View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. News
November 26, 2021

Knorr-Bremse to develop Digital Automatic Coupler protypes

Once developed, the initial prototypes will be improved for series production.

German braking systems manufacturer Knorr-Bremse is working on the development of the initial prototypes of Digital Automatic Coupler (DAC) for freight trains.

Free Report
img

How attractive are current investment opportunities in Europe?

Europe has been identified as one of the most favorable regions for investors, seeing high investment activity in the past year. Most of these investments have been through Debt Offering, valued at close to $700 billion. The region has provided attractive investments in a diverse set of companies. Companies who tend to major themes such Digital Media, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, E-commerce, and Big Data are recording the highest number of deals, with Digital Media recording close to 2,000 deals. However, GlobalData’s whitepaper offers a full view of the market, analyzing less successful or attractive points of investment as well, examining statistics on Equity Offering investments and PE/VC deals. Understand how government agencies for economies around the world use GlobalData Explorer to:  
  • Track the M&A and Capital Raising volumes into their target market
  • Identify the top sectors in the target market attracting the investments
  • For any investment segment, identify the top Investors inside and outside the target economy that are already investing in the Segment
  • Assess and showcase the growth potential for various Industries in the target economy
Don’t miss out on key market insights that can help optimize your next investment – read the report now.
by GlobalData
Enter your details here to receive your free Report.

After production, the first prototypes will be improved for series production, with the beginning of the planned upgrade stage during mid-decade.

Knorr-Bremse has reached an ‘advanced’ stage of validation and is extending its modular offerings as well as increasing the production facilities.

The company plans to develop the DAC as per the timeline set by the European DAC Delivery Programme (EDDP).

DAC is expected to serve as a centrepiece to support a fully digitised freight train.

Freight cars and locomotives are currently joined together in a manual way.

Apart from mechanical couplers, the only other attachment between the freight cars and locomotives is the pipe comprising compressed air for the braking systems.

Meanwhile, DAC will for the first time house an air line together with data, as well as power lines.

Furthermore, Knorr-Bremse will be able to deliver a package of new automation options to support digital freight trains.

In a statement, Knorr-Bremse said: “In addition to its transformative benefits for rail freight, such as streamlining the efficiency of train assembly and dispatching processes, the universal rollout of DAC represents an acceleration of the campaign to equip freight train fleets with digital automation systems.

“It is precisely the interaction of automated trains with the European Train Control System (ETCS) (installed on the locomotives) and track infrastructure that will help increase capacity across the entire rail network, making it possible to sustainably transport even larger quantities of freight.”

According to the company, the integration of all these efficiency initiatives will help in reaching the EU’s goal to carry 30% of all freight by rail by 2030.

Earlier this month, Knorr-Bremse signed a global maintenance framework agreement with Spanish company CAF.

Related Companies

Free Report
img

How attractive are current investment opportunities in Europe?

Europe has been identified as one of the most favorable regions for investors, seeing high investment activity in the past year. Most of these investments have been through Debt Offering, valued at close to $700 billion. The region has provided attractive investments in a diverse set of companies. Companies who tend to major themes such Digital Media, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, E-commerce, and Big Data are recording the highest number of deals, with Digital Media recording close to 2,000 deals. However, GlobalData’s whitepaper offers a full view of the market, analyzing less successful or attractive points of investment as well, examining statistics on Equity Offering investments and PE/VC deals. Understand how government agencies for economies around the world use GlobalData Explorer to:  
  • Track the M&A and Capital Raising volumes into their target market
  • Identify the top sectors in the target market attracting the investments
  • For any investment segment, identify the top Investors inside and outside the target economy that are already investing in the Segment
  • Assess and showcase the growth potential for various Industries in the target economy
Don’t miss out on key market insights that can help optimize your next investment – read the report now.
by GlobalData
Enter your details here to receive your free Report.

NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The top stories of the day delivered to you every weekday. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Friday. The railway industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy
SUBSCRIBED

THANK YOU

Thank you for subscribing to Railway Technology