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The Energlyn Experience

WP_20131008_011The Energlyn project in Caerphilly South Wales is a joint venture between Morgan Sindall and Colas Rail.  A high profile, prestigious site for Network Rail, it has won both the STAR-lite and STAR award, amongst others, for its safety record, performance, adherence to programme and general appearance and organisation.  Having seen a demonstration of the RSS Magnetically attached Safety Barrier by Innovative Railway Safety Ltd of Swansea, it was decided that this innovative solution to workforce protection, together with the obvious time and cost saving implications, should be trialled for the benefit of the railway infrastructure in Wales and the Western Region.

Tim Thorne, Project Manager for Morgan Sindall, working in close liaison with Frank Camilleri, the Colas Rail site manager, decided following a brief training session by IRS to replace the existing conventional barrier with the Network Rail approved RSS Safety Barrier.

WP_20131008_012His comments are as follows:

“We placed one operative, on one midweek line block shift, with the task of taking down the 100m of Vortok fencing that we had in place, and replacing it with the same length of magnetic safety fence. Taking down the Vortok and reinstating the ballast took several hours (considerably less, it should be noted, than installation would have taken one man). Installing the magnetic safety fence took 20minutes. And with no disruption to the ballast under the rails.

The efficiency gain is there to see and all operatives have been comfortable working and walking behind the fence line.”

Magnetic safety fence 2                  photo 4

 

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 Product News Comments Off on The Energlyn Experience

Network Rail gives approval to RSS Magnetically Attached ‘Points Run-through Sign’

An innovative ‘Points-Run Through Sign’ , has been given approval by Network Rail’: ~Certificate of Acceptance ~ PA05/05458

Points Run-through Sign within points IMG_1890 An innovative ‘Points-Run Through Sign’ utilising the unique magnetic technology patented by Raill Safety Systems of the Netherlands, has been given approval by Network Rail’, for use throughout the GB network: ~Certificate of Acceptance ~ PA05/05458

It is intended as a temporary sign placed within the track with a clear indication and instruction to the driver/operator to ‘Stop and check the points before proceeding’ into a working possession.  ‘STOP- Check points are set correctly before proceeding signs’ are used extensively on Track Work Sites.  The boards are placed at either end of S&C layouts in the worksite to ensure that any vehicle movements carefully consider the direction of the switches before proceeding.  This will potentially prevent points run through.

The existing points run through (PRT) signage is an A-Frame free standing board approximately 0.80m tall.  In general the boards have to sand bagged to prevent them from falling over.  This will involve an amount of manual handling as the track staff will need to carry the sign and  the sand bags to site and lift the sand bags on and off the boards which results in the kit generally not being placed or replaced, thus defeating the object.  Further, due to their low height the boards are not as effective as they could be due to the fact that RRV operators and Train Drivers sit high up.

Using the same technology as the RSS approved ‘Magnetic Attached Safety Barrier, the magnetic signage doesl not require any sand-bagging and the track staff will not need to lift or bend to install or remove the signage.  The reduction in manual handling and ease of use will promote the re-installation of the boards after use. In addition the signage is now 1.5m tall and is clearly more visible to RVV operators and Train Drivers, than the A-Frame. As with the magnetic attached fence it is recommended that the system is not used in 3rd rail areas.

The PRT signage is placed on Track Worksites within the marker boards and are removed prior to handing back the line blockage.

  1.  The stanchion is fixed on the inside of the flange of the rail so that the sign stands within the 4” 0’, and is clearly visible to ‘oncoming trains’.  It should be placed at the commencement of a possession and removed at the completion of the work.
  2. Furthermore, all safety precautions and all Network Rail rules and standards applicable to safety on the track must be observed.
  3. If necessary, safety personnel also need to be present.
  •   The maximum permissible working temperatures of the system are -20 ̊ and +60 ̊ Celsius.

Benefits of the Temporary Safety Signs

  1. The IRS Temporary Safety Signage consists of only one component:
  2. No loose components
  3. Lightweight and easy to carry
  4. No tools needed
  5. No danger of damaging underground signaling cables
  6. Safe, simple and light
  7. Easy dismantling with one arm movement
  8. Very strong magnet (tensile force up to 600 Kg/N)
  9. Simple, safe and fast assembly/disassembly, with a simple magnetic attachment to the web of the rail, with no requirement to remove or replace ballast
  10. Very fast erection/dismantling time and thus a major saving in working and possession costs
  11. Does NOT affect track circuits or Axle counters
  12. Can be used in areas with S & C
  13. Can be used in freeing temperatures (to-20oC) when ballast is frozen.
  14. The patented Magnetic Temporary Safety Signage is easy to use and will therefore, be used!

 

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 Product News Comments Off on Network Rail gives approval to RSS Magnetically Attached ‘Points Run-through Sign’

Magnetic Barrier obtains Network Rail approval!

Magnetically attached Safety Barrier secures Network Rail Certificate/Approval Number:  NR PA05 05085

 

Another major achievement for the Rail Safety Systems BV Magnetic Safety Barrier has been achieved following the winning of the European Safety Innovation Award at Amersfoort and product acceptance from TUV Germany.

 Following extensive testing the Rail Safety systems BV Magnetic Safety Barrier has received full approval and acceptance from Network Rail for use of the system throughout the UK rail infrastructure.  (NR Reference PA05/05085)

 Speed of erection and dismantling, sustainability, ease of use, and the fact that the system does not interfere with track circuits or axle counters was a major consideration for engineers.  Having satisfied themselves on these issues, certification followed.

 The distinct advantages of the system are:

  1. The RSS Railway Safety System consists of only two components
  2. The RSS Railway Safety System has been tested by HHC/DRS Inspecties B.V. and certified to EN 13374 (Class A), and is approved by Network Rail  PA05 05085
  3. No loose components
  4. No tools needed
  5. No danger of damaging underground signaling cables
  6. Allows tamping & ballast cleaning to continue whilst in-situ
  7. Safe, simple and light
  8. Simple, safe and fast assembly/disassembly, with a simple magnetic attachment to the web of the rail, with no requirement to remove or replace ballast
  9. Very fast build time and thus a major saving in working and possession costs
  10. Very strong magnet (tensile force up to 600 Kg/N)
  11.  Easy dismantling with one arm movement
  12.  Does NOT affect track circuits or Axle counters
  13.  Can be used in areas with S & C
  14.  The patented Magnetic Safety Barrier is easy to use and will therefore, be used!

 

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 Events, General, Product News Comments Off on Magnetic Barrier obtains Network Rail approval!

Magnetic Barrier obtains TUV Approval

TÜV certifiction achieved after extensive testing to European Standards!

We are very proud to announce that Rail Safety Systems, after a year of extensive testing, has finally  obtained the TÜV (German National Railway) approval certificate for our magnetic mounted safety fence/barrier to protect railway workers!

Besides our European Approval (EN 13374) and the winning of the Innovation award during Railtech 2011 this is probably the most important highlight of the year for RSS.

The TÜV approval is an absolute must to be successful in Germany.
It also will open other markets in and outside Europe, because TÜV is also recognized there as a standard for safety and quality.

The distinct advantages of the system are:

  • No loose components.
  • No tools needed.
  • No danger of damaging underground signaling cables.
  • Allows tamping & ballast cleaning to continue whilst in-situ.
  • Safe, simple and light.
  • Simple, safe and fast assembly/disassembly, with a simple magnetic attachment to the web of the rail, with no requirement to remove or replace ballast.
  • Very fast build time and thus a major saving in working and possession costs.
  • Does NOT affect track circuits or Axle counters
  • Can be used in areas where S & C present
  • The patented Magnetic Safety Barrier is easy to use and will therefore, be used!

 

Thursday, November 17th, 2011 Events, General, Product News Comments Off on Magnetic Barrier obtains TUV Approval

Network Rail Trial at Beeston Depot:

 “The Rail Safety System Magnetically Attached Safety  Barrier is 20 times faster to erect and dismantle than some Conventional Systems”

100 metres in 15 minutes

With the introduction of a new concept in Railway Safety Technology by Rail Safety Systems of the Netherlands, using their patented Magnetic Safety Barrier which attaches directly to the web of the rail; Network rail decided to carry out a comparative trial of approximately 100m length at their testing facility at Beeston, on 28th September 2011. The trial was supervised and monitored by both the Track Business Improvement Team (Western Route) and the Central Business Improvement Team.

Laying out handrails ready for installation

 

Three systems were trialled, using Balfour Beatty personnel to ensure uniformity of approach, equanimity and independence from the respective manufacturers, on both CEN60 and Bullhead Rail.

It was recognised and acknowledged that the operators were used to using the ‘conventional safety barrier systems’ which require the removal of ballast to attach the stanchions to the underside of the exposed rail. However, they had never previously seen the Magnetic Safety Barrier let alone used it.

Monitoring Progress

On this basis, Rail Safety Systems via the UK agent Innovative Railway Safety Ltd, were given 5 minutes to ‘train’ the operators how to erect the system before they undertook the comparative test.

   
Trying to 'push the barrier over' - without sucess.

Trying to 'push the barrier over' - without sucess.

 
 
  

 The results were videoed and demonstrated the following:

Assembling:

Dismantling:

 Adjusting the Stanchion:

The Results:

Conventional Barriers currently in use:
Two gangs of six operators, using chained shovels and tools, were able to erect a designated length of safety barrier in 2 hours (120 minutes). This time frame was repeated on dismantling the barrier and replacing the ballast – albeit the ballast really required tamping after its replacement which could not be achieved at the trial.

Total Time:      2880 minutes ~ 48 man hours of work
12 x 120 = 1440 minutes to erect.
12 x 120 = 1440 minutes to dismantle.

Rail Safety System Magnetic Barrier:
One gang of 5men were given 5 minutes training.
No tools were employed or ballast removed.
(the ballast did not therefore require tamping afterwards)
One gang of 5 operators were able to erect a similar designated length of safety barrier in 15 minutes. Dismantling took some 11 minutes. 

THIS  LEVEL OF PRODUCTIVITY AFTER 5 mins TRAINING!

Total Time:   130 minutes ~ 2.16 man hours of work
5 x 15 = 75 minutes to erect.
5 x 11 = 55 minutes to dismantle.

 The distinct advantages of the system are:

  • No loose components.
  • No tools needed.
  • No danger of damaging underground signaling cables.
  • Allows tamping & ballast cleaning to continue whilst in-situ.
  • Safe, simple and light.
  • Simple, safe and fast assembly/disassembly, with a simple magnetic attachment to the web of the rail, with no requirement to remove or replace ballast.
  • Very fast build time and thus a major saving in working and possession costs.
  • Does NOT affect track circuits or Axle counters
  • Can be used in areas where S & C present
  • The patented Magnetic Safety Barrier is easy to use and will therefore, be used!

  Conclusion:

The new RSS Magnetic Barrier system is in excess of 20 times faster to erect and dismantle, and therefore, 20 times less cost, than some existing conventional methods and with a lot less physical effort required of the workforce. It thus provides opportunities to erect and dismantle a given length in a single day/night shift, thus potentially significantly reducing possession times and/or mobilisation costs.

Friday, November 11th, 2011 Events, General, Product News Comments Off on Network Rail Trial at Beeston Depot:

RSS wins Rail-Tech Europe Innovation Award 2011

Sustainable fence system with magnet voted most innovative product.

AMERSFOORT 30 March 2011 – At the Rail-Tech Europe 2011 trade fair in Amersfoort, the Europe Innovation Award 2011 was presented to Jan Bakker, CEO of Rail Safety Systems (RSS) in Venlo.

The winning product, a fence system with a magnet to permit safe working on the track, was chosen by an international jury of experts as the winner from 15 nominations. The selection criteria were aimed at finding the most innovative product based on inventiveness, sustainability and expected market share. The jury commended the magnet-based fence system from RSS as one example of a down-to-earth solution where simplicity is the ultimate result of long deliberations.

The Award

The jury was chaired by Professor Klaus Riessberger, who is attached to the Technical University of Graz (‘Institut für Eisenbahnwesen und Verkehrswirtshaft’) in Austria. Other members of the jury were Arjo van Loo, innovation manager at ProRail, and Chris Jackson, editor of Railway Gazette International in the UK.

Employees performing maintenance work on the track must be in a position to work safely. A fence screens the track being worked on from the track on which trains are in fact still operating.

The difference between the fence system from RSS and conventional fencing is its simple and rapid assembly using a magnet. Despite the magnet’s pulling power of 600 kg, the fencing can also be dismantled again with a simple arm movement.

The jury praised the system’s simple and rapid assembly and dismantling, as well as the possibility to reuse the fence.  “All together, the crucial significance of safety for employees performing maintenance work on the track was reason enough for the jury to send Rail Safety Systems home with the 2011 Award”, said jury chairman Professor Riessberger.

RSS gave a continuous demonstration of the winning product during the Europe Rail-Tech trade show.

This provided for many bemused looks as people searched for nuts and bolts, which this attachment system does without. The fence is attached to the track using a magnet.

“We are really delighted and proud of winning the Innovation Award”, says Jan Bakker, CEO van RSS. “We would like to thank the professionals in the railway sector and the various organizations for their contribution to developing the magnet-based fence system. Without their support it would never have been possible to develop this system, which is aimed at a very demanding environment with all its regulations.”

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