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Innovations In Traction Power

Traction continues to develop as transit moves towards a more environmentally friendly path for the future. The number of electrified lines are increasing and there has been a development of systems that include maximizing braking power, managing voltage, and handling frequency travel within the transit system.

The limitation of new traction systems will work at improving power supply at all times. Many locomotive agencies are working towards developing an environmental impact in the United States and choosing between alternating current and direct current considerations for the power distribution.

New rail line technology is working to innovate a traction power system that offers new synergy into the market and a savings potential that has been unheard of till this point.

As light rail becomes much more widespread across the United States we will see a refinement of this technology as it becomes more popular. This smooth and reliable deployment of these technologies will make sure that a good traction power system will improve the lifespan of vehicles and the rider experience. Traction power supply systems include the option of power under AC and DC power and the system manufacturers are finding their way into a large portion of the global market. As standards change in traction power we will see even greater reductions based on the newest innovations.

So the greatest innovations in traction power that occurred recently include reductions in short-circuit return, power supply, and control or power supply improvements, excessively high voltages being prevented with proper grounding, and more.

Top innovators in the market are collaborating to provide even further improvements for these systems as well. If you would like to learn more about the best in traction technology, contact us today.

This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Swartz Engineering. For nearly a half a century, Swartz Engineering has been at the forefront of industry safety. They are a family-owned company specializing in power distribution for the electrical industry. They are the leading manufacturer of Type 76 DC relays. It is the most widely accepted protective overcurrent device used in the transit industry today.

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