Rail technology firm Dual Inventive and Plasser & Theurer announce cooperation
All new Plasser & Theurer on-track machines (OTM) are to be equipped with Dual Inventive’s ZKL 3000 smart self-monitoring track circuit operating devices, the two firms recently announced as part of a new cooperation agreement.
The first ZKL 3000 device to be installed in a Plasser & Theurer OTM tamping machine was handed over by Dual Inventive CEO Jacob Zeeman to Plasser & Theurer CEO Johannes Max-Theurer during a visit of the Austrian rolling stock manufacturer to Dual Inventive in their head office in Oisterwijk, the Netherlands. “The device immediately protects a section of track upon installation between the two rails, by simulating traffic in the section”, Dual Inventive said.
“Plasser & Theurer cares about the safety of operators. By implementing Dual Inventive’s safety devices, Plasser & Theurer wishes to remove people from a position of danger and put them in control of their own safety”, Global Director of Technology and Innovation Florian Auer said in comments on the agreement.
The next stage of the cooperation, which also includes knowledge sharing, will be the integration of track worker safety systems directly into the OTM’s. This should enable “direct communication between the OTM and the interlocking”, which in turn should facilitate increased levels of safety and productivity.