Revolutionizing Autorack Lighting for Effortless Automobile Loading and Unloading!
In an Autorack railcar, perforations allow vehicle exhaust to escape and these small holes provide the only source of light which come from the yard lights. These external yard lights often fall short in brightness and can be obstructed during loading and unloading, creating challenges for workers.
The introduction of a modular LED light system by INPS for Autorack railcars addresses the challenges posed by dim yard lights. This innovative solution enhances visibility, ensuring workers’ safety during tasks like loading and unloading, especially with the precision required due to the narrow car dimensions.
The avoidance of traditional methods like flashlights minimizes the risk of damage to valuable vehicles. Overall, the cutting-edge lighting system transforms the Autorack railcar experience for load/unload crews.
Challenges such as:
The Solution is a cutting-edge lighting system to transform the Autorack railcar experience.
INPS recognized the need for adequate lighting to facilitate the tasks of load/unload crews, with a specific focus on wheel chocking. Their solution was a game-changer:
INPS introduced a modular LED light system, strategically installed throughout the railcar.
Prototypes were implemented to gauge brightness and light levels, ensuring optimal functionality.
The decision was made to position the light source under the car, eliminating obstructions and streamlining vehicle placement.
Pre-production prototypes were installed in five autorack railcars. These railcars were loaded and unloaded at night using LED lights, then transitioned to another railyard. Load/unload crews were polled on the system’s effectiveness, addressing whether it improved their jobs in terms of speed and ease.
INPS’ Autorack Lighting solution, designed to enhance efficiency and safety, is positioned to benefit freight railroads throughout North America. With the capability to serve over 70 automobile manufacturing plants across the region, INPS is poised to elevate the loading operations of railcars, providing a valuable solution for improved visibility and worker safety.
“Bid farewell to the old ways of loading and unloading automobiles in the dark. Embrace the future of railcar lighting with INPS Rail Solutions.”
This article was written by INPS Group.
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