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Wheel Sensor Solutions at Their Best: Facing Challenging Conditions in Spain

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The European Union declared 2021 as the “European Year of Rail”, with the goal of promoting rail transport as the most sustainable, safe, and comfortable mode of transportation available today. Many events have been taking place throughout the year, providing knowledge to all about this important means of transportation. This article provides insights as to the ways  Frauscher successfully contributes to reliable railways operations in Spain via a long-standing partnership, by providing solutions that meet specific requirements of the market.

Mass Transit and Industrial

The railway segments in Spain

The fact that rail transport is the “greenest” method available to move goods and passengers means its future potential for growth is strong. With the European Union’s ambitious goals for reduced emissions, the challenge is to ensure that environmental criteria as well as increased capacity and train density can be met utilizing the existing infrastructure.

The Frauscher Wheel Sensor RSR123 is utilized in a wide range of applications in Spain that showcase its flexibility by providing solutions that meet the challenges that exist in various market segments. An  array of projects have benefited from installation of the RSR123, including but not limited to high-speed lines with a maximum speed of 300km/h, urban transit applications such as the tram in Barcelona, three-rail projects like the “Castellbisbal – Tarragona” line on the Mediterranean Corridor, and even to trigger hot box detection systems.

Frauscher provides railway operators with one common axle counting solution that can communicate with various interlocking systems and also comply with both customer-specific communication protocols and standard protocols like EULYNX. In addition, the Frauscher Safe Ethernet FSE consistently shows its value to integrators by allowing system integration without requiring the use of their own software protocols. These benefits have led to many successful projects with integrators and operators in Spain and around the globe.

Reliable partner in Spain

Successful co-operation with Pasch

One of the most important pillars of the Frauscher philosophy is to be close to all of our customers worldwide - to understand their culture and to speak the customer's language. In Spain we are particularly proud to have established a very successful partnership with Pasch y Cia., S.A.U., a trusted on site partner who understands the specifics of the market like no other. This collaboration enables Frauscher to offer customers and operators the highest level of support for the implementation and maintenance of their customized solutions.  

“Pasch is proud to offer great stability in its business relationship with Frauscher since 2004 as a sign of its management efficiency and the fruit of a policy of long-term objectives. Thanks to the combined strengths of both companies and absolute mutual trust we are proud to say that we successfully increase the overall benefit to our customers. Our activities are not limited to mere commercial representation, but include support for project management, warranty service and after-sales service. In the case of the co-operation with Frauscher we are also carrying out trainings to Spanish and Spanish-speaking end customers.”

Challenging environmental conditions

High demands on trackside equipment

Configuration, materials and design of Frauscher trackside wheel sensors ensure utmost durability and a long service life.

Guaranteeing the highly availability of trains, trams, and metro systems is an integral part of Frauscher’s work. System integrators and rail operators worldwide value the ease of integrating Frauscher solutions,  obtaining the information needed to maintain their systems and increase the efficiency and safety of their networks.

Frauscher trackside equipment is developed to withstand harsh environments according to EN50125-3, operate without trackside electronics, and withstand electromagnetic interferences according to EN50121-4. With an IP68 rating, the fully sealed wheel sensors are 100% waterproof and protected against dust, mud, snow, water, and road salt.

This is especially important in Spain as the weather can range from cold and snowy in regions such as the Pyrenees to high temperatures in southern regions such as in Malaga or Seville. The floods in Murcia and significant snowfall in Madrid in early 2021 indicate increasingly extreme weather conditions and higher demands on trackside equipment in the future. Solutions utilizing Frauscher wheel sensors  ensure continuous operation and have minimal maintenance requirements, ultimately contributing to the consistent transport of millions of daily commuters. 

Proven solutions with flexible architecture

Advancing digitalization and the use of data-driven technologies can help operators solve many challenges. Modern axle counting systems are well suited to play a key role, by not only delivering clear/occupied information but also a wide range of additional data that can help reduce downtime via predictive maintenance and diagnostics. Due to the modular design and variable interfaces, Frauscher systems fulfill highly individualized customer requirements across all market segments in Spain.

Case study Castellbisbal – Tarragona

Three-rail solution for track vacancy detection

The Spanish railway network is characterized by traditional Iberian and standard UIC gauges. Frauscher developed a three-rail solution for track vacancy detection that fulfils all requirements of ADIF (Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias), the Spanish railway infrastructure manager.

Read the case study for an in-depth look at the project comprised of 920 detection points in 19 stations, and learn how Frauscher enabled the seamless integration of different interlocking technologies along the line.

About Pasch

Founded in 1913, Pasch y Cia., S.A.U. has been playing an important role in the supply and maintenance of capital goods in Spain, through a large number of significant industrial projects hand in hand with the companies it represents. The fields of activity are in the naval, energy and railway sectors.

At present, Pasch has four offices (Bilbao, Madrid, Barcelona and Lisbon), repair workshops in Bilbao and a spare parts warehouse in Bilbao, Madrid and Barcelona. It also has a highly qualified staff, mostly trained by the foreign capital goods manufacturers themselves, consisting mainly of technicians with degrees in the various branches of activity.

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