PENTAIR INTRODUCES ERICO RAIL SWITCH HEATING SYSTEM
Heating Technology Provides Safe, Low-Voltage Performance and Proven.
Efficiency Ensuring Proper Operation in Ice and Snow for the Global Railway
Minn. –– August 14, 2017 –– Pentair,
a global leader in protecting critical
processes, people and the environment,
announces the introduction
of a new ERICO Rail Switch Heating System specifically designed to advert snow
and ice buildup and assist with reliable track operations on passenger and freight
trains, metros and tramways. Normally mounted to rail switch points, the system
is engineered to melt snow and ice using a low voltage 24V solution allowing
proper and safe operation by railway personnel.
A switch point heating
system needs to perform three distinct functions:
Prevent the moving switch
rail from freezing to the fixed stock rail.
Prevent the switch rail
from freezing to the supporting slide plates.
Prevent any buildup of
snow, sleet or hail between the switch rail and the stock rail that could
compact and prevent the point system from operating correctly.
The heating system is
self-regulated, allowing itself to automatically adjust the power output to
compensate for temperature changes. This advanced technology was developed to
provide a simplified installation method and energy efficient design. It also
provides significant savings compared to older techniques in which the heaters
are either constantly on for the entire winter or operated by a control sensor.
The self-regulating system does not require a controls system or panel making
it a far simpler lower maintenance solution.
Melting snow and ice in
switch points using a low voltage 24V solution helps create a safe working
environment and eliminates the risk of hot spots or overheating. ERICO
understands that equipping the global railway market with safe and reliable
solutions helps limit safety risks to personnel, damage to critical equipment,
data corruption and expenses associated with operational downtime.
This system is used in
conjunction with ERICO RAILCLIPS and Conductor Management Solutions which are
required to safely hold the system in position on the rail in order to optimize
heat transfer. This line offers a versatile range of weather and UV resistant
products and accessories that are designed to increase the useful lifetime of
trackside conductors, reduce maintenance, improve wayside safety and reduce the
total project cost over time.
ERICO offers the widest
range of products and solutions to meet the demanding requirements of the
global railway industry. All ERICO Brand products and solutions are
manufactured in accordance with ISO 9000 series accreditation and are backed by
superior technical support and product warranties. The ERICO Rail Switch
Heating System satisfies the compliance and regulatory requirements of American
Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) and Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
As a long-standing partner
for the global railway industry, ERICO is established as one of the best. ERICO
has been actively involved in developing products and solutions for more than
100 years. With development, manufacturing and logistics networks in North
America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, we provide worldwide competence while
guaranteeing proximity to our customers and optimal satisfaction of local
market demands. Find out more about innovative solutions and offerings designed
specifically for freight rail, heavy rail and rail transit applications from
ERICO by visiting: erico.pentair.com.
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