Wheel Detection Forum 2017 has set new benchmarks
The fourth Wheel Detection Forum has set new benchmarks for this now well established industry event. System integrators, operators, manufacturers, representatives from science and other interested associations gathered in Vienna from 4 to 6 October to discuss the latest trends and innovations in train tracking and related technologies. 262 participants from 36 countries experienced more than 20 speeches and presentations, accompanied by special occasions for networking.
The conference has been characterised by a highly topical agenda focussing on new technologies for train tracking. In their presentations the speakers contributed to a subject pool which was perceived as interesting, diverse and future oriented by all participants. As delegates from railway markets all over the globe, they brought in a wide range of ideas on how to create “the future of train tracking” together. As in previous years, the event also provided great opportunities for networking in a relaxed atmosphere. A special highlight was the Wheel Detection TALK, which was framed by the historical but elegant atmosphere of Schönbrunn Orangery.
“The Wheel Detection Forum is an ideal opportunity to connect with each other and to get updated about latest state of the art technologies”, summaries Akimasa Okada, Engineer for signalling systems with East Japan Railway Company. His fellow participant Denis D’Aoust, Co-founder and President of Wayside Inspection Devices Inc., was very impressed by the diversity of the audience: “I am more used to US or Canadian conferences as I come from Canada. Here we have a greater diversity of the speakers, because they come from different countries and different environments – the Wheel Detection Forum was very interesting and I really enjoyed it and hopefully I’ll be able to come to another one.”
The philosophy of the WDF is to drive the development of the railway industry forward by working together, focussing on the future and close cooperation. “The main challenges faced by railway operators, system integrators, suppliers and other contributors to the railways are similar across the globe, but due to specific legal guidelines and standards, solutions have to be developed to solve the individual market requirements. In times of accelerating developments within and all around our industry it is now more important than ever to build global networks and to learn from each other”, concludes Christian Pucher, Marketing Director at Frauscher Sensor Technology.
Find a more detailed review with photos and videos online: www.wheeldetectionforum.com
InnoRail proves Frauscher’s innovative approach to modern railway technology
At InnoRail Budapest, railway engineers from Hungary and all over Europe meet to exchange views and experiences in order to foster the industry’s future development. This year the conference took part from 10 to 12 October – and Frauscher seized this chance to present its most modern products and innovations to the 300 participants from 17 countries.
Michael Parzer, Customer Service Manager at Frauscher, introduced the audience to the many advantages of the company’s versatile axle counters. He also stressed the possibilities of integrating them to a system like Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. Based on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), this new technology provides a great potential for diverse railway applications. The interesting and excited discussion with operators and other participants post to Mr Parzer’s presentation proved Frauscher’s innovative approach to modern railway technology.
Discussing the future of train tracking
Today afternoon, Wheel Detection Forum 2017 will start. More than 260 industry experts from 36 countries will get together in Vienna, Austria to discuss the future of train tracking. The conference will focus on state-of-the-art solutions based on wheel detection, axle counting and Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), as well as on alternative tracking technologies. The next three days, 27 speakers from all over the globe will share their knowledge and give you insights into latest trends and visions in digitisation, railway signalling, and more – thus making the conference an outstanding industry event.
Discover more about the Wheel Detection Forum and this year’s programme on: www.wheeldetectionforum.com
Frauscher Poland’s participation in TRAKO 2017 was a full success
From 26 to 29 September, Frauscher presented its broad product portfolio at TRAKO 2017 in Gdańsk, Poland. This biennial event is the largest and most prestigious railway exhibition in Poland and an obligatory date for all those involved in Polish transport systems and railway infrastructure.
Frauscher Poland seized this chance to highlight the company’s latest innovations. Apart from modern and flexible axle counting and wheel detection systems, a special focus was on Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. Based on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) this product line opens up a wide range of new applications to track trains, monitor asset conditions, secure infrastructure and protect personnel. In the long term this will provide operators with new possibilities to reduce expenses in terms of human and financial resources by contributing to maximise the efficiency of railway operations.
Frauscher presented its complete product portfolio at Railway Interchange 2017
It is one of North America’s railway industry’s events of the year: Railway Interchange 2017 took place from 17 to 20 September in Indianapolis, attended by over 8 000 industry professionals from around the world. The latest products, services and equipment were showcased by approximately 700 exhibitors at the Indiana Convention Center, with Frauscher being one of them.
It has been Frauscher’s second time participating in this event. The company presented its well-known wheel detection and axle counting systems as well its most innovative solutions. Considerable interest was in Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. Based on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), it provides many potential ways to track trains, monitor asset conditions, secure infrastructure and protect personnel. The industry’s overall interest in this exciting technology was highlighted by the well-attended presentation of Martin Rosenberger, Product Management Director at Frauscher. He presented DAS as a base technology for railway applications.
“After two years in the North American market, we are seeing a more in-depth understanding of the application and advantages of high quality and technically advanced axle counters and wheel sensors”, said Vivek Caroli, Managing Director at Frauscher US. “Interest in the reliability, uptime and engineering of our products is gaining traction, especially with proven projects under our belt in North America.”
Read more about Frauscher’s appearance at Railway Interchange on the Frauscher Blog: blog.frauscher.com
Russian railway industry shows interest in Frauscher products
From 30 August to 2 September the sixth edition of the Railway Equipment and Technologies EXPO 1520 took place in Shcherbinka, Moscow. On 20 000 m² more than 26 000 visitors gathered to visit the stands of 247 exhibitors from 29 countries. After 2011, Frauscher participated in this exhibition for the second time this year.
On their stand, the company focused on its most current innovations, such as the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC. With smart functionalities, such as Supervisor Track Section STS and its capability to increase a system’s availability by correcting faults, which have been caused by external factors, in a fully-automatic manner, this axle counter caught the attention of many visitors. Apart from that the most interest for sure was on the company’s latest product line Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. Based on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) it opens up a wide range of new applications to track trains, monitor asset conditions, secure infrastructure and protect personnel.
“Frauschers participation in this event as an exhibitor is a strong signal to underline our strength and will to work with the Russian railway industry in future. In several discussions we found that railway experts from all over the country were heavily interested in our products. We are looking forward now to develop a range of projects and solutions together with yet known as well as new customers.”, says Uwe Günther, Managing Director of Frauscher Kazakhstan.
Great emphasis on family-friendliness at Frauscher
For the second time in a row, Frauscher offers an in-house holiday day care for employees’ children from 3 to 12 years at its location in St. Marienkirchen, Austria. This way, the company facilitates the compatibility of family and working life in the summer months. “This day care is very valuable for all of us”, says Frauscher Father Gerald Buchinger and adds: “The children get the chance to play with other kids and they can go to work with mom and dad!” Just like many other parents he is relieved that for four weeks he does not have to figure out who will look after the children while working. Verena Einböck, Human Resources Manager at Frauscher, is happy about all of the positive feedback and notes. “Our company consists of many young employees, therefore the topic of reconciling work and family life is taken into high priority – both by employers and employees.”
The holiday care is part of the 2013 founded Frauscher Family Express – a programme for supporting working parents and for family-friendly work arrangements. Besides many offers for the employees’ children there are also lots of events and talks for the parents: Regular baby breakfasts, trips, family movie evenings and even special first aid courses for parents are only some of a broad variety of topics and interests. The goal is to facilitate the compatibility of family and work life and to support young mothers and fathers as good as possible. The children get to know their parents’ working place by participating in exciting and interesting experiments on special days like the young technicians’ day – this way they get in touch with technology and see their parents work environment.
Frauscher at Australasian Railway Association’s Industry Networking Dinner
On Monday evening over 360 rail industry representatives joined the Australasian Railway Association’s Industry Networking Dinner in Melbourne. It was an honor for Frauscher Sensor Technology Australia to support and attend this great event as a Gold Sponsor.
ARA Chairman Bob Herbert AM hosted the evening and highlighted the substantial investment in rail in Victoria and elsewhere and the need for a national rail industry plan. The Hon. Jacinta Allan MP, Victorian Minister for Public Transport also joined the event as guest and keynote speaker and discussed the Victorian Government’s rail priorities, including highlighting the Victorian Government’s achievements with the Level Crossing Removal Program and the recently announced Metro Tunnel project that will see the injection of jobs into Victoria’s economy, providing young people with a career path into the rail sector.
Frauscher Sensor Technology Australia fully supports the encouragement of young engineers into the rail industry and included its own Graduate Engineers amongst the attendees of this networking event.
Pictured in photo: Bob Herbert AM, Chair, ARA Board; the Hon. Jacinta Allan MP, Victorian Minister for Public Transport; David Townsend, Managing Director, Frauscher Australia and Danny Broad, CEO, ARA.
Frauscher presented its most modern and innovative axle counter in Sofia
Recently Frauscher Sensor Technology hosted an event at the National Railway Infrastructure Manager Company (NRIC) in Bulgaria. NRIC is the responsible company for the Bulgarian railway infrastructure and its safe operation. At the event in Sofia, Frauscher presented its latest and most innovative solutions. The company’s experts informed the interested audience about the possibilities and advantages that the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC has to offer.
Following Frauscher’s claim to “track more with less” the main advantages for NRIC were pointed out, e.g. that there is no drilling of rails thus enabling easy and fast mounting and that the available Frauscher Diagnostic System can significantly reduce maintenance costs. One of the participants, Mr. Zlatinov, CEO of the Bulgarian company BONETI, commented: “We are especially satisfied with the possibility of easy and fast mounting of the system.” He was one of more than 40 highly interested engineers that attended this event. Frauscher appreciated this opportunity to present all the advantages and benefits of its most modern axle counting system.
See the future of train tracking at Railway Interchange 2017
Since founding its location in the United States in 2015, Frauscher has explored the North American railway market, also by recruiting local experts who are developing market specific solutions based on the company’s global experience. The complete scope of these solutions will be presented at this year’s Railway Interchange, which will take place from 17 to 20 September in Indianapolis. At stand 1801, visitors can learn more about wheel sensors and axle counters, and see the future of train tracking with solutions based on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) technology.
With its innovative Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS system, Frauscher provides a DAS solution developed specifically for the railway industry, representing a new generation of live tracking. It enables applications such as train tracking, asset condition monitoring, and track side security using a single solution on or near the tracks. It is possible to detect passing trains, footsteps on or near the cable, activities like sawing or digging, rock falls, animal herds and more in real-time. The technology also has the potential to revolutionise maintenance strategies by tracking defects on assets, such as wheel flats or broken rails.
Another highlight presented at Railway Interchange will be the Wheel Sensor RSR110. This sensor is available in two variants: The Single Wheel Sensor RSR110s and the Double Wheel Sensor RSR110d. A fundamental idea in developing these sensors was creating a product that provides operators and system integrators with flexibility. Based on its open interface, the sensors can easily be integrated into existing infrastructures. This offers numerous possibilities to replace existing solutions and increase system availability.
From India to Upper Austria
It has become normal for Frauscher employees to welcome new colleagues almost every week. Because of its continuous international growth, the company is hiring another 80 employees worldwide this year. Now the staff total at Frauscher’s Austrian location has reached a record high of 200 people: Kiran Griffiths has been a part of the R&D team since July and supports them with programming embedded systems.
The global demand for Frauscher products has never been higher. To meet the customers’ growing interests and the markets’ increasing demands, Frauscher is hiring new talents across all qualifications and departments. As a result, the 200th employee at the company’s location in St. Marienkirchen, Austria has just been welcomed: Kiran Griffiths is 25 years old and originally comes from India. After finishing his studies in Germany he was looking for a job that is challenging, attractive, and suitable for his skills. At Frauscher he found what he was looking for.
Read more: Frauscher Blog
Cross-cultural encounters at the Frauscher Summer Festival
The annual Frauscher summer festival is a favoured meeting point for all employees and their families. On that occasion they seize the chance to get to know each other outside of their daily work routine and in a casual atmosphere. Especially the cross-cultural encounters with Frauscher employees from locations all over the world are commonly well experienced. This year, people from Brazil, UK, France, Kazakhstan, USA and India joined their Austrian colleagues in St. Marienkirchen. Together, they enjoyed their time until late night.
This year’s summer festival was even slightly bigger than in the years before. The reason is the large number of new employees that were hired in the last months. “We are very happy to welcome so many new faces. It is really nice to see everybody networking and getting to know each other,” says Ingrid Schwarz, Administration Director at Frauscher. There was also a lot to do and see for the employees’ families, especially for their children: The little ones had a lot of fun with three bouncy castles, face painting – and there was free ice cream for everybody.
During the summer festival the visitors had the opportunity to gain some insights on guided tours through the brand new Frauscher Thermal Motors building. This company was also founded by Josef Frauscher, and was only ready to move into this week. Frauscher Thermal Motors focusses on research and development of an efficient Stirling engine for disposal of problem gas and lean gas in an environmentally responsible way.
Team spirit and supportive fans at the Frauscher Pilz Football Tournament
At this year’s annual Frauscher Pilz Football Tournament in Eggerding, Upper Austria, a new way of determining the winner was established: The organiser introduced a ranking table. So it happened that Frauscher made fifth place, despite winning one game and ending five games in a tie. However, the fans’ moods were not affected and they supported the teams loudly. Together with Indian colleagues they encouraged the players by singing and drumming rhythmically.
Already in their first game, the Frauscher team performed well on the field and the players got many chances to approach the opponent’s goal – but their goalkeeper defended it thoroughly. So it was only fair that he was later voted goalkeeper of the tournament. The next two games also ended in a tie.
Nevertheless the Frauscher team showed real team spirit and was bound together even more. The exchange with the other teams and companies was also beneficial for the participants. After the tournament all teams and fans enjoyed the sunny day together on the terrace of the Eggerding football court.
Experiencing future technologies at first hand
After having moved to its new office in Farnborough some weeks ago, Frauscher UK now hosted its first Technology Day with focus on “Future Technologies”. Besides discussing new trends and solutions regarding wheel detection, axle counting and tracking technologies in an exclusive atmosphere, the participants also had the chance to experience the company’s latest product line Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS at first hand.
The Technology Day started with a meet and greet, followed by a networking lunch. In the afternoon, new ideas and approaches to current and future technologies were discussed. Oliver Marshall and Andrew Hall from Frauscher UK introduced the participants to the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC and its innovative features as well as to Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. By combining Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) with well-proven railway technologies, such as axle counters or wheel detection systems, this product line enables a range of new applications.
The Technology Day participants seized the chance to deepen their knowledge and understanding of axle counting and tracking technology during the live demonstrations and to discuss individual requirements and ideas with the Frauscher staff. Furthermore the event was a great networking opportunity that everybody clearly enjoyed.
Developing the future of tracking together
Last year Frauscher underlined its innovative strength once again with the launch of a new product line based on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS): Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. Martin Rosenberger, Product Management Director at Frauscher Sensor Technology, indicates the strong importance of this step: “Being the first to combine this new approach with proven wheel detection systems and axle counters opens up a variety of new opportunities and possibilities – and it enables us to provide our customers with single solutions for a wide range of applications.”
In fact FTS was seen as one of the most interesting and promising innovations at InnoTrans 2016 in Berlin, as Rosenberger reports. “Several operators, system integrators and research institutes are highly interested in using and developing this technology further together with us.” Currently, Frauscher has already conducted more than ten installations, with more scheduled for the near future.
Frauscher at Railtex 2017 in Birmingham
Railtex is the largest rail exhibition in the UK. This year it took place in Birmingham from 9 to 11 May. With more than 10 000 visitors and 470 exhibitors as well as a broad side programme full of technical presentations and discussions it truly lived up to its motto “more than an exhibition”.
Frauscher participated in Railtex for the second time. The company presented its complete product portfolio – with the most current innovations as well as with proven technologies: The Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC with its optionally configurable procedure Supervisor Track Section STS for example can increase a system’s availability by correcting faults, which have been caused by external factors, in a fully-automatic manner. Apart from that the most interest for sure was on the company’s latest product line Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. Based on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) it opens up a wide range of new applications to track trains, monitor asset conditions, secure infrastructure and protect personnel.
The strong interest in this new technology became apparent during the exciting discussions with the Frauscher team at Railtex. The next chance to get first-hand experience with FTS and its potential for the railway industry will be at a Technology Day in the recently opened Frauscher UK office in Farnborough.
„To foster mutual understanding“
The De Sales Music Academy in Bengaluru, India is a music school modelled on Austrian pattern. Seven years after its opening it will be expanded by a language school. Frauscher is supporting this project with 15,000 euros – about one million Indian rupees.
To provide the students of the De Sales Music Academy with more than a profound musical education, an own language school is being established on the campus, where English language and culture shall be taught. Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology, was very positive on that idea: “Projects like this are highly valuable to intensify cultural exchange and to foster mutual understanding.” Additionally, a good command of English facilitates the access to employment in local as well as in global markets. Together with Schärding’s district commissioner Rudolf Greiner, who personally supports the project and already visited Bengaluru in 2010, Thiel handed over a cheque in the amount of 15,000 euros to Santhosh Kumar, the founder and director of the De Sales Music Academy.
The idea for establishing an Indian music school modelled on Austrian pattern first came up during Kumar’s stay in Brunnenthal in the district of Schärding in 2004, when he got to know the concept of Upper Austrian state music schools. Kumar, a reverend of the Missionaries of St. Francis De Sales and himself a passionate musician, at once was enthusiastic about this educational system. He wanted to provide the children in Bengaluru as well as his seminary’s students a similar musical education. With ideational and financial support from Austria, Kumar conducted provisional music classes until he was able to finally open his music school in 2010.
Since then there is a steady contact between Brunnenthal and Bengaluru with Kumar returning to Austria every year. But also Frauscher in particular has a good and close relationship with Bengaluru, as the company’s second largest location with more than 50 employees and a huge market potential is situated there.
Frauscher growth exceeds expectations
Ever since its foundation, Frauscher has followed an intensive strategy of global growth. Throughout the years, this approach has been implemented in a very sustainable way. In 2016, several milestones were achieved showing that Frauscher is on the right track to grow and remain as the market leader in a very competitive environment.
Through its international efforts, the company raised its sales and profit to the highest in its history: In 2016, Frauscher Sensor Technology significantly increased its order intake by almost 80% from 43.4 million euros to 77.0 million euros. On a global level, Frauscher cooperates with a range of sales partners and is represented by ten locations all over the world, two of which, Frauscher India and Frauscher Brazil, were able to more than triple their turnover in 2016. To meet increasing demands in services and products, the new Frauscher Innovation Centre was opened in Austria and the sensor production site has been extended. Additionally this year, more talent has been hired than ever before – some of whom have joined the company’s recently established locations in Australia and the USA, where some major projects have just been realised.
“Looking back on our company’s achievements in 2016 I am sure, that we are on the right track. As this trend will continue, we are aiming to hire another 80 employees over all our locations and open an additional office in France this year”, Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology, concludes.
Frauscher will supply INEO UTS at the Casablanca Tramway
Frauscher has been awarded a contract by the French system integrator ENGIE INEO, through its subsidiary INEO Urban Transportation Solutions, for supplying the new T2 line as well as the T1 line extension of the Casablanca Tramway in Morocco. ENGIE INEO will develop the railway signalling system for both lines, while Frauscher will supply them with its most modern axle counter.
In order to enable optimum implementation, five engineers and managers of ENGIE INEO’s project team passed an extensive system training on the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC at Frauscher Austria two weeks ago. Apart from that, the Frauscher R&D department developed a customer-specific type of the grooved rail claw, which is adapted to the special track construction and environment in Morocco. All in all the very good cooperation between both companies’ teams over the last few months prefigures a promising future partnership.
The Casablanca Tramway is Morocco’s longest tram system. Opened to public in December 2012, it currently consists of almost 50 stations at a length of around 30 km. Its first tram line T1 will be extended by 1.8 km within the next months; line T2 will be commissioned in late 2018 and will have 33 stations at a length of 22.5 km.
Industry leaders launch Fiber Optic Sensing Association
During the last few years it has become clear that fibre optic sensing technologies will shape the future of the global railway industry. In order to provide greater awareness of the benefits and applications of these technologies, the Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) has been launched in Washington, D. C. today. Frauscher is one of its founding members.
FOSA is the first US trade association dedicated to fibre optic sensing. Its focus will be on educating industry, government and the public on the benefits of this cutting-edge technology which uses deviations of light in fibre optic cables to remotely measure acoustics, temperature and strain. When used on railways, this enables a variety of different applications, e.g. to track trains, monitor asset conditions, secure infrastructure or protect personnel in real-time.
“Fibre optic sensing has the potential to dramatically improve the lives of many millions of Americans, enhance business operations, and create jobs”, said Thomas Cohen, FOSA’s Executive Director. “This new organization will educate key players in all sectors and promote awareness of fibre sensing technology to help accelerate the use of this critical technology.”
Apart from Frauscher, FOSA’s initial membership includes AFL, Corning Incorporated, Ditch Witch, Dura-Line Corporation, Fotech Solutions, Integrated Roadways, OFS, Omnisens, OptaSense, Oz Optics, and Prysmian. The new organization will hold its inaugural meeting in Washington, D. C. in May 2017.
For more information about FOSA and its mission, please visit: www.fiberopticsensing.org
Frauscher strengthens its activities in France
With its participation in SIFER 2017 in Lille two weeks ago, Frauscher clearly pointed out the strong significance of the French market for the company’s future activities in Europe. Previously Frauscher already strengthened its business development in France by appointing a French account executive.
SIFER offered a platform for 430 exhibitors from 22 countries and attracted about 5 000 visitors. This makes it by far the leading railway exhibition in France and a major meeting point for suppliers to present their latest products and technologies to the most relevant railway operators and system integrators in the European market. Frauscher participated in SIFER for the first time and already gained very good experiences this time: The company’s exhibition appearance was very well received and the Frauscher team on-site was able to get in touch with quite a few interesting contacts. All in all, SIFER was a perfect opportunity for socializing and networking.
At the exhibition Frauscher was represented by Mayank Tripathi, who has been appointed as account executive for the French market at Frauscher last April. Before joining Frauscher he worked as Engineer, Sales Manager and lately as Sales and Marketing Director for a railway company in France. He has a total of 15 years of experience in the railway signalling industry. During the last twelve months he already brought Frauscher’s activities in France on track successfully and was able to open up a couple of promising contacts and projects. Frauscher will continue these efforts within the next months in order to enable the French railway industry to “track more with less”.
Eurasia Rail 2017 indicated Frauscher’s good market standing
Almost 12 000 visitors from 25 countries made this year’s Eurasia Rail in Istanbul, Turkey a full success. So was Frauscher’s exhibition appearance: the products and solutions of the Austrian technology leader were very well received and met with great interest on the visitors’ side. Especially the company’s latest innovation, called Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS, attracted much attention. This Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) based product line opens up a wide range of new applications to track trains, monitor asset conditions, secure infrastructure and protect personnel.
Apart from existing and potential customers, a lot of students and professors from near universities visited the Eurasia Rail. This enabled the Frauscher staff to socialise to local young and senior academics. Some of them are taking part in a railway focused degree programme, where they already got in touch with wheel sensors. One of their professors used the displayed Frauscher wheel sensors to practically demonstrate his students the inductive sensing principle and the sensors’ mode of operation. Overall Eurasia Rail clearly indicated the good standing that Frauscher has in the region.
Frauscher will participate in French’s leading railway exhibition
More than 430 exhibitors and almost 5 000 visitors make SIFER a fixture in the French railway market’s event calendar. This year Frauscher will participate in this exhibition for the first time: From 21 to 23 March the company will present its wide product portfolio in Lille.
The focus won’t only be on proven solutions like wheel detection and axle counting, with whom Frauscher has already made a name for itself in France, but also on the Austrian company’s latest innovation: Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. Based on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), this product line opens up a wide range of new applications – especially regarding train tracking, monitoring asset conditions, securing infrastructure or protecting personnel.
The Frauscher experts on site are looking forward to your visit at stand 1/250.
More information on SIFER 2017 can be found here: www.sifer2017.com
Frauscher becomes a member of Alstom Alliance
Frauscher and Alstom deepen their relationship in a long-term leading supplier agreement. Frauscher has joined the Alstom Alliance, the strategic partnership program of Alstom. The charter was signed by Olivier Baril, CPO Alstom, and Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology. Alstom Alliance acknowledges approx. 30 companies who work closely with Alstom in terms of business development, industrial excellence as well as products and innovations.
“It is a key objective of Alstom to fulfil customer’s expectations of quality, excellence, innovation and costs. Therefore we are sure that it is more important than ever today to attract and develop jointly rewarding, long-term partnerships with suppliers who have proven ability in the increasingly competitive global railway market. Companies who are known to deliver the highest quality, most innovative and cost-efficient products to market in a reliable, ethical and timely fashion are acknowledged and supported through Alstom Alliance. Frauscher fits perfectly with these requirements and we are looking forward to a close cooperation”, said Olivier Baril.
Michael Thiel agrees and emphasizes Frauscher’s view on the most important corner stones of the agreement: “We think that sharing strategic information and business intelligence implies great value for Frauscher and Alstom as suppliers, as well as for our customers. In the end it is them who benefit from improved operational performance due to useful capacity adjustments, continuous value chain optimization and even greater innovative strength based on an open exchange of requirements and approaches of global players.”
Wheel Detection Forum 2017 with adapted and extended format
Since 2011 the Wheel Detection Forum has become firmly established in the railway signalling industry. This year once again more than 200 leading experts are awaited to join its fourth edition, which will take place from 4 to 6 October in Vienna, Austria.
This great interest has been confirmed by the call for papers, which was announced for the first time this year in order to facilitate the selection of speakers and to lift the event’s standards on a new level. Additionally the format of the WDF has been adapted and extended to fit its continuous growth and practiced internationality.
Under the motto “The future of train tracking”, this year’s programme will include six instead of four panels. For this reason there will also be lectures on Friday morning. They will outline future challenges, latest research results and improvements in RAMS management. Thereby the focus on use cases and best practices will be even stronger than it was the last years.
During the next few months a first programme draft will be compiled. Make sure not to miss the latest news and sign in for regular updates on www.wheeldetectionforum.com.
Frauscher will start off the new exhibition year at Exporail 2017
The first exhibition that Frauscher will attend this year will be Exporail 2017 in Mexico City. On 15 and 16 February the company will present its latest products and developments there together with its Mexican sales partner CIBA Group. It will also be the first major rail event that Frauscher will attend in Mexico at all.
Exporail has gained regional relevance the last years and attracted about 800 attendees from 17 different countries in 2016. For Frauscher it is a good opportunity to get in touch with its Latin American customers and to pave the way for new projects. The company’s expert team on-site is looking forward to your visit at stand 404 and 406.
More information on Exporail 2017 can be found on their website: www.exporail.mx.
Frauscher UK moved into a new office in Farnborough
Founded in 2011, Frauscher UK has rapidly grown stronger during the last years. To meet the continuously increasing market interest and to handle the tasks that came with developing the new product line Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS, the company moved from Camberley to a larger and more modern office in Farnborough lately. The new office address is:
Frauscher UK Ltd.
Abbey House, 282 Farnborough Road
The team of Frauscher UK is looking forward to welcoming you at its new office. For any business, project or product related requests, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frauscher wishes you a happy new year 2017!
The turn of the year is a good opportunity to thank you for the trust you have placed in us and the valued cooperation. We are looking forward to new projects in 2017 – and to personally welcoming you at our 4th Wheel Detection Forum next October in Vienna.
Frauscher season’s greetings from all around the world
Save the date: exhibitions and conferences in 2017
In 2017, Frauscher Sensor Technology will be represented at a range of international exhibitions and conferences. We are looking forward to welcoming you at one of these occasions.
• Eurasia Rail, 2–4 March, Istanbul, TR
• Global Rail Infrastructure Management Summit, 9–10 March, Frankfurt, DE
• SIFER, 21–23 March, Lille, FR
• Secure Rail, 5–6 April, Orlando, US
• Safe Rail, 11–12 April, Washington, US
• ASLRRA, 22–25 April, Grapevine, US
• Wayside Train Monitoring Systems, 26–27 April, Berlin, DE
• Railtex, 9–11 May, Birmingham, UK
• Rail Solutions Asia, 24–26 May, Kuala Lumpur, MY
• Africa Rail, 13–14 June, Johannesburg, ZA
• RailLog Korea, 14–17 June, Busan, KR
• IHHA, 2–6 September, Cape Town, ZA
• Railway Interchange, 17–20 September, Indianapolis, US
• TRAKO, 26–29 September, Gdansk, PL
• Wheel Detection Forum, 4–6 October, Vienna, AT
• NT Expo, 7–9 November, São Paulo, BR
• AusRail PLUS, 21–23 November, Brisbane, AU
• IRSE Aspect, 28–29 November, Singapore, SG
Latest Ultimate Rail issue emphasises on “The new generation of live tracking”
Along with the whole Frauscher brand and just in time for InnoTrans 2016, our customer magazine underwent a complete redesign. Ultimate Rail provides more information with less effort now as well: using different journalistic formats and our experience we want to support you in keeping track of current developments, as well as new options, ideas and trends in the industry. In its new design, layout and format Ultimate Rail as the “Magazine for Railway Tracking” reports on the latest innovations – including an absolute world premiere within this special exhibition issue.
Emphasizing on “The new generation of live tracking”, this issue features the following main topics:
- Distributed Acoustic Sensing creates new opportunities for detection in railway operations
- The best of both worlds: Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS unites DAS and proven sensor technologies from Frauscher
- Frauscher extends its FAdC’s potential with new tools: FAMS and FCT
- Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS provides reliable information for maximum security on railways with one single solution
We hope that you enjoy reading the magazine.
Greenbriar Equity Group partners with management to acquire Frauscher Sensor Technology
In 2015 the Josef Frauscher Private Foundation and Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology, agreed on a management buyout (MBO) of the whole Frauscher Sensor Technology Group. Consequently the business group was, in association with the current management, acquired by Greenbriar Equity Group LLC by 1 October 2016.
Greenbriar is located in New York, USA and is specialised in investing in world leading corporations within the global transport industry. Greenbriar holds the majority of Frauscher Sensor Technology Group. This step allows the current Frauscher management under CEO Michael Thiel to continue its successful innovation and growth strategy of the previous years and to maintain and strengthen the company’s business development as an independent supplier for wheel detection, axle counting and train tracking worldwide.
Michael Thiel points out that “this is an exciting time for the entire Frauscher organization. We are eager to work with Greenbriar as our new partner to continue to implement our growth strategy. Their extensive experience and relationships in the rail industry will be invaluable as we expand our presence in North America and introduce new technologies into the marketplace.”
Michael Weiss, Managing Director at Greenbriar, said: “Frauscher has established itself as the clear technology and quality leader in the industry. We are excited to partner with Michael Thiel and his team and look forward to supporting the company during its next growth phase. We are particularly excited about Frauscher’s opportunities to leverage its differentiated product offering within new and existing geographic markets and develop innovative products.”
InnoTrans 2016 became a milestone for Frauscher
This year’s InnoTrans in Berlin was a very special one for the Austrian sensing experts of Frauscher. Long known partners and customers have been met, new contacts have been made – and of course the legendary Frauscher stand party was a great evening for the team and its guests.
Besides having launched the product line Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS and presenting new strong tools for the proven axle counter Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC, the company revealed a new brand design. All along the new stand, which provided two floors for the first time, visitors found new video material, brochures and the latest issue of Frauscher’s customer magazine Ultimate Rail which has been published in a new layout, too.
“We got an overwhelming positive feedback for this package of a fresh design and fascinating new products and technologies. Visitors from international companies and innovation partners joined us for professional discussions in a relaxed atmosphere. The high interest in our innovations exceeded our expectations by far. This fits perfect with our philosophy to continuously strengthen Frauscher’s position as a global technology leader within the railway industry”, remarked Christian Pucher, Marketing Director Frauscher Sensor Technology.
Strengthened collaboration with Fotech to further develop Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS
In order to further develop its new product line Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS, which has been presented as a world premiere at the InnoTrans 2016 in Berlin last week, Frauscher has found an innovative partner in Fotech Solutions. The London-based company already has delivered Distributed Acousting Sensing (DAS) applications to the Pipeline, Security and Oil & Gas markets – and it shares Frauscher’s vision and philosophy.
Chris Shannon, CEO Fotech Solutions, is convinced of the partnership: “We decided that to take our technology to the rail market we would need to work with people who not only have experience of rail sensors and the rail market, but the vision to deliver this new technology into the industry. In Frauscher this vision has been realised and as we continue to innovate together we are sure that DAS will prove to be an industry game changer.”
Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology, gives an outlook: “In order to push our latest achievements to the next level, we are investing even more in research and development in the future.” And yet the company has set appropriate steps: Under the leadership of Frauscher, a joint research and development team has been founded lately. Its members combine their knowledge about signalling, axle counting, wheel detection and DAS.
In close cooperation with interested operators, various applications are being developed and tested under real life conditions in the field. For that purpose, existing Fotech-DAS-systems will be optimised for their use in FTS. Possibilities for integrated solutions with Frauscher axle counters and wheel detection systems will be created. Those solutions will be provided to the to the railway industry exclusively by Frauscher.
Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS provide railway operators with massively expanded options
At this year’s InnoTrans in Berlin, Frauscher launched its new product line Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. The Austrian company is the first supplier of rail technology, who has solved the issues of bringing DAS-based solutions to railways. The high interest in this world premiere exceeded the company’s expectations by far.
Peter Bradley, who took on the role as FTS Director, has been involved with this Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) for over seven years. He is convinced that it will revolutionise the railway industry: “My goal was to deploy this technology safely in the rail sector – and with Frauscher this goal has been realised. Some solutions for railway specific applications have already been developed. They are now available and can be provided to the market. Due to the overwhelming feedback and results that we collected in several pilot installations and at InnoTrans 2016, we are sure that DAS has the potential to become a base technology for railway operations in the near future.”
Also Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology, is convinced of the high potential that this fascinating technology offers to the railway industry: “FTS fits perfectly with our existing portfolio. They can be combined with our core systems for axle counting and wheel detection. Thus, we can provide our customers with massively expanded options.”
Before InnoTrans, some first railway specific approaches have been developed to a status that allows a presentation to the markets. After the overwhelming feedback in Berlin, Frauscher will invest even more in research and development to further develop this completely new approach.
Frauscher has won two new sales partners in Mexico and Indonesia
With its global network of subsidiaries and representative offices, Frauscher ensures that its customers always get the best local support. Additionally the company has nurtured successful collaborative relationships with sales and service partners in various countries worldwide, which contribute to an individual and fast customer service.
In the beginning of August, a one-week training session for the employees of two new sales partners took place at the Frauscher HQs in St. Marienkirchen, Austria. CIBA Group will look after Frauscher customers in Mexico, whereas the Jakarta based company PT Cakra Wibawa will take care for Indonesia. During their training week in Austria the engineers of both companies got an in-depth instruction in different axle counters and wheel detection systems. Frauscher will be relying on the local support these engineers will provide and to a long and fruitful cooperation.
Frauscher will present a world premiere at the InnoTrans 2016
True to the motto “The new generation of live tracking”, Frauscher presents an absolute world premiere at the InnoTrans 2016 from 20 to 23 September in Berlin: Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS has the potential to lead to a revolution in railway operation.
Positive and encouraging results of evaluating the use of Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), which is the base technology of FTS, within the last months have convinced Frauscher to develop this new product line. When used in combination with well-proven railway technologies such as axle counters or wheel detection systems, it will open up a wide range of applications, for instance to track trains, monitor asset conditions, protect personnel and secure infrastructure.
On the first evening of the exhibition Frauscher invites to a stand party in order to celebrate this world premiere together. All visitors can gain a deeper insight into FTS as well as in the company’s product world – and they can enjoy themselves in a relaxed atmosphere with drinks, lounge music and Austrian delicacies.
The Frauscher exhibition team with contact persons from every subsidiary worldwide is looking forward to your visit in hall 25, at stand 232. Secure an individual appointment today at www.frauscher.com/innotrans.
Visit Frauscher at AREMA 2016 in Orlando, Florida
From 28 to 31 August Frauscher will be participating in the AREMA 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition in Orlando, Florida. This three-day exhibition attracts up to 3,500 visitors from 20 different countries. Apart from a broad range of technical presentations at the conference, there will be over 200 exhibits from various railway contractors and suppliers worldwide.
Frauscher will introduce visitors to its most reliable and modern axle counter, the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC, as well as to its versatile Wheel Sensor RSR110. The onsite expert team from Frauscher USA is very much looking forward to meeting you at AREMA 2016. Visit them at stand No. 1100 and learn more about the company’s latest solutions and its wide range of products.
For more information on the exhibition please visit the AREMA website www.arema.org.
5. Frauscher Beach Volleyball Tournament
One week before the start of the Olympic Games in Brazil all signs point to sport – also at the Frauscher Headquarters in St. Marienkirchen, Austria: on the 28 July the employees once again demonstrated their sporting skills and their team spirit at the 5. Frauscher Beach Volleyball Tournament. After some exciting and highly competitive matches, the Marketing team clearly won the tournament. All in all there were four teams with 20 Frauscher employees participating in the tournament.
On the touchline the teams were supported and cheered by their colleagues and families. Together they finished the day comfortably in a nearby restaurant.
Frauscher as Co-exhibitor on the Gear Rail exhibition stand at Africa Rail
From 28 to 29 June Frauscher took part in the Africa Rail 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. There was a joint exhibition appearance together with the company’s Sub-Saharan sales and service partner Gear Rail. Their main focus at the Africa Rail was on providing insights into innovative and reliable axle counting solutions. Notably the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC, the company’s latest axle counter generation, stimulated the audience’s interests at the joint exhibition booth.
The Africa Rail is the continent’s largest and longest running rail exposition. It features a widely attended exhibition as well as a keynote conference with notable roundtable discussions and four country spotlights. Over 6,000 attendees and 800 delegates were expected to visit this year’s 19th edition of Africa Rail.
The InnoTrans 2016 gets closer
This year’s InnoTrans will be held from 20 to 23 September 2016 in Berlin, Germany. As it is the leading international trade fair in transport technology, exhibitors as well as guests have high expectations. To respond this great interest, Frauscher is yet spreading information about their plans for this event.
True to the motto “The new generation of live tracking”, the company will present the latest innovative functions of the established axle counter Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC as well as the brand new product line Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. They both generate more relevant information with less effort – as Frauscher makes it simpler for system integrators as well as railway operators to obtain the important information they need to operate, protect, manage and monitor their operational network.
More information on FTS and the FAdC as well as on the company’s trade fair appearance at InnoTrans 2016 can be found at www.frauscher.com/innotrans.
The Frauscher summer festival is an event for the whole family
The summer has arrived in St. Marienkirchen, Austria just in time for the annual Frauscher summer festival: with over 32 °C, the 24 June was the hottest day of the year up to now. About 300 employees and guests enjoyed the perfect weather and the diverse activity programme at the long-awaited corporate event until late in the evening.
“Every year our summer festival is a very special highlight for our whole team. It’s not only colleagues that come together here for well and easy talks apart from their work routine, but it’s also their families, partners and children that join us in this event. This contributes essentially to this day’s familiar and unconstrained atmosphere, which also characterises our working life in a certain manner”, says Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology.
The festival started right after the opening of the new Frauscher Innovation Centre, which will function as an international hub for all the company’s research and development activities in the future. The numerous attendees from politics, media and public seized the chance to complete the opening ceremony together with the Frauscher employees in a relaxed environment.
Grand opening of Frauscher Innovation Centre at HQs in Austria
Last Friday, the new Frauscher Innovation Centre at the company’s head office in St. Marienkirchen, Austria was inaugurated after only 18 months of construction time. The grand opening was attended by numerous representatives from politics and media, as well as by employees and guests. The Product Management, the RAMS Management as well as the Research and Development department have already moved into the new building. Housing 75 workplaces, it provides these departments with space to increase their size.
The architecture has been deliberately kept plain and straight, with a modern and functional working environment. All three floors provide open plan space. The light-flooded offices on the first and second floor are state-of-the-art regarding room setup and conditions. The ground floor offers space for modern laboratories and testing equipment, which make the Frauscher Innovation Centre an international platform for all the research and development activities of Frauscher. “Inputs from our customers and subsidiaries as well as from universities and research institutions all over the globe will be gathered and evaluated here”, says Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology. “This enables continuous product development and therefore makes the opening of this Innovation Centre an important milestone in strengthening our position as international technology leader in railway signalling.”
The attendees were able to assure themselves of the practised innovative capacity in the Frauscher Innovation Centre on guided tours. After the opening ceremony, all visitors and guests were invited to complete the day at the annual Frauscher summer festival.
Supplying companies catch up on current developments at Frauscher
Good relations to its component manufacturers and suppliers are vital for Frauscher to guarantee high product-quality. Therefore almost 40 representatives from supplying companies visited the Frauscher HQs in St. Marienkirchen, Austria, at the 2nd Frauscher supplier day on 16 June. Here they got an idea of how their products are utilized and integrated. Furthermore the electronic companies Weberbauer and Ginzinger received the Frauscher supplier awards for their top performances in 2014 and 2015.
True to the motto “Creating values – growing together: integrated sourcing and procurement”, Gerald Buchinger, Production Director, and Anita Flieher, Procurement Manager, gave insights into the developments of production and procurement in the last two years and pointed out the refined requirements on the suppliers resulting from these changes. Subsequently they discussed how to ensure the availability of components and component parts in the long term as the production figures increase constantly – always following the objective of a stable and mutual growth. Appropriately Gerhard Grundnig, Sales Director, presented the latest market developments and perspectives. The significant position of each supplier during the development process of all Frauscher products was illustrated by Rudolf Thalbauer, R&D Director. The programme also included a guided tour through the new sensor production area, which accounts for improved material flows and an expanded manufacturing capacity since placing in operation last autumn, as well as through the new Frauscher Innovation Centre, which will be opened on 24 June.
The highlight of the event was the Frauscher supplier award ceremony for the best performing component manufacturers and suppliers of the last two years: The 2014 laureate was Elektronik Weberbauer GmbH and for 2015 the award went to Ginzinger electronic systems GmbH – both Upper Austrian electronic companies. Afterwards the participants were invited to a dinner buffet, where they finished the day in a relaxed atmosphere. The next Frauscher supplier day will take place in two years.
Good times with friends at the Frauscher Pilz Football Tournament
It’s not only the national teams at the UEFA European Championship in France who are currently proving their skills, but also the Frauscher football team: Last Saturday they demonstrated their sportiness and team spirit once again at the Frauscher Pilz Football Tournament in Eggerding, Upper Austria, where they made the third place.
The Frauscher kickers passed the group stage without any difficulty and qualified as first team for the semifinals, which also started promisingly. The company line-up had a firm two-goal lead until almost the end of the match, when the Pilz Germany team scored two times in a row. Frauscher only admitted defeat in the following penalty shoot-out. The 3rd place game against AGS Engineering ended in a tie too, but this penalty shoot-out was won by Frauscher. The final was determined by the two teams of Pilz Germany.
The eight participating teams came from Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. They offered best entertainment to the 150 guests, who enjoyed this football day in a more than friendly atmosphere and with perfect weather.
Frauscher with a strong appearance at the RSA 2016
From 11 to 13 May Frauscher participated in this year’s Rail Solutions Asia (RSA) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which was Asia’s first major railway event in 2016. The trade show featured leading products and services from railway integrators and operators from all over the region and witnessed about 1,500 participants on three days.
Frauscher’s main focus at the RSA was to promote its latest axle counter generation, the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC, whose innovative functions like the Supervisor Track Section (STS) process were very well received among the attendants. Using STS, faults within fault-prone sections or at neuralgic detection points can be corrected automatically. In addition, the resistance to faults can be increased further on busy lines.
With its strong appearance at the RSA 2016, Frauscher has established new contacts and strengthened existing ones. Thus the company is looking forward in attending the event in 2017 for the sixth consecutive time and to present new innovative solutions once again.
Frauscher at Rail Solutions Asia 2016: ready to repeat success
Frauscher is participating at the Rail Solutions Asia 2016 taking place at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 11 to 13 May. The exhibition attracts the world’s top railway suppliers from areas of Turnkey & General, Rolling Stock, Permanent Way & Infrastructure as well as Signalling & Telecommunications and witnesses about 1800 to 2000 participants each year.
Frauscher is participating for the fifth consecutive time in the event. Due to the great feedback from earlier editions of this exhibition, the Frauscher experts who are on-site are looking very forward to meet existing and new customers and discuss their requirements. Visit our stand no. 46 and learn more about Frauscher components and solutions.
For more information on the conference please visit the Rail Solutions Asia website www.tdhrail.co.uk/rsa.
Frauscher India is strengthening its position and partnerships
With great sense of achievement Frauscher India announces that Hitachi, Ltd., has selected Frauscher’s technology to be integrated in their axle counting system which will be part of their integrated signalling solution for mainline projects in India.
To support the projects in the most efficient way and to create a dedicated long term maintenance support, Frauscher India and Hitachi founded an axle counting technology joint company, which will provide the axle counting system to Hitachi.
Alok Sinha, Managing Director Frauscher Sensor Technology India Private Ltd, said: “We are proud to support Hitachi with specific know-how to fulfil their customer requirements in the most efficient way. This also establishes the flexibility of Frauscher’s business model to adapt the solution to the customer’s requirements. This is a great success in our strategy to be the market leader in India as an independent solution provider for train tracking and wheel detection. Together with Frauscher India’s existing achievements like in projects for MRVC Mumbai, Metro projects in Delhi and Kochi, various projects on Indian Railways and projects in Asian regions, this distinctly demonstrates that Frauscher India is the preferred partner for major signalling system integrators in the Indian sub-continent.”
Frauscher US made a strong impact at the ASLRRA 2016
The ASLRRA Connections 2016 took place from 4 to 6 April at National Harbor, Maryland. This event was an excellent opportunity for Frauscher US to address the requirements of the North American short line and regional railroads market and to demonstrate Frauscher’s capabilities as one of the industry’s leaders in axle counter and wheel detection technology.
Many customers inquired about the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC and the company’s onsite team of engineers was able to introduce them to this latest generation axle counter with an Ethernet-based software interface.
The Frauscher Wheel Sensor RSR110 was also very well received amongst the visitors as a solution that can be easily integrated into electronics of any system thanks to its open analogue interface. It enables system integrators to adapt the interpretation of the signal perfectly in line with individual requirements.
With its strong presence at the ASLRRA Connections 2016, Frauscher US was able to establish new business relationships as well as strengthen existing ones. The company looks forward to attending the ASLRRA next year where it will continue to grow its presence as a supplier of axle counters and wheel sensors in the North America railway industry.
Frauscher at ASLRRA 2016 in Maryland, USA
After a successful entry in the North American market last year, Frauscher US will be exhibiting at the ASLRRA Connections 2016 in National Harbor, MD from 4 to 6 April to further introduce its innovative products to the US railroad industry.
“Frauscher strives to make the North American Market as confident in its axle counting and inductive sensors technology solutions as other global marketplaces”, says Vivek Caroli, Managing Director, Frauscher Sensor Technology USA Inc. Therefore, the focus of Frauscher’s trade show appearance will be on the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC, the Wheel Sensor RSR110 and how the Short Line customer can benefit from using these products for any wheel detection application on their lines; like grade crossing or trigger trackside equipment. Both new and existing customers will be able to discuss their specific requirements with the onsite Frauscher US team.
We are looking forward to your visit at our booths # 420 and 422 in the Gaylord National Resort. For further information on the exhibition please refer to www.aslrra.org.
Latest issue of ultimate rail provides exclusive insights to current Frauscher projects
The new ultimate rail issue is available now for download. There you will find a comprehensive review of the very successful Wheel Detection Forum 2015 as well as an exclusive report on the expansion of the sensor production at the Frauscher headquarters in Austria.
Furthermore Martin Rosenberger, Product Management Director at Frauscher Sensor Technology, reports on the background and potential of the company’s coming innovations, which will also be presented at the InnoTrans 2016 in Berlin in September. Exciting stories about current and completed projects and developments of the Frauscher subsidiaries worldwide – for example about the Mumbai Urban Transport Project in India or the CBL2010 in Poland – complete the issue.
Have a look at the online version or make sure to get your own printed copy by subscribing the ultimate rail now.
1st Frauscher Technology Day Poland was a full success
On 3 and 4 March the 1st Frauscher Technology Day Poland took place in Zabrze. The main focus was on the latest Frauscher axle counting systems and on their successful operation on Polish railway lines. More than 70 signalling experts from almost 40 different companies participated in the event. They gained valuable insights into the wide range of applications of modern axle counters and they discussed future application possibilities.
Thursday started with a short welcome speech by Gerhard Grundnig, Sales and Business Development Director at Frauscher Sensor Technology, and Janusz Mikolajczyk, Managing Director of Frauscher Poland. Afterwards four long-standing Polish customers gave insights into their experiences from using the modern axle counting systems of the Austria-based company: Andrzej Mucha, PKP PLK, spoke about the long-term operation of Frauscher axle counters on the lines of the Polish State Railways, and Mariusz Maciejewski, Rail Mil Computers, presented the Frauscher Axle Counting System ACS2000 in the Warsaw Metro. Subsequently Maksymilian Szczygielski, KOMBUD, outlined the variety of applications of Frauscher products in SSP systems type RASP, before Janusz Kempny, Sig-Mont, reported on the integration of the ACS2000 into automatic block line systems.
Finally Daniel Pytlik and Martin Rosenberger, both Frauscher, gave an outlook on the company’s next axle counter generation – the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC – as well as on future product innovations which will be presented at this year’s InnoTrans in Berlin.
The day was concluded with a gala dinner and an extensive entertainment programme. On Friday the event was successfully rounded off with a guided tour through Kopalnia Guido, a closed down coal mine with an underground museum.
Frauscher’s latest products attracted attention at the Eurasia Rail 2016
As one of the most essential exhibitions for the railway and rolling stock industry in Turkey, the Eurasia Rail featured the leading products and services from railway operators and suppliers from all over the region. Frauscher successfully participated in this exhibition – which took place from 3 to 5 March in Istanbul – together with its Turkish sales and service partner Robat Kontrol.
The main focus of Frauscher’s trade show appearance was the company’s latest axle counter generation: the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC. Due to its functional modularity and flexible scalability, this high available axle counter offers a lot of benefits, especially in regard to savings on space, energy and investment costs. The audience’s interest in this state-of-the-art product was high and for that effect the Frauscher stand was well frequented all three days. This makes Frauscher look forward to promising new projects in Turkey.
India as promising market for the Austrian economy
With its firm and continuous economic growth India is one of the most promising markets for the Austrian economy in Asia. In 2015 Austrian exports increased by 15%. Against this background, a large trade and business delegation headed by the Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz and the President of the Austrian Economic Chamber, Dr. Christoph Leitl visited India from 15 to 19 February.
Of the more than 500 Austrian companies already active in India 130 have also established local subsidiaries. One of them is Frauscher Sensor Technology India Private Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Frauscher Sensor Technology in Austria. On 16 February its Managing Director Alok Sinha met Foreign Minister Kurz on the occasion of the India-Austria Business Forum and seized this chance to acquaint him briefly about the latest achievements of Frauscher India.
Established in June 2013 its primary purpose is to lead India operations and to support South East Asian markets. The offices of this largest Frauscher subsidiary are located in Bangalore and are equipped with all the key functional departments. In addition there is a production facility in Mysore and a second office in New Delhi was opened recently.
Lately Frauscher India has been awarded two major projects in Myanmar and Malaysia, which Frauscher will equip with two of its reliable and proven axle counting systems, the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC and the Frauscher Axle Counting System ACS2000.
Frauscher Australia as a best practice for Upper Austrian export companies
With being active on this market since the mid-2000s, Frauscher Sensor Technology is amongst the most successful Upper Austrian companies in Australia. Therefore a delegation of high ranking representatives of the Upper Austrian Economic Chamber and business journalists from leading Austrian media visited the Frauscher offices in Melbourne on 11 February in order to get a first-hand impression of the potential which Australia offers as a business location as well as an export market.
The Austrian delegation was welcomed by David Townsend, Managing Director of Frauscher Sensor Technology Australia Pty Ltd. He explained that Frauscher’s primary purpose of establishing its own subsidiary in Australia was to provide direct technical and sales support within the local market. “After supplying into the region for more than ten years through an agency company, the subsidiary offers the distinct advantage of providing a direct line of communication from customers to Frauscher employees within the same time zone, dramatically reducing the response times to enquiries.”
According to David Townsend, this is the key to succeed on a foreign market. The figures prove him right: After having established the wholly owned subsidiary in Melbourne, Frauscher was able to increase its turnover in Australia significantly in 2015.
The delegation was headed by Dr. Rudolf Trauner, President of the Upper Austrian Economic Chamber, as well as by Dr. Walter Bremberger, the Chamber’s Chief Executive Director. They were accompanied by the new Austrian trade commissioner in Australia, Karl Hartleb, and his deputy, Shanay Hubmann. They all were convinced of Frauscher’s strong and long term commitment to Australia.
Frauscher presents its products at Eurasia Rail 2016 in Turkey
From 3 to 5 March Frauscher will participate in the Eurasia Rail 2016 trade show in Istanbul. Frauscher will have a common stand together with its Turkish sales and services partner, Robat Kontrol. One focus of the trade show appearance will be the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC, which is the company’s latest axle counter generation. It offers a wide range of benefits with regard to modularity, functionality and required space as well as savings of investment and operating costs. Based on flexible software interfaces it enables communication over open networks. Thereby the FAdC provides various opportunities for application in remote areas as well as in track sections of practically unlimited length. Thanks to the low power consumption, the equipment can also be powered by solar energy.
We are looking forward to your visit at our stand no. C916 in the Istanbul Expo Center (IFM). For further information please refer to www.eurasiarail.eu.
Frauscher India presented the FAdC at the IRSE Bangalore chapter
Frauscher India participated in a technical seminar hosted by the IRSE Bangalore chapter on the 29th of January in Bangalore, India. The event focussed on raising the awareness among all South Western Railway (SWR) divisions of the technological advancements in the signalling and telecommunication sector. The welcome speech was given by Mr M. Elavarasan, Chief Signal and Telecommunication Engineer at SWR, who emphasised the importance of regularly organising similar knowledge sharing seminars in the future.
SWR dedicated a slot to Frauscher to introduce its expertise in the field of advanced functionalities of highly available axle counters, with special emphasis on the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC. The presentation was delivered by Mr. Venkatakrishna Subramanian Padmanabhan, Director Engineering at Frauscher India, and it was very well received by the participants. He also addressed the different features of fault tolerance functions, such as Counting Head Control (CHC) for the suppression of interference when using lightweight railway trolleys, as well the function Supervisor Track Section (STS). The audience was highly impressed by the fact that CHC is managed by system logic, without the use of DC track circuits, while STS offers the possibility to have numerous automatic resets.
The seminar was attended by more than 70 senior railway officials and railway signalling and telecommunication professionals from all divisions of SWR, as well as by private suppliers of signalling systems. As Frauscher has been accorded with the approval to conduct a FAdC based trial at the Baiyappanahalli station of the SWR Bangalore division, this seminar provided the perfect platform to present the various advantages of the FAdC.
Expansion of sensor production facility at Frauscher HQs
Only one year after breaking ground the expansion of the sensor production at Frauscher Sensor Technology was opened by CEO Michael Thiel in an internal ceremony on 17 December 2015. After a short construction phase the production within the new building could successfully be prepared since this summer. The project is part of a comprehensive investment programme of Frauscher, which will be completed with the grand opening of the “Frauscher Innovation Centre” by mid-year 2016.
Against the background of closely linked production processes, the goals behind the expansion went far beyond creating more space, Gerald Buchinger, Director Frauscher Sensor Technology reports: “The expansion also became a base for job optimisation, shortening of lead times as well as measures for securing maximum product quality.”
The new production area covers more than 500 m². The foundation for increased capacities is built on a combination of job optimisation, various approaches to improve the material flow and additional machines. Besides two curing ovens a second vacuum potting line was installed. This enables a comprehensive acceleration and automation of all processes related to this step of the production. Overall, capacities have been raised from currently 17 000 pieces a year to 30 000 sensors.
Happy New Year 2016!
Remain true to the well proven while embracing innovation. In this line of thought, we wish you a good start into the New Year 2016! We would like to thank you, our business partners and customers, for the fairness, the trust you have placed in us and for the fruitful cooperation.
The turn of the year is a good opportunity to make plans for the year ahead. Update your diary and schedule the following dates for 2016.
International Railway Events
- Eurasia Rail, Istanbul, 03-05 March
- IRSE-IRSTE Seminar and Exhibition, Kolkata, March
- ASLRRA 2016, Maryland, 03-06 April
- Rail Solutions Asia, Kuala Lumpur, 11-13 May
- GLXS, Helsinki, 12-16 June
- RSSI 2016, Grapevine, 28-30 June
- Africa Rail, Johannesburg, 28-29 June
- AREMA 2016, Orlando, 28-31 August
- InnoTrans 2016, Berlin, 20-23 September
- NT Expo 2016, São Paulo, 08-10 November