Electronic Control of the Future: The Robust and Compact VTCsmart

With the VTCsmart, Voith Turbo has developed a completely new control system that is tailor-made for rail applications and perfectly combines robustness and accuracy. The first installation of the new control system for cooling units will take place in the diesel-electric BB 460000 shunting locomotives of SNCF. The 160 locomotives are built by Vossloh España S.A. in Spain.

Developed especially for rail applications per EN50155, VTCsmart operates in an ambient temperature range from -40°C to +105°C. It complies with protection class IP67 and is vibration and shock resistant per EN61373. The control system is directly installed into the cooling unit.

The development of the control system took only one year. Its basis is the proven transmission control system Voith Turbo Integrated Control (VTIC). Owing to the mechanical hardware design and the absence of vibration dampers, the VTCsmart can be produced as a compact unit. By using existing operating software, the application software for the cooling unit could be developed at low cost.

Apart from the control system, the Voith Turbo delivery package includes individual components of the cooling unit, such as cooler, fan, hydrostatic drives, hydrostatic motor fan and a compensation tank.

Voith Turbo, the specialist for hydrodynamic drive, coupling and braking systems for road, rail and industrial applications, as well as for ship propulsion systems is a group division of Voith.

Voith sets standards worldwide for papermaking technology, power transmission, energy technology, and industrial services. Voith was founded on January 1st, 1867. With approximately 30,000 employees at over 200 locations worldwide and annual sales of € 3.5 billion , Voith is one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe. Voith is an official partner of the initiative “Germany – Land of Ideas.”

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