posted on 8th Apr 2023 09:39
Knorr-Bremse started is to start testing its DAC system in real-world conditions in Sweden. The test train will start within the next few weeks, when it’s complete (the Knorr-Bremse's DAC has already undergone a few on-site tests after being mounted to the train).
“With our Digital Automatic Coupling, Knorr-Bremse is paving the way for the extensive implementation of smart functions in the rail freight industry, including process automation and smart maintenance for a more efficient train operation,” explains Nicolas Lange, Chairman of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems. “Testing our systems under real-world conditions is another big step forward in developing advanced technologies for the rail freight sector. We expect the tests to provide us with valuable insights that will further concentrate and accelerate our development of market-ready solutions.”
The train, operated by CFL Cargo on the Trafikverket network, will run through to 2025. To start with, the train will include six DAC test wagons, eventually rising to as many as 20 ones. The test rake is expected to cover around 100,000 km annually. The tests will be carried out under the aegis of the EU’s research and innovation program, Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking (EU-Rail).
Initially, Knorr-Bremse has installed the its DAC with support for Automation Level 2. At a later stage, the train will be equipped with couplers that support higher levels of automation. This will enable fully automated decoupling and, combined with the Knorr-Bremse Automation System, support a wide variety of intelligent and telematic features for process automation. Operating the train in winter (including ice tests) is regarded as the ideal durability test for the coupling system, which must meet the highest standards of resilience.
Knorr-Bremse aims to become the leading supplier of automated system solutions for freight transportation by 2026. By leveraging the company’s engineering skills, industrialization expertise and close-knit service network, backed by a systems approach based on high-quality hardware (DAC), a dedicated automation system and data-driven services, Knorr-Bremse will play a key support role in the future of rail freight. Knorr-Bremse was confirmed as an authorized DAC manufacturer in December 2022 by TÜV-Süd and the European DAC Delivery Programme.