TPS Shortlisted at UK Rail Industry Awards

The UK Rail Industry Awards (UK RIA) announced its shortlist recently, which includes companies, teams and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the industry.

Turbo Power Systems (TPS), a champion of Great British rail technology, has been shortlisted in the ‘Traction and Rolling Stock’ category for its static converter solution that can deliver over £1m savings to the fleet operator and, at the same time, reduce the carbon footprint.

The static converter solution replaces the old motor alternator set on each train car, which is used to service all on-board electronics, HVAC and charge the batteries. TPS’ replacement provides more on-board electrical power from the highly variable, poor-quality single phase input derived from the overhead supply, to ultimately optimise performance and enhance passenger comfort.

The TPS team is confident that they have a good chance to win, since the technology and pedigree applied to the product were among the best in the industry. Nigel Jakeman, Engineering Director of Turbo Power Systems said,

“We are delighted to be shortlisted for our static converter solution that we have successfully installed in more than 30 Mark 3 coaches across the UK. Our customers have reported that they have experienced over 4kW energy saving per car per journey and have seen 15% efficiency improvement in operation compared to a motor alternator. The energy savings and efficiency improvements, combined with the substantial cost savings and improved passenger experience, gives us a strong case and the potential to take home the award.”

This product has been successfully developed in collaboration with Chiltern Railways who supported the specification of the technical requirements and gained approval for its implementation.

The UK Rail Industry Awards will be held on 11th February 2016 at Battersea Evolution, London and tickets start at just £295. Other categories include; ‘Passenger Safety’, ‘Design Innovation’ and ‘Environmental and Sustainability’. Winners will be selected according to their contribution to the UK Rail Network, which continues to be one of the safest in Europe.

To see the full shortlist, please visit: http://www.railtechnologymagazine.com/ukria/shortlist/2016

For more information on the static converter solution, download the datasheet here.

New Contract with Wabtec Rail Class 321 – HVAC Power Supply

TPS is proud to announce that it has been chosen by Wabtec Rail Limited to provide the air conditioning power supply for the Class 321 trains. These will be fitted to the fleet owned by Eversholt Rail Group and operated by Abellio Greater Anglia. In 2013, TPS designed and supplied these air conditioning power converters to Wabtec Rail for the Class 321 demonstrator project.

The scope of work is to manufacture, qualify and supply sixty (60) air conditioning power supplies. Deliveries to Wabtec Rail will commence in late 2015 for service mid-2016.

For further information please refer to the press release section of our website.
http://turbopowersystems.com/investors/press-releases/pr-2015/

New Contract with Wabtec Rail Class 321 – At Seat Power Supply

TPS is proud to announce that it has been chosen by Wabtec Rail Limited to provide the PT3000 suite of at seat socket power supply for the Class 321 trains. Currently the fleet is owned by Eversholt Rail Group and operated by Abellio Greater Anglia.

The scope of work is to manufacture and supply one hundred and twenty (120) PT3000s. Deliveries to Wabtec Rail will commence in late 2015 for service mid-2016.

For further information please refer to the press release section of our website.
http://turbopowersystems.com/investors/press-releases/pr-2015/

New Contract with Wabtec Rail Class 318 – At Seat Power Supply

TPS is proud to announce that it has been chosen by Wabtec Rail Limited to provide the PT3000 suite of at seat socket power supply for the Class 318 trains. Currently the fleet is owned by Eversholt Rail Group and operated by ScotRail.

The scope of work is to design, develop, qualify and supply sixty six (66) PT3000s. Deliveries to Wabtec Rail will commence in July 2015.

For further information please refer to the press release section of our website.

http://turbopowersystems.com/investors/press-releases/pr-2015/

Chicago Transit Authority 5000 Auxiliary Power Unit, A Success Story for TPS

At the start of the supplier selection process for the 5000 series cars, Chicago Transit Authority narrowed down potential APU suppliers from a worldwide source. This validation process was particularly detailed in the selection of manufacturers who could meet or indeed improve on the CTA specification. The supplier qualification process involved reviewing the design, pedigree and response to detailed questioning on the proposed solutions for the project.
After this rigorous selection process, Turbo Power Systems was selected as one of the two preferred APU suppliers. It was a significant achievement for TPS to gain this credibility against worldwide competition from a demanding customer with a demanding application.

Chicago Transit Authority considers that they have one the most severe track conditions in the USA. This is due to the wide weather extremes, track misalignment and the effects of icing particularly on the elevated sections in the downtown area.
On previous rolling stock they had a difficult history on equipment reliability and most of the new design activities were aimed at mitigating pervious failings.
When Bombardier subsequently won the order TPS were their first choice supplier for the APU.
Even though TPS were the favoured supplier, the competition to select the best design, best company perception and performance with the lowest cost solution was intense. TPS eventually won the project on all counts.

There were several aspects of the Chicago Transit specification that made it more onerous.  Chicago Transit Authority had pushed the boundaries on what would otherwise been considered a ‘standard design’.

  • The Chicago Transit Vehicle is quite compact and there is limited space under floor for mounting equipment.
  • The location for the APU was directly behind the Truck, exposed to spray, debris grease and other contaminants.
  • The wide temperature variations particularly in the summer when the vehicle arrives in a station.
  • The track voltage transients added to shoe bounce particularly in the winter.
  • The specific battery charging regime.

Turbo Power Systems with their pedigree and experience worked closely with both Bombardier and Chicago Transit during the design phase to obtain the best solutions for the particulars of the application outlined above.

Various innovations both in circuits and in packaging were introduced into this design to ensure it meets the stringent environmental and operational conditions dictated by the application.

CTA Unit

When the first 5000 Series production prototypes were manufactured, Turbo Power Systems entered into extensive validation programs with thermal test, vibration, noise and other systems integration test to prove the APUs performance.

Turbo Power Systems has now delivered more than 300 APUs that have demonstrated expected performance and high reliability.

TPS is the UK based supplier of choice of APUs to the rolling stock.

Contact Turbo Power Systems for further information

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