The implementation of positive train control (PTC) touches or will touch a number of links in the U.S. rail chain. It'll certainly bring more electronics to the railway — and the need to protect that new technology, as writer Bob Derocher reports in a recently posted article on surge/lightning protection (the article also appears in our February 2015 issue). Railroads want better reliability, more remote monitoring capabilities and better multifunction options, particularly as the electronics in need of lightning and surge protection become more complex and more costly to repair or replace, as representatives from Smiths Power, ERICO, Phoenix Contact and Trainyard Tech told Derocher.
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