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Friday, September 16, 2011

Lat-Lon touts automatic engine start/stop

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Lat-Lon LLC on Thursday announced it is now in full production of the Automatic Engine Start/Stop (AESS) System, an interactive, real-time locomotive system for operators to control, monitor, and remotely set start/stop rules for their engines or Auxiliary Power Units (APU). The new feature is part of Lat-Lon’s existing Locomotive Monitoring Unit (LMU), and offers a solution to maintain ideal temperatures and eliminate wasted fuel from idling, the company says.

lat-lon_logo.jpgThe company notes that during winter months, the AESS monitors the locomotive’s coolant temperature, commanding it to start if it reaches the low threshold. Upon reaching a warm coolant threshold, the engine stops to conserve fuel. The process is fully automated and visible on-line real-time, so an operator can view or modify the parameters quickly and easily. In cold conditions, the Lat-Lon AESS averages 4 hours total idling run time in a 24 hour period versus the common practice of idling 24 hours a day, reducing fuel consumption and wear significantly.

Lat-Lon notes the AESS is flexible and can be as simple or complex as an operator chooses. It can sense nothing and simply cycle the engine every few hours, or it can consider multiple criteria including coolant temperature, battery voltage, brake reservoir pressure and reverser setting. All AESS criteria is remotely managed through a secure website hosted and designed by Lat-Lon for 24/7 seamless customer access. Text message alerts can also be configured to allow managers immediate knowledge of their locomotives performance, at or away from their office.

Standard industry reports or custom reports are available, and data extractions can be performed. The AESS can be combined with other critical data measured by the LMU including location, speed, impact, run status, temperature, fuel level, and oil level.