UK, April 21, 2016 – Infrarail 2016 is ABB’s first UK rail event since it combined its low- and medium-voltage businesses into a single Electrification Products division.
Visitors to the stand had the opportunity to find out more on Furse earthing products that have recently passed Network Rail’s stringent PADS product acceptance. The range builds on the ABB portfolio of Network Rail’s approvals, which included the showcased PMA flexible conduit range. Only applications with PADS approval can be used on Network Rail’s infrastructure and gaining approval demonstrates that products are safe, fit for purpose and do not represent unacceptable risk to infrastructure.
Harsh conditions mean that ABB’s flexible conduits brands PMA and Adaptaflex have the highest safety standards and are resilient to environmental conditions that can expose them to vibration, extreme temperatures, mechanical and chemical abuse and UV light. Products are tested to demonstrate long-term resistance to the effects of these and conform to fire safety standards.
Another highlight of the exhibition was a visit by Claire Perry, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, who took time to discover more about ABB’s cable protection and earthing brands, as well as the ABB strategy for long-term support and innovation in the rail industry.
Mark Fletcher, ABB’s rail sector manager for cable protection systems said: “With major announcements on Crossrail 2 and HS3 being made, there is a bright future for the UK rail industry. ABB is committed to the industry and by bringing together our low- and medium-voltage offer in the new Electrification Products division, we have aligned our business more closely with the needs of the rail industry.”
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leading global technology company in power and automation that enables utility, industry, and transport & infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people.