12 January 2018
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Making safety visible

As train technology has rapidly progressed over the past decades, the rail industry’s requirements and regulations around the overall safety of rail transport and maintenance operations have similarly advanced and become more stringent.

With trains now travelling up to speeds of 300mph, the consequences of any loose exterior panel could be disastrous, causing trains to derail, damaging the environment and putting people’s lives at risk. Manufacturers supplying equipment and components for railcars are now increasingly challenged to offer products complying with safety regulations and providing solutions to address safety and security concerns.

A mindful choice of access hardware for securing panels is essential to support safety. Southco has expanded its proven range of E3 VISE ACTION compression latches and developed a product that features a visual indicator for the latch status, allowing for the reliable inspection of the open or closed latch by rail staff.

When in the unlatched position, the visual indicator, consisting of two red wings appearing on top of the latch, can be seen from more than 5 metres away. The primary requirement for a secure latching system is that it has error-proofing features to ensure a latch is securely closed before the train leaves the station.

“Southco’s new E3 VISE ACTION Compression Latch with visual indication fulfils the objective of easy operation by rail staff,” says the company. “This product is recognised as the rail industry’s benchmark solution for underfloor and other exterior rail panels, providing panels with secure closure and a vibration-free, durable life of more than 10,000 cycles.”

Having been tested against DIN EN 45545 and DIN EN 61373, the new latch complies with the rail industry standards for fire resistance and vibration.

Brian Wall

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