Grinsty Rail to supply OTDR for Cross Country Class 170s

Grinsty Rail are pleased to announce the award of a manufacturing contract with Porterbrook for the supply of DR3000 data recorders which will be fitted to the Class 170 DMU’s operated by Cross Country.

The On Train Data Recorder (OTDR) remote monitoring solutions will be installed on the vehicles as they undergo cab refurbishment.

David Brookes, Head of Sales at Grinsty Rail, said: “With over 50 years’ experience in innovative electronic designs and manufacturing, Grinsty Rail is proud to be supplying the DR3000 for Cross Country’s Class 170 trains. This unit will provide near real-time monitoring capability, allowing for more intelligent and efficient data-led fleet management.”

David Allen, Head of Fleet Services at Porterbrook which owns the fleet, said: “Being able to access train data remotely and instantly is a game changer for maintaining fleets. We’re pleased to be working with Grinsty Rail to supply this innovative technology for the Class 170s.”

The DR3000 unit will be fitted with a number of I/O cards to allow the recording of the existing signals. It has the capability of remote condition monitoring and data transfer via the Ethernet backbone to the software situated on the client’s server.

The key features of the DR3000 OTDR

  • Modular 19’’ design format
  • DR3000 CPU card – Standard USB port for local download
  • RMD card – enabling near real time RCM
  • Keypad Interface and Display
  • Code plug retains vehicle data allowing simply DR3000 swap out
  • Available in 24V and 110V configurations
  • Modular IO card design allowing custom configuration
  • Utilises ethernet generated GPS (UPD NMEA, String GRPMC) for date, time and location
  • Standard serial communications (RS232, RS485, RS422, Fibre optical interface)
  • RIA12 compatible

This unit will incorporate a TELOC 2200 Interface Module, allowing the existing harnesses to be disconnected from the current Hasler TELOC 2200 data recorder and plugged directly into the interface unit. It will negate the need for any rewiring of the existing signals and therefore significantly reduce installation times.

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