R&P Centre “Promelectronica”: 25 Years of Innovations in Railway Transport

25 years of Innovations in Railway Transport took place from May 24th to 26th in Ekaterinburg.

The Conference was held by R&P Centre “Promelectronica” and supported by the Union of Transport Organizations of Russia, Union of Industries of Railway Equipment, Union of Defense Enterprises of Sverdlovsk region, Union of Railway Enterprises.

Innovations in Railway TransportInnovations in Railway Transport

More than 100 specialists from Russian Railways, industrial enterprises and design organizations from Russia, Latvia, Bulgaria and Brazil gathered in the capital of the Ural region to discuss the core issues of railway infrastructure.

The welcome speeches and reports were made by the guests of honour – Mr. Gennady Nasonov, Chief Engineer of Central Infrastructure Directorate, Russian Railways; Mr. Vitaly Kaynov, Chief Engineer of Design and Construction Bureau and Russian Railways; Mr. Alexey Pidyashov, Chief Engineer of Sverdlovsk Railway, Russian Railways; Mr. Igor Zelenkin, Deputy Minister of Industry and Science of Sverdlovsk region.

Modern Railway Signalling

During the Conference the participants discussed the capabilities of modern railway signalling, shaped joint plans for improvements in this filed and shared their experiences in microprocessor systems at mainlines and industrial railway enterprises.

Mr. Gennady Nasonov, Chief Engineer of Central Infrastructure Directorate, Russian Railways, defined prospects of cooperation with Promelectronica:

“During the period of its existence R&P Centre “Promelectronica” has made a great jump in development – from simple axle counting systems to microprocessor interlocking and auto block systems. Future cooperation is seen in full equipping a track section with systems of one manufacturer, i.e. we’ll try to implement the full life cycle maintenance. R&P Centre “Promelectronica” is a company which perfectly fits for the tasks which we are currently performing, e.g. in regard to the development of the East test site.”

A significant moment of the event was an agreement signed between R&P Centre “Promelectronica” and Balkantel Ltd. about the license and manufacture of the microprocessor interlocking system MPC-I in Bulgaria.

Jubilee Year Celebrations

The name of the Conference was symbolic for the organizers – Promelectronica turned 25 years in 2017.

The celebration of the Jubilee Year is being marked with many astounding achievements, one of which is the implementation of the microprocessor interlocking system MPC-I at its 100th station, the Mengon station at the Far East Railway.

Mr. Yury Karakulov, Chief of Technical dpt., Far East Infrastructure Directorate of the Russian Railways, said:

“Implementation of the microprocessor interlocking system MPC-I at the Far East Railway was started in 2010. Since that time we’ve reduced number of relay rooms, made the maintenance easier for the staff. As the system was implemented in a sparsely populated area, application of MPC-I reduced operation costs and time for service. Specialists of R&P Centre “Promelectronica” maintain the full manufacture cycle – from installation up to warranty and post warranty maintenance. Over the period of operation MPC-I has proved itself as a reliable product. We hope for further cooperation with Promelectronica.”

Museum of PromelectronicaInteractive Displays

During the presentation in the manufacture area, the participants visited the sections of mounting and assembling, surface mount and microprocessor interlocking assembly.

Participants could also walk around the Museum of Promelectronica. One of the most meaningful items is the dot matrix printer СМ6346, manufactured in 1992 it laid the foundation of Promelectronica. Mr. Igor Tilk, President of R&P Centre “Promelectronica”, personally prepared the agreement on the printer manufacture and components shipment. From 1992 to 1995 over 1000 printers were produced, including customizations. It was at this particular period that the company formed a core team of designers and engineers.

Guests could also see other first products of the company, historic photos, copies of internal documents, honors and more. Along with it there was a large exhibition of products and system intended for various tasks: detection of vacancy/occupancy of track sections – ESSO-M, ESSO-M-2; safety at level-crossings – MAPS, MAPS-M; line control – MPB; station centralized control – MPC-I, MPC-I-3, microprocessor interlocking Underground auto block, speed control, points and signals control; train traffic interval control – ABTC-I, SINTERA, DUPLEX.

Unveiling of A New Solution

The company also presented a new solution – mobile container MKM intended for equipment installation in cases of no buildings. The guests could see the microprocessor interlocking system MPC-I and microprocessor level-crossing protection system MAPS installed in the mobile container MKM.

At the exhibition everyone could learn functional features of the displayed systems and get detailed advice from the engineers.

The Conference ended with a summary of the company’s success along with awards for long term and reliable partners, a concert and amazing fireworks.


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