Axle Counters

With its tailor-made axle counting solutions, Frauscher offers reliable and cost-effective train detection systems. 

Customised Systems for Worldwide Use

Axle Counters by Frauscher

Axle Counting Systems by Frauscher are comprised of two parts: The trackside equipment consists of two highly reliable wheel sensors mounted onto the track. The flexible and space-saving indoor equipment houses innovative electronics boards. Via state-of-the-art software and widely used hardware interfaces, the latter are quickly and efficiently integrated into existing signalling technology systems. 

Highly Available Wheel Sensors as the Basis

Trackside Equipment

The trackside equipment consists of the sensor, mounted onto the track, the trackside connection box and the cables which connect the two. As with all Frauscher Axle Counting Sytems, Wheel Sensors RSR180 or RSR123  form the basis for highly available and fail-safe train detection. By way of a rail claw, they’re quickly and easily mounted onto the track without having to drill holes into it. This reduces the amount of time that work crews spend in a hazardous area to a minimum. 

Benefits of the trackside equipment by Frauscher: 

  • Highly available wheel sensors 
  • Easy installation via rail claws 
  • Equipment from a single provider 
  • Maintenance-free operation
High-Performance Electronics

Indoor Equipment

The data from the sensor is transmitted to the indoor equipment of the axle counting system. High-performance Frauscher evaluation boards then carry out the evaluation of the information provided by the sensor as well as the counting of axles. The thus generated data is made available to higher-level systems via various interfaces. 

Benefits of the indoor equipment by Frauscher: 

  • Extremely high availability 
  • Built-to-match components 
  • Flexible configuration options 
  • Option for a decentralised architecture
  • Minimal space requirements 
Fast Integration and Easy Handling

Interfaces of the Axle Counters

Universally applicable hardware interfaces and high-performance software interfaces enable the fast integration of our axle counters in various applications. Among them: interlockings, level crossings and signalling equipment. System integrators can implement the Frauscher Safe Ethernet FSE without having to use their own software protocol. Alternatively, customer-specific protocols can also be implemented with ease. In addition, integration into existing systems is possible via opto-couplers and relays.  

Benefits of the interfaces by Frauscher: 

  • Flexible, universally applicable interfaces
  • Vital data transmission 
  • Option for wireless communication 
  • Fast integration 
  • Easy handling 
Reliable and Cost-Effective Track Vacancy Detection Systems

Customised Axle Counting Solutions

Our axle counters are structured in a way that makes them modular and freely scalable. This allows them to fulfil numerous project-specific requirements. No wonder that many railway operators around the globe already put their trust in axle counters by Frauscher as a reliable and cost-effective track vacancy detection system. The information that Frauscher Axle Counters supply to higher-level systems far exceed the standard data for train detection: 

  • Clear/occupied notifications (SIL 4) 
  • Direction of travel (SIL 4) 
  • Number of axles 
  • Speed 
  • Wheel diameter 
  • Diagnostics data 

Innovative tools are available for various tasks during installation or commissioning of the axle counters. Among them, the Frauscher Configuration Tool FCT or the Frauscher Diagnostics System FDS. They ensure that our systems can be easily configurated, commissioned, maintained and adapted by system integrators and railway operators. 

Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC®

The FAdC’s flexible scalability, functional modularity, and an ethernet-based software interface enable a wide range of individual configuration options. Consequently, they can be used for the operation of both, small centralised systems as well as complex larger-scale ones. In proportion to the project’s scale, the use of state-of-the-art communication technologies leads to a reduction in required space, energy usage, investment and maintenance costs. Moreover, the FAdC functions fully redundantly, which means: In case of a failure of one component, the number of affected track sections can be minimalised. This significantly increases the system’s availability and reduces the downtime.

The FAdC can be connected to high-performance electronic interlockings either via a customer-specific interface or by way of the Frauscher Safe Ethernet FSE protocol . This ensures that higher-level applications are supplied with all relevant diagnostic and functional data. To establish a decentralised architecture, clusters of detection points spread out along the rail line can also be connected via ethernet. There is no additional requirement for relays, IO boxes and complex wiring. 

Convenient special features: Several intelligent functions additionally optimise the system’s availability, for instance, the Supervisor Track Sections STS and Counting Head Control CHC. For a continuous supply of diagnostics data, the Frauscher Diagnostic System FDS can be accessed on mobile devices as well.  

Benefits of the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC®: 

  • flexible and easy configuration 
  • ethernet-based software interface 
  • low maintenance requirements
  • flexible system architecture 
  • simplified project management

Frauscher India has already made considerable progress in developing components specifically for the Indian Market. As part of the "Make in India" initiative, several components of our axle counters are manufactured at the production facility in Mysuru. 

The Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC is RDSO approved and complies with RDSO/SPN/176/2013 Ver. 3.

Frauscher Axle Counting System ACS2000

The ACS2000’s system architecture is simple: Every detection point and track section are assigned a specific safe evaluation board. Thanks to a variety of preconfigured boards, customer-specific requirements can be implemented easily. 

The ACS2000 can be reliably integrated into various applications via open and universal hardware interfaces. These include level crossings, interlockings, signalling equipment, and other applications. The clear/occupied status is transmitted via potential-free relay contacts. Additionally generated information and data can be transmitted via opto-couplers. 

Benefits of the ACS2000 Axle Counting System:

  • extremely high availability 
  • simplified commissioning via automated adaptation processes 
  • low maintenance requirements and costs
  • easy configuration via the system’s hardware
Four axle counting systems for optimum results

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