Unipart Rail Announced as Distributor for AB Hoses’ AAS

Unipart Rail and AB Hoses’ Relationship Gains Traction

Announced today is the appointment of Unipart Rail as exclusive world-wide distributor for the AB Hoses and Fittings Ltd. Advanced Automatic Sander (AAS) – an award winning, service proven, variable rate sanding system that meets all the requirements and recommendations of the RSSB T1107 research project.

The new system has been developed to deliver enhanced adhesion for rail vehicles and has the potential to deliver significant timetable improvements and cost savings for rail vehicle operators, reduce low adhesion SPADs by 98% and reduce low adhesion station overruns by 96%.

Advanced Automatic Sander - Sander pipes and bogie bracket
Sander pipes and bogie bracket
David Whiteside, AB Hoses Commercial Director, said:

“We have worked very closely with RSSB and West Midlands Trains, along with Ricardo Rail, DB-ESG and Intrumentel, to build on our existing, award winning, sanding system technology and delivered the DVRS system used in the T1107 service trial. I’m delighted to say the results were overwhelmingly positive, the drivers loved it, and it is clear that DVRS is the future and has the potential, in the words of a TOC Operations Director, to be a “game changer”. As the only UK owned and based sander system manufacturer we have, in RSSB’s opinion, raised the industry’s expectations on what sanding systems should be capable of. Working with Unipart Rail is a natural extension to our technological innovation to accelerate the distribution and adoption of the AAS.”

Kelly Warburton, Managing Director, UK Rail Commercial at Unipart Rail, said:

“We are always keen to work with existing suppliers and new partners to support new innovation and the commercialisation of new technologies that will benefit our customers. Through joining our market reach and customer relationships with AB Hoses’ innovation, we are set to deliver a massive improvement in timetable accuracy and lower costs to our customers.”

Press release originally published by Unipart Rail.

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