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Hima-Sella is to supply components for the European Train Control System (ETCS) signalling system trial that Hitachi Rail Europe is currently running in collaboration with Network Rail in the UK.

As sole UK distributor for Deuta-Werke rail components, Hima-Sella will supply MFT_L11 driver displays and DRS05 Doppler speed radar equipment.

The display will indicate speed and ETCS related data to the driver on a 10.4in TFT display and processor with safety functionality approved to SIL2.

The DRS05 uses the Doppler effect for the non-contact determination of speed, distance and driving direction.

The antenna arrangement measures speeds from 0.2 to 600kmh.

Detailed specifications are currently being developed with Hitachi Rail Europe and once finalised, equipment will be manufactured and shipped to Japan during 2011 for system integration and testing, before being fitted and trialled on a train in the UK.

The system to be trialled will be similar to the Hitachi-supplied Chinese Train Control System (CTCS3) that is currently being implemented.

The aim is to ensure that the Hitachi Rail system is ETCS-compatible so that it can be introduced as part of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS).

ETCS addresses the significant differences between Europe’s separate national railway networks, which use the same gauge but have differing voltages, signalling and control systems.

ETCS will enhance the rail network capacity, support increasingly reliable train operation and provide more efficient cab-based signalling systems that will eventually bring control inside the driving cab, using GSM-R radio technology, transmitted to trains by means of trackside base stations.

Hima-Sella is an independent designer and supplier of integrated safety-critical control and automation systems and specialises in delivering the following:

  • Burner Management (BMS)
  • Control & Instrumentation Panels & Desks
  • Customer Information Systems (CIS)
  • Data Logging
  • Distributed Control (DCS)
  • Emergency Shutdown (ESD)
  • Fail-safe Radio Remote Control
  • Fire & Gas Detection
  • High Integrity Pressure Protection (HIPPS)
  • Interface Cabinets
  • Marshalling Cabinets
  • Panel Build
  • Plant Mimics & Displays including large TFT LCD screens
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)
  • Programmable Electronic Systems (PES)
  • Telemetry Services includes Consultancy; Project Management; Design; Engineering; Manufacturing; Testing; Commissioning; Technical Support; Customised Training. Industries include Oil & Gas; Nuclear; Petrochemical; Steel; Transport; Defence and Chemical.

In 2001, Hima-Sella was awarded the first ever CASS certificate (CASS00001), from SIRA, for compliance with IEC61508 Functional Safety Management and our Quality Management System has been approved to BS EN ISO 9000 since 1989.

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