BELTPACK® is a sophisticated computer-based locomotive remote control system.
BELTPACK® is a sophisticated computer-based locomotive remote control system. It allows yard operators to control driverless, microprocessor-equipped switching locomotives using a battery-operated portable Operator Control Unit (OCU).
Easy to use, there is no need for extensive operator train handling experience to put BELTPACK® to work, safely and efficiently.
Railroads that have adopted BELTPACK® as a locomotive remote control solution, have significantly increased safety in their yards, reduced their operating costs, and improved their productivity. BELTPACK® has been proven to significantly reduce rail yard incidents, in some cases, the accident rate was reduced by 56%.
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What makes BELTPACK® revolutionary is Brain in the Train™, an advanced onboard microprocessor programmed with the industry's best train handling practices. Other unique features are Dynamic Speed Control™ which gives the operator complete control over train speed and more time to concentrate on his surroundings and the movement of the train; Protective Pitch and Catch™ for safe and efficient dual-operator control and tilt detection, which will automatically sound an alarm and bring the train to a controlled stop if the OCU is tilted more than 45 degrees off the vertical. As well, the reset safety control monitors operator alertness while interlocked processing of commands will prevent unsafe actions. There is also a pre-programmed coupling speed feature.
Our extensive BELTPACK® support services include:
All our remote control products are certified to be manufactured under the latest Quality Assurance ISO 9001-2000 standard as well as the Association of American Railroads AAR M-1003 standard.
Typical Pitch and Catch configuration including a Repeater.
The ergonomic control unit, the OCU IIe is 39% smaller and 44% lighter than previous designs. It was developed using human factor design requirements for improved operator comfort and ease-of-use and is a direct result of extensive prototype field-testings and operator input. The OCU IIe housing is made of cast magnesium, making for a lightweight, high impact resistant and highly durable unit.
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