rail’s inspection and information systems, give customers access to the next generation of “black box” technology for the rail industry. With a focus on ease of use, all data is combined in a synchronized format, including video, data, GPS mapping and more, while a full graphical interface enables enhanced visualization of events.
Today’s railroad operators can be far more proactive in keeping their trains running efficiently and safely. Thanks to Progress Rail and strategic alliances, there are more ways than ever for our rail customers to stay on time and on track with their industry.