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Rail News: Communication and Signal

Updates from Trainyard Tech, EMCOR Group, RF Monolithics, PS Technology and Invensys Rail Group

New business dominates the latest announcements from five rail industry suppliers:

• Trainyard Tech L.L.C. obtained a contract from the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis to install its CLASSMASTER™ process control system at Madison Yard in Venice, Ill. CLASSMASTER features auto calibration, easy-to-read loggers, graphic playback, real-time hump list display, electronic track blocking, automatic report generation, AEI Integration, remote diagnostics and maintenance, and locomotive speed control. A software development firm and hardware control product supplier, Trainyard Tech recently marked its 5th anniversary.

• EMCOR Group Inc. subsidiary Welsbach Electric Corp. won a contract from MTA New York City Transit to modernize communications, controls and mechanical systems for 11 vent plants in Queens, N.Y. Welsbach will provide a new fiber-optic communications network, develop control software and servers, and install programmable logic controls at NYCT's rail control center and engineering offices. The company also will install instrumentation and controls at each vent plant.

• Metra has contracted RF Monolithics Inc. to provide an enterprise management system for a facilities maintenance management system. Metra will use RF Monolithics' RFM Aleier FM1j interprise™ system to help track, manage and maintain facilities. The system is designed to manage the assets of geographically dispersed operations and multi-layered organizations.

• Union Pacific Railroad has implemented PS Technology's Enterprise Messaging Service (EMS) across its organization, starting with the operating department. EMS is designed to distribute mass messages within an organization or target communications to specific departments or employees.

• Invensys Rail Group's Westinghouse Rail Systems has commissioned a level crossing predictor system for the Finnish Rail Administration Ratahallintokeskus. Westinghouse Rail provided its WESTeX GCP3000 system, which features flashing LED lights and an audible warning alert. Finland’s rail network features more than 3,000 open level crossings, the majority of which are unprotected, Invensys Rail Group said.

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