TE Connectivity Innovative Rail Solutions Throughout the Train
As mass transportation becomes more efficient and intelligent, TE Connectivity works with you every step of the way to solve your connectivity challenges. TE Connectivity delivers the broadest portfolio and systems expertise required to connect power and data safely and reliably, anywhere in the world.
Today’s railroads evolve into a high-tech industry due to increased public transport demands. Whether it is rolling stock, services, system and signalling, including railway-related telecommunication equipment and infrastructure, the same challenges are being faced throughout this complex market.
For more than 50 years, TE Connectivity has helped make it easier and more productive to ensure reliability, as well as control maintenance costs for railway applications and signalling.
Deutsch is now TE Connectivity
For more than 40 years, Deutsch has stood for recognized connector technology, with the highest IP protection classes against dust, dirt, moisture, salt and rugged terrain. This new, strong team ensures improved worldwide presence to customers across the globe, regardless of mature or emerging markets.
Sound applications expertise
Two specialists for connectivity with a single vision: TE Rail, the specialist in railway technology, and Deutsch, with its strength in high-performance harsh applications are committed to a common vision: delivering world-class engineered solutions throughout the entire train.
High-voltage solutions for railway technologies
High-voltage power distribution is facing many changes. Locomotive manufacturers are increasingly looking at efficiency savings in all areas of design. TE Connectivity engineers are developing the next high-tech component and assembly solutions for tomorrow’s railway technologies.
The company offers customers the complete high-voltage system, from pantograph to main transformer for 50 / 25 / 15kV AC applications. Products are also available for 3 / 1.5 / 0.75kV DC applications.
TE Connectivity’s comprehensive range of interconnection, insulation, protection and switching equipment comes pre-tested and ready for installation. Raychem polymeric insulation delivers high-impact resistance, light weight, small size and aerodynamic profile.
Plug and play capability ensures quick integration to help companies get their rolling stock fleet to a high operational level. Robust materials and long creepage paths ensure that products require no cleaning.
The VESA System
Application of high-voltage, electrical and mechanical engineering expertise means that all products can be proven designs, which integrate platform solutions to customer requirements for all vehicles, new or upgraded. The TE VESA product range can be delivered as components or as a balanced system.
The VESA system comprises market-leading technology, combining products from transformer down lead and intercar jumper cable assemblies, surge arrestors, insulators for pantographs and bus bars, voltage selector, earth safety and isolation switches, and the world’s first electrically-operated vacuum circuit breaker for rolling stock.
Interoperability of rail signalling, safety and communications systems
TE Connectivity has focused toward interoperability of control, monitoring and signalling systems, safety and security, passenger information and public communication, all of which are factors that lead to an increased demand for low-voltage application for railway vehicles.
Ever-increasing data rates and miniaturisation are driving new developments towards compact, robust high-speed communication solutions. The ability to easily upgrade system components and transfer or collect data is necessary to maintain technology leadership. On-board intelligence is networked together to provide a high degree of interoperability while maintaining consistent predictability and safety standards.
TE Connectivity offers solutions for a variety of applications ranging from tough environmental conditions, extended runs due to industry regulations, through to intelligent wireless systems. TE’s solutions are safe and reliable with the added benefit of low power consumption and leading optical performance.
Digital technology for signalling equipment
Capacity and speed demands on strategic railway routes are driving a move away from analogue systems and towards digital technology for signalling equipment.
The introduction of digital transmission networks on railways brings to manufacturers the challenge of developing system concepts and equipment interfaces, which are suitable for complex data communication.
The European railway traffic management system (ERTMS) is the newly agreed EU standard for train control systems. The liberation of the European railway system creates new basic conditions for railway operational traffic management.
TE Connectivity is committed to providing innovative solutions that are compliant with the latest market requirements. Products include industrial ethernet systems, single and multimode fibre optics and other ERTMS-compliant products.
System integrators must adapt existing control systems to meet these new requirements. This includes connecting new interlocking to the control system through the development of innovative interface systems that protect people and systems with high reliability.
TE Connectivity has the experience to deliver platforming for homologation, cable assembly product design and integration in cooperation with the railway signalling industry, whether it is onboard rolling stock or trackside.
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Products and Services
High-Voltage Components: Tailored for Reliable Power Delivery
Elizabeth da Silva, TE Connectivity's High Voltage Development Engineering Manager, explores why the components that carry the 25kV power supply from the catenary lines to the traction transformer must be unique for every rail application.
Material and Component Selection: High-Voltage Success
In this white paper, high-voltage development engineering manager Elizabeth da Silva describes how TE Connectivity works in partnership with its customers to help them understand the implications of material and component selection in 25kV roofline systems.
Making a Lasting Mark: Cable Identification Products
In this white paper, materials engineering manager Martyn Priddle explains why a cable identification system is more than the sum of its parts and how TE Connectivity uses a rigorous approach to testing to guarantee the long-term performance of its ident products.
Thin Wall Cable: Reduce Rolling Stock Weight
As a technology leader, TE Connectivity designs and manufactures the electronic connectors, components and systems inside products that are changing the world, making them smarter, safer, greener and better connected.
A Single Cable Ident: Low Fire Hazard Performance and Diesel Resistance
In this white paper, Martyn Priddle, materials engineering manager, and Lee Smith, materials engineer, describe the characteristics of a product that truly delivers low fire hazard (LFH) performance and identifies a shortfall in fire safety requirements covered by the current standards.
The Untapped Opportunity to Reduce Rolling Stock Weight
In the world of rail, TE Connectivity delivers the broadest portfolio and systems expertise required to connect power and data safely and reliably, from the high-voltage supply and on throughout the entire train.
A Step Forward on the Technology Path to an All-Electrically Operated Train
TE Connectivity is contributing to the portfolio of modern rail technology with its innovative VESA vacuum circuit breaker (VCB) for 25kV and 15kV vehicles. The VESA VCB is a main circuit breaker located on the train roof near the pantograph(s). In contrast to existing line power circuit breaker technology, which is normally based on pneumatic actuation, TE's solution is electro-magnetically operated.
At InnoTrans 2014 in Berlin, Germany, TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity, will be highlighting its latest application-focused solutions for the railway industry, including contactless connectors, a connectivity revolution.Read more