ABB products help protect new airport rail systems for Asian Games in Indonesia

ABB products help protect new airport rail systems for Asian Games in Indonesia

ABB supplies extensive international railway experience, along with internationally certified technology, for new transit trains to international airports

On Aug. 18, the Asian Games opened in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia. Also known as the Asiad, the 18th version of the quadrennial games is the world’s largest multi-sport event aside from the Olympics.

Hundreds of thousands of athletes, spectators and media are flowing into international airports on the islands of Sumatra and Java to take in the spectacle. And when they board trains to reach their destinations, electrical equipment from ABB helps them stay safe.

Indonesian railway rolling stock manufacturer PT Industri Kereta Api, also known as INKA, chose ABB for the daunting task of providing electrical service for the new Soekarno-Hatta Rail Link (ARL) and Light Rail Transit Palembang (LRT) service trains, built in part to usher in the games. Finished early this year, the ARL carries passengers from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang city directly to the capital city, Jakarta, on the island of Java. The LRT, which opened this month just in time for the games, carries passengers from Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport to Palembang on the island of Sumatra.

Fire safety and the ability to withstand motion and impacts are key challenges to installing electricity on rail lines and equipment, along with the need to protect moving electrical wiring from electro-magnetic interference and external signals. Drawing on its extensive international experience in railway projects ranging from the 900-million-passenger-per-year London Underground to the environmentally challenging Jungfrau Railway in the Swiss Alps, ABB supplied internationally certified equipment for rolling stock on the ARL and LRT lines.

The projects include Adaptaflex® flexible conduit and fittings, which comply with international railway standards by applying Low Fire Hazard (LFH) technology and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), to lace electrical service through the system’s cars. ABB also supplied AF contactors, manual motor starters, pilot devices, electronic relays and controls, and miniature circuit breakers.

“We chose ABB based on its railway electrical components that are certified and internationally standardized,” said INKA Propulsion System Design Manager Rudy Indrawan. “ABB's products are known to be qualified, exclusive and assured of their authenticity so that we avoid the possibility of getting counterfeit products. Representing INKA, I am very grateful for this cooperation. ABB's service proved to be good with quick response throughout the work. We will continue to work with ABB for other railway projects in the future.”

"ABB is very excited to take part in an important infrastructure project in Indonesia, which helps Jakarta residents to have efficient and reliable transportation facilities," said Jorge Aguinaga, Local Sales & Marketing Manager, Electrification Products Division, ABB in Indonesia.  “The reason why INKA chose ABB is because of its trusted international reputation,” added Aditya Prihambada, Product Marketing Manager in ABB’s Electrification Products-Installation Products business unit. “INKA strongly emphasizes the importance of international standards and ABB has applied it to the ARL project in Jakarta and Palembang.”

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