Rail yards and terminals can increase efficiency and safety, and achieve their throughput goals by implementing automation of train routing and remote control of switch machines, derails and more.
Remote Control & Routing
The most essential, and yet most valuable functionality of the RailComm’s Yard Automation platform is the remote control of switch machines coupled with train routing.
Remote switch control and routing add efficiency to your operation as all the traffic is controlled from a central location. Yard dispatchers have a safe way to direct traffic throughout the yard, and protect tracks, workers and other assets while maintenance and inspection tasks are being performed.
When needed, yard employees can support the yard dispatcher by throwing a switch machine locally with the push of a button or using a field control panel, thus avoiding injuries caused by the manual alternative method.
Remote switch control is achieved by integrating RailComm’s proprietary yard automation platform DOC® that commands the control of a power switch machine, and receives indications of the switch position and power condition. The DOC system interacts with other systems and components that provide control, communications, indication, and over the switch (OS) protection.
The process of routing trains in and out of a yard is performed from a central location using a modern user interface that provides flexibility, speed and safety to the operation. Entrance/Exit (NX) routing takes into consideration all automated processes present in the yard, including remote switch and derail control, blue flag protection, and shove track system.
RailComm’s NX Routing goes beyond selecting a single route allowing a dispatcher to stack multiple routes, block switches and tracks, and control and monitor assets in the yard, making the dispatching task productive and safe.
When it comes to automation, you can start small… but you have to THINK BIG.
At RailComm, we believe that automation has to adapt to your needs and not the other way around. That’s why RailComm’s yard automation solutions are designed from the ground up for flexibility, interoperability, and scalability. Whether you start with a small set of switches, or your entire yard or terminal, RailComm will work with you to determine the best strategy that will realize all the benefits of the RailComm solutions.
Powered switch machine
for remote and local control
Train detection system
that alerts the operator to the presence of a vehicle at the switch location
Switch Position Indicators (SPI)
to indicate the position of the switch or other condition
Expandable Automation Controller (EAC)
that performs remote operation functions and provides remote diagnostics of the condition of the switch location
Wired or wireless communication
using data radios or fiber optic serve as the ideal backbone of a yard communications network
RailComm’s control system is powered by our Expandable Automation Controller (EAC), a smart controller platform. The EAC provides remote control and monitoring to a wide variety of products, and offers enhanced remote diagnostic capabilities that allow communication to field devices at a ground level.
RailComm’s Switch Position Indicators (SPI) provide a visual confirmation of the switch point position. These 3 LED aspect indicators can also provide other switch machine status such as occupancy, gapped switch, or route indicator.
Communications from the field devices to the central server can be accomplished by installing wired or wireless networks (radio, Ethernet, or cellular). RailComm’s communications platform, RADiANT provide a variety of serial and IP data radios that are compatible with other communication methods.
RailComm’s Yard Automation system interacts with a variety of OS presence detection and switch protection methods. The most common application employs a wheel sensor system that creates the OS detection zones and trailing side cornering protection of the switch.