Gain valuable information about train detection and more with reliable, cost-effective axle counting technology
Train detection is the basic component of any railroad operation using axle counters and wheel sensors. In addition to its basic function, the clear/occupied notification, Frauscher axle counting systems also provide information such as the direction, and the number or speed of the axles or wagons. This enables efficient train operation and management of yard applications, grade crossings, dark territory or trackside equipment. There’s not a railroad segment, be it passenger, freight, industrial or urban and mass transit, that can’t benefit from safe, reliable train detection.
Our axle counters and wheel sensors were developed to provide railroads with the vital information they require. Frauscher’s axle counters offer cost-effective train detection that can be seamlessly integrated into existing interlocking and signaling systems using advanced interface technology.
The easy installation and low-maintenance upkeep improves uptime, reduces life cycle costs and keeps both passengers and train personnel safe. The technological shift from track circuits to axle counters will accelerate even more due to a range of factors, which include greater availability, additional functions and lower life cycle costs. Axle counting systems are already being used all over the world by many rail operators as a reliable and cost-effective train detection system.
The systems can be adapted easily and individually to meet an extremely wide range of requirements set by rail operators and system integrators concerning environmental conditions, interfaces, reset procedures, direction and diagnostic information.
Backup system for CBTC
Modern train control and train protection systems — e.g. Communication-based Train Control Technology (CBTC) — allow a high train density and optimized running of trains. These highly complex systems generally use proven fixed and automatic train detection systems as a backup or fallback plan. The fact that axle counting systems generally do not require any maintenance enables cost-effective operation of these stand-by systems.
- Redundant and reliable safety support
- Easy, cost-effective operation
- Very quick installation
Switching Point Protection
Keeping all trains moving as efficiently as possible is a key component of optimizing tracks Switching point protection can be enhanced using axle counting technology. The clear/occupied indication is then evaluated as a release or locking of the point mechanism. Through track vacancy detection, axle counters can accurately determine when and where a switch needs to occur with very little maintenance.
- Safe, effective switching
- Accurate identification of switching points
- Efficient movement of trains
Similar to switching points, passing sidings require coordinated technology to keep trains moving efficiently. Whether it’s two trains passing each other going in opposite directions, or one train by passing another going in the same direction, axle counters provide the accurate, reliable detection needed to ensure safety. Additionally, the low maintenance our of axle counters, even in the remoteness of dark territory, helps reduce costs.
- Reliable detection for improved safety
- Efficient movement of trains
Axle Counters - FAdC
The Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC features functional modularity, flexible scalability and an Ethernet-based interface that allows a wide range of configurations. The software interface enables the FAdC to be integrated effectively into higher-level systems offering greater flexibility in terms of design and communications. System integrators and rail operators will benefit equally from these significant advantages.
The Frauscher Safe Ethernet (FSE) protocol empowers the operator to independently integrate the solution. It is easy and has simple logic. It eliminates proprietary software that is prohibitive in implementation efforts and costs. Frauscher provides training and complete support.