Connectors and contacts involved in public rail transport

Date: 27 May 2019 | Industrial connectors

The advance of the sector means that we do not stop researching for an instant in order to always be able to offer the customer the best solutions. In this case, we would like to take a walk on the subject of public transport and the connectors and contact that intervene in the railway.

The evolution of the transport sector

Transport, like virtually anything that comes to mind, has evolved with a high dose of intelligence and efficiency, posing new challenges for our customers and, therefore, for us.

Connectivity changes according to the needs of the new parts that make up the railway (like any other vehicle) and this implies that we must offer capable solutions that work not only cohesion but also high tension, resistance to vibration and tension and a long etcetera. In addition, we no longer only connect parts, we also work, even making possible the transfer of data, so that the responsibilities are multiplied.

At Alfa´R we are especially interested in helping this sector because we are aware of the advantages that the use of public transport has, especially considering its lesser impact on the environment than private transport. Unfortunately, we pollute too much with all our industries; to know that we can help in ways different from the usual is a relief for us and we do so willingly by designing the best connectors and contacts that intervene in the railway.

connectors and contacts for freight trains

How are the connectors and contacts involved in the railway?

Railways, trams and trams: They all require similar characteristics and different ones that adapt to the type of machine and infrastructure. The variety of existing vehicles means that the variety of products has to go hand in hand, and at Alfa´R we offer a very extensive catalogue that covers, one by one, the needs that may arise in any of the cases.

There are light, medium and large vehicles and, of course, the roads on which they circulate are different, sometimes having to make couplings and addition of elements to be compatible.

At this point it is especially important that everything is calculated to the millimetre, as not only is the integrity of the elements at risk, but also the lives of many people on a daily basis are being put in the hands of companies and installers.

In order to provide this much-needed safety, our products for public transport by rail meet conditions and characteristics such as the following:

  • They must be highly compact, offering maximum connectivity in the smallest possible format.
  • Offer maximum watertightness.
  • Safe couplings, if possible, threaded.
  • Various contact configurations.
  • High safety.
  • Resistance to physical tension (especially for entrevagons).
  • High electrical propulsion capacity.
  • Resistance to electricity.
  • Floating plug to tolerate existing misalignments.
  • Of course, compatibility with general and railway regulations in each of the articles in which the characteristics and features of these products are considered.

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