Locomotive World Record English

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The Rittal auxiliary framework consists of a PS 4000 enclosure system with 16 mounting plates and two large swing frames A special Rittal PS 4000 with EMC

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    Rittal GmbH & Co. KG

    Rittal technology impresses under extreme conditions Locomotive smashes world record at

    357 km/h

    Since 2 September 2006, Austrian Railways' multi-system locomotive has been the world fastest rail vehicle. It broke the 51-year old world record not just once but twice and that in less than an hour. Rittal was also on board thanks to its innovative products. Herborn, 18 October 2006 the German Railways (DB)

    high-speed line between Ingolstadt and Nuremberg experienced a very special baptism of fire on 2 September. Siemens and Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) sped off in search of a record with the

    Rh1216 050-5 multi-system locomotive, that incorporates Rittal components. The previous top speed of 331 km/h (206 mph) had been set by the French state railway SNCF in 1955. In less than an hour, the Siemens Eurosprinter smashed the 51-year old record, first at 344 km/h (214 mph) and then at 357 km/h (222 mph).

    Rittal's components in particular were subjected to intense

    demands. Alongside mechanic stability when faced with shaking and vibration, it was also the factor of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) that tip the scales in favour of Rittal products. "The railway operators and railway vehicle manufacturers place very high demands on the quality of the assemblies and components installed", explained Hermann Becker, key account manager of Rittal's Rail Traffic Systems and monitor of Rittal's record attempt project. "Nowadays, electrically powered locomotives' control technology contains a huge number of electronic and electromechanical components,

    which have to be safely accommodated in enclosures and on frameworks throughout the locomotive's entire service life. Special products are used that are adapted to the dynamic requirements."

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    Rittal GmbH & Co. KG

    For Rittal, the rail systems sector is growing in importance. In a great variety of very different projects, whether stationary or mobile, Rittal's high quality standards and very specific expertise have impressed customers worldwide. Rittal is a sought-after partner in the rail vehicle sector from trams to high-speed trains.

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    Technology inspires

    The record-breaking locomotive also incorporated the Rittal auxiliary framework, the Rittal electronic enclosure and the Rittal 3 kV frame. The Rittal auxiliary framework consists of a PS 4000 enclosure system with 16 mounting plates and two large swing frames. A special Rittal PS 4000 with EMC equipment forms the backbone of the electronic enclosure. The electronic enclosure is specially protected against high frequency radiation and has more than three 482.6 mm (19") levels, lying one behind the other. The components for the distribution of 3000 V DC are accommodated in the 3 kV racks. All the components have been specially designed for the dynamic

    requirements of mobile installation on the train. ;;


    Picture 1: Lok_gesamt.jpg: The record-breaking Rh1216 050-5 locomotive at the InnoTrans 2006 exhibition in Berlin.;

    Picture 2: Lok_teil.jpg: left: Hermann Becker, key account manager of Rittal's Rail Traffic Systems and monitor of Rittal's record attempt project; right: Jörg Schurig, head of the "ES 64 U4" project at Siemens

    Transportation Systems

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    Rittal GmbH & Co. KG


    Since its foundation in the year 1961, Rittal GmbH & Co. KG, based in Herborn/Germany, has become a global player. Today, Rittal is one of the world’s leading system suppliers for enclosure and housing technology, with over 10,000 standard products available for immediate delivery, and a sought-after solution provider in all areas of industry and mechanical engineering, as well as a trendsetter for all segments of the IT/telecomm market. Rittal stands for future-oriented and comprehensive solutions, service and consulting competence. The Rittal product spectrum covers the fields of industrial enclosures, electronic packaging, system climate control, power distribution, IT solutions and communication systems.

    Under the auspices of Rittal International, optimum synergies are being created for the customer. These are the result of close cooperation with market leaders Eplan (Europe's Number One for software solutions for mechanical engineering, plant construction and industry in general), Lampertz (a prominent supplier in the field of physical data and system security), and Litcos (a provider of innovative security concepts for data systems). In order to serve all the world's marketplaces optimally, 19 high-tech production locations supply 60 subsidiaries, 150 sales and logistics centres, and more than 70 agencies around the globe. In Germany, 22 Rittal sales and logistics centres covering the whole country are catering for the customers' every need. With about 9,000 employees world-wide, Rittal International is the largest company of the Friedhelm Loh Group, based in Haiger, Germany. The group's workforce totals more than 10,600.

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