Route vehicles, control turnouts and gather speed information more efficiently with simple, easy-to-integrate products
Yard applications, whether Class 1 hump yards or 10-track flat yards, require efficiency in their yard automation to help save time and conserve resources. Various elements of yards, such as signaling, inventory management and switching operations, can be optimized using Frauscher wheel sensors and axle counters. This technology helps make navigating trains through tight spaces a vastly more efficient process, getting cars where they need to be in a timely fashion.
Track circuits have long been the standby in yard applications, but often require regular maintenance caused by various factors. Circuitry isn’t required in yards, though, opening up the possibility for alternative options, such as wheel sensors and axle counters. The low-maintenance, high-reliability characteristics of this technology results in greater uptime.
The simplicity and flexibility of installing, integrating and operating Frauscher’s wheel sensors and axle counters makes it easy for cost-effectively modernization of all yard applications. This advanced technology helps route numerous vehicles — such as trains, tampers, boom trucks and hi-rails — through the yard, control turnouts and provide timely speed information for precise braking. This, and much more, makes wheel sensor and axle counting technology a logical and viable solution to refining automation.
Depot and Flat Yard
Efficiency is of upmost importance in yards. Trains need to enter, exit and maneuver freely throughout yards for full optimization of resources. Switching point protection is one major consideration in which axle counters can help. Track vacancy detection supplies detailed data on track sections that help ensure accurate switching points. Additionally, by automating switches, axle counters can help minimize shunting and shifting and better direct trains to a predetermined parking space.
- Improved switching point protection
- Reduced shunting and shifting
- Create track list and maintain yard inventory
Both new and existing hump yards can benefit from wheel sensors and axle counters. Sensors are especially beneficial when using retarders. They first measure the speed of the train and then assist in weighing the train. Confirming these two variables will guarantee the train is stopped at its prearranged point. Frauscher’s RSR110, specially developed for North American requirements, also can help modernize yards by seamlessly replacing existing treadles and improving switch point protection.
- Applicable to both new and existing yards
- Highly reliable speed measurement
- Improved switching point protection
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.
Wheel Sensors - RSR110
Our easily integrated and highly reliable wheel sensors help maximize uptime and achieve cost effective operation across a wide range of applications. The open interface eases implementation into new or existing systems, providing the flexibility needed to meet individual application requirements. The development and production of the entire sensor family RSR110 adheres to international standards, assuring optimum operation under all conditions.
The patented Frauscher rail claw, plug‑in connector cable, and automated adjustment procedure significantly reduce the effort required for assembly, disassembly or changing the location of a sensor. This provides significant savings, in terms of money as well as time.