Bench Test Equipment for Testing Critical Railway Components

Bench Test Equipment for Testing Critical Railway Components
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This article first appeared in the Railway-News magazine Issue 3 2021.

Bench Test Equipment for Testing Critical Railway Components

Transit authorities rely on bench test equipment (BTE) to ensure critical components affecting train safety and availability are in a state of good repair. Due to a consolidation of BTE suppliers in recent years, transit authorities are left with few options to choose from and standardised systems provide limited options for customisation.

ORBIS, a US-based veteran-owned small business is disrupting the market and achieving strong growth by offering solutions that are fully customised to the unique needs of each application. ORBIS BTE solutions also provide maximum flexibility and a lower total cost of ownership.

Bench Test Equipment

The term bench test equipment (BTE) refers to automated test equipment used to perform full functional testing of critical components in the rail industry.

Brake controllers, master controllers, operator interfaces (aka hostler panels), and some circuit card assemblies (CCAs) are examples of critical components. These are often labelled as line replaceable units (LRUs) as it is typically more cost-effective to replace rather than repair the units based on time, expertise, or concerns about voiding manufacturer warranties.

Consultative Approach

ORBIS engineers go beyond the testing requirements to uncover the unique needs of each customer and application…

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