TT electronics said Network Rail has approved the ABCIRH connector range after a two year programme of testing, assessment and trials at Paddington.
TT electronics’ entire range of ABCIRH connectors have met the requirements of the UK rail operator by conforming to NR/L42/SIG/30027 specifications. The plug and play connectors from TT electronics are designed for high reliability applications and can be used in trackside cabling for applications including signals, points and level crossings.
TT electronics global product line director for traction Geraint Davies said its engineers have been working with the technical team at Network Rail for nearly two years to ensure the products withstand the shock, vibration and environmental conditions found in trackside applications.
"We are delighted to achieve the NR/L42/SIG/30027 specification and we are already working with a number of subcontractors on refit projects," Davies added.
Network Rail is working with TT electronics to approve the ABCIRH connector range for use on signalling infrastructures. TT electronics stated it has developed a product matrix detailing all the different product permutations to assist railway subcontractors in selecting the right product for each application.
The use of plug couplers will enable the rail industry to implement new technology and increase efficiency in the refit process while ensuring reliability. TT electronics’ AB connectors deliver connectors, interconnection systems, harness design tests and manufacture for the transportation, military and aerospace markets.
Besides, Network Rail has revealed it is investing £2bn in its signalling infrastructure in the next five years.
Last month, Network Rail announced new framework agreements for about seven years to deliver railway signalling projects worth about £1.5bn. The agreements, which are expected to commence on 2 April 2012, will operate for the remaining two years of control period four and can be extended by Network Rail to cover the whole of control period five from 2014 to 2019.
Image: The connector range can be used in trackside cabling for applications including signals, points and level crossings. Photo:TT electronics.