2019 is a pretty big year for the American rail industry, as January 1st is the date that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) set for the implementation of positive train control (PTC) on mainline networks. Few in the industry need reminding the important role it will play in safeguarding rail in the country and much work has been done to introduce it. The FRA wrote in its PTC update in October that it remained committed to working with the railroads and its supply industry to ensure the full implementation of this important rail-safety technology in a timely manner.
Whatever stage in the process that railroad operators find themselves, it’s vital that they have a full picture of what’s required when the FRA’s requirements have been met, as the work will continue long after everything’s installed. Helpfully, the transport tech company, Trapeze, hosted a webinar in October – now available anytime – which explains how rail operators can manage PTC infrastructures post-installation. Register here to listen.
In the webinar, Trapeze’s Brett Koenig (Industry Solutions Manager, EAM) and Marcelo Bravo (Industry Solutions Manager, Rail) will discuss the current PTC landscape and what that means from an asset management perspective. Some of the things they will touch on include:
- Getting databases ready for new assets (transponders)
- Asset lifecycle management and maintenance workflows
- How to ensure new assets consistently meet the approved engineering configurations (firmware or software) with large-scale campaigns that simplify the work order process.