New control module from ZTR

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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ZTR Control Systems has introduced the NEXSYS™III-i MD Module, a new version of its NEXSYS™ locomotive control system designed for “mother-daughter” (traditionally known as “cow-calf” or “mother-slug”) locomotive applications.

“With the new NEXSYS™III-i MD Module, the control and functionality of the NEXSYS™ III-i equipped ‘mother’ is maintained, and advanced control can be applied to ‘mother-daughter’ applications,” said ZTR. The benefits to the “daughter” unit include improved adhesion with advanced sanding controls; increased reliability through control of light load shedding to conserve overall power and increase battery reliability; advanced diagnostics with on-board and remote diagnostic options for advanced feedback on operating parameters to allow for better performance and operation; and simplicity of installation, with greater control through a ruggedized Ethernet cable, while being flexible enough to configure the module to the specific needs of the railroad.

“ZTR has helped improve the reliability, adhesion and fuel consumption of more than 1,000 locomotives through its flagship NEXSYS™ locomotive control system solution,” said General Manager Matthew Scott. “ZTR has successfully installed these units worldwide, on a wide variety of locomotives, including the SD40-2, MP15, GP15, GP40, GP38-2, GP38DC, GT22-2 and GT26-2. The reliability and flexibility of our solutions is critically important. NEXSYS™ III-i provides exceptional control, and with the modular design, we are able to deliver customer specific solutions that ‘modernize’ locomotives with maximum efficiency.”

Established in 1987, ZTR Control Systems “has been a dominant and proven global provider of control and monitoring solutions for the railway market,” the company said. “Our integrated control system solutions improve the performance of existing locomotive fleets at only a fraction of the cost of new locomotives. ZTR’s locomotive fuel conservation solutions save money and help to reduce emissions. Railroads choose ZTR solutions because of their performance, reliability and ZTR’s innovative approach to meeting the needs of its customers. The NEXSYSTM III-i MD Module is just one of the products we will be highlighting at our ‘Pillars of Modernization Exhibit’ at Railway Interchange 2015, Booth 3331.”

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