Compact solution for industrial rail introduced

1st June 2017
Lanna Cooper


It has been announced that Laird will be launching a space-saving solution for industrial rail applications, the Transport Locomotive Control Unit (LCU).

The Transport LCU, which is now available for supply, is installed inside the locomotive and serves as the controlling system for remote, wireless control movement of a locomotive through a railyard and is designed as a small space, easy-install solution. The Transport LCU pairs with either the wearable Paddle or Toggle Operator Control Unit (OCU) regardless of the operator’s location in the yard.

“This really is an ideal solution for customers looking for an entry-level remote control throttle/brake system in their industrial yards where safety, size and cost are the primary concerns,” said Chris Cremer, Director of Sales for Laird Controls in North America.

There are several safety and productivity benefits associated with having remote control operation. To put it simply, remote control operation enables an operator to make safer decisions based on situational awareness that cannot be achieved from inside the cab of the locomotive.

The Transport LCU is noted for its compact, single-cabinet design that requires less space inside the locomotive; easy installation that reduces maintenance and down-time; is designed to allow fast troubleshooting; and, fewer maintenance and repair components for a lower total cost of ownership.

“We see customers needing the quality and features of the larger freight systems, in a smaller more purpose-driven solution specifically designed for moving materials from the freight system into the production facility,” Cremer added.

The Transport LCU delivers the quality and performance that Laird is known for in rail and other markets around the globe. An industry leader in the design, manufacturing, installation and service of wireless automation and control solutions worldwide, Laird delivers a full range of cost effective, reliable and robust communication and remote control components and products that enhance worker safety and operational efficiencies, and bolsters productivity in industrial and other sectors.

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