Why is the GATX kingpin sensor solution the right fit for T3000e railcars?
Our sensors save time as they can be paired with any mobile device geared to check the status of the correct loading of a wagon in real-time and not post-factum, thus avoiding the need for further corrections and delays. Additionally, data can be displayed on a web portal where customers can set up alerts when a wagon leaves a geo-fenced area with a “wrong” loading status. Hubert Gołębiewski, IT Manager for Digitalization & Innovation at GATX Rail Europe, ensures greater safety and higher customer satisfaction with our latest railcar feature. “Already equipped with GPS sensors, a T3000e may carry two trailers at a time, thus exhibiting two hitches,” Hubert said. “Each hitch has a socket equipped with ATEX certified sensors. Data is displayed on two displays per hitch on each side of the railcar, offering a more thorough overview. The sensor‘s readings are transferred to the hub-like GPS, allowing our clients to remain conveniently connected via a Bluetooth. The solution can be easy adjusted or extended to individual needs and integrated with customer IT systems using standard interface ITSS. In all, we provide a comprehensive, easily accessible solution that adds a layer of safety to the current railcar kingpin visual inspections.”
Always open for improvement, we are currently collecting feedback on the operational usage for more enhancements of the sensor system, thus allowing for further automatization in the future.
Why introduce kingpin locking sensors?
Reliable wagon kingpin locking was identified by the ERA’s task forces as a key issue of discussion and keenly examined in the Joint-Network Secretary’s (JNS) Task Force’s latest proposed measures on railway incident prevention.
Via its Normal Procedure, European Railway Agency, the JNS aims to harmonize and guide a EU-wide series of actions regarding railway safety. Within its different task forces and highly specialized panels, pressing issues are examined and possible solutions are often offered. GATX experts take part in these committees and, when it touches an area of our expertise, our teams come up with solutions to improve railcar safety.
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