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Reliable damper testing for Wabtec Rail

Higher reliability and quieter operation are two benefits to come from fitting an ABB variable-speed drive to a damper tester used in the upgrade and refurbishment of railway equipment by UK-based Wabtec Rail.

Energy harvesting solution for railway stock

Perpetuum has received an order from Southeastern Railways in the UK to supply wireless sensor systems for its entire Electrostar train stock.
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Force sensors on the Mars Rover Curiosity

Strainsert has supplied over 40 customised force sensors for use across NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission which recently landed its Mars Rover Curiosity mobile laboratory in the Gale Crater area on the Red Planet.


  1. 12/06/2012 Process control takes to the sea

    Appreciation of open, off-the-shelf networks and automation infrastructures are growing within the marine industry and many vessel operators and shipbuilders are looking at adopting control and communication hardware more commonly seen in manufacturing applications.

  2. 28/11/2011 Enhancing the effectiveness of offshore cranes

    Construction costs are an important consideration in offshore wind farms and drilling platforms. However, traditional crane technology has proved to be a safety issue during the construction phase with standard floating cranes often encountering difficulties if the waves crest at 30cm or greater. Even minor swaying, of just 2 or 3°, can move the tip of the crane by up to 5m which can result in an unstable load which poses a safety issue.

  3. 14/11/2011 AC drives for largest ever active heave-compensated winch system

    AC drives manufacturer Vacon is to deliver liquid-cooled AC drives with a total power of 2.7 MW for active heave-compensated winches onboard a Norwegian-built Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR) ship. The delivery will take place in March 2012.

  4. 28/06/2011 Drives help submersible to excavate efficiently

    A motor control system supplied by AC variable speed drive manufacturer, Vacon is central to the operation of the revolutionary UT-1 submersible ultra-trencher, which was built by underwater engineering specialist SMD and is owned and operated by CTC Marine.

  5. 18/11/2010 French trains adopt Ethernet switching for on-board comms

    A provider of industrial networking solutions, Moxa has been selected to provide TN-5508 EN50155 compliant Ethernet switches for use in on-board train communication networks in the suburbs of Paris, France.