Next generation Rail Signal Power Protection with increased sensitivity for first fault location and compliance with Network Rail’s Insulation Monitoring and Fault Location requirements is the focus of Bender UK Stand H91 at Railtex 19.
Bender UK’s Rail Signalling Protection System - RS4 - delivers multiple-tier smart cable insulation monitoring that Network Rail needs to reduce rail downtime and improve operations. The new RS4 steps up the performance of Bender’s already proven systems to provide a holistic picture of cable health, along with a rich data set that meets the requirements of standard NR/L2/SIGELP/27725.
The new system employs tried and trusted Bender measuring technology offering increased sensitivity with improved feeder first fault location from the 20KΩ pre-warning level to 100KΩ and higher, depending on system capacitance.
Specific bespoke solutions
The RS4 Tier 1 solution is fully retrofittable and compact for utilisation within SIN119 remedial works. It does not require a 650V or earth reference connection for FSP installations making the Bender Tier 1 solution fully class 2.
Trackside equipment can be fully integrated into existing FSP architecture and the Tier 1 solution offers remote fault location to FSP or cable length, with precise manual fault finding at 100KΩ.
Rapid and Precise Fault Finding
The ability of RS4 to locate faults more precisely means maintenance teams can respond more quickly, enhancing safety and reducing downtime costs. Bender UK’s RS4 system continually monitors insulation values to show real-time status of the power system. When the insulation value (IR) drops, the system records the fault and puts a test current signal or pulse into the system which is pulled to earth at the point of failure.
Bender UK Managing Director Gareth Brunton explains: “With the support of our expert research and development team in Grunberg, Germany, we have created the cost-effective multi-tier RS4 monitoring solution. It is a response to the new standards set by Network Rail and enables our customers to plan their intervention around their business needs, employing intelligent monitoring to minimise rail disruption. At Bender UK we continually strive to upgrade the performance of our products and services to respond dynamically to the changing needs of our customer, helping them to comply with the latest regulations.”
Proven history and track record
Bender UK’s advanced intelligent insulation monitoring equipment has a proven track record with more than 1,000 systems installed across the UK’s rail networks over the last two decades.
The RS4 intelligent insulation and earth fault monitoring system is part of the Bender UK range of rail system protection products that includes monitoring of rail switch points heating units and motors, and control voltage network monitoring for railway crossings.
For more details visit Bender UK at Stand H91 Railtex 19