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Updates from Miner Enterprises, Iteris, Lodging Enterprises and Dingo/Scientifics


• Miner Enterprises Inc. obtained a contract from TrinityRail and Imperial Sugar to provide components for 185 new sugar cars built by TrinityRail. Miner will provide its SaniLOK gate system, which is built with Food and Drug Administration- and U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved food grade materials, and is Imperial's only gate system approved for sugar discharge, according to Miner. The SaniLOK˙ gravity pneumatic gate system will ensure that Imperial safely and effectively transports and unloads its products according to food industry standards, Miner said. The gate system will be integrated into TrinityRail's 5,161-cubic-foot covered hopper car designed to transport agricultural products. The cars also will feature Miner’s Series 2008 brake beams.

• Traffic management system provider Iteris Inc. won a contract from the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport to help develop an area-wide intelligent transportation systems (ITS) architecture in the United Arab Emirates’ capital. The project is expected to take nine months to complete. Iteris will team with ITS consultant TrafQuest to develop an ITS architecture designed to incorporate all modes, including rail, river transport systems and roadways.

• Lodging Enterprises L.L.C. has opened a 30-room Oak Tree Inn in Low Moor, Va., to serve the lodging needs of CSX Transportation crews. The hotel replaces a CSXT dormitory that had been operating in Clifton Forge since 1989. The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 set new hours-of-service limits that mandate more rest for rail employees, including a guaranteed minimum 10-hour disruption-free rest period for train crews and signal workers.

• Dingo and Scientifics Ltd. obtained a multi-year contract to provide Dingo’s Web-based Trakka™ software in combination with Scientifics’ lab oil analysis services to the United Kingdom rail industry. The companies plan to help railroads address their “critical planned maintenance programs” and meet safety requirements, Dingo and Scientifics said. Trakka is designed to store information, including oil sample data, for a condition-based asset management system.

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