Zonegreen Begins Major Safety Upgrade for Siemens

Sheffield-based rail safety specialist, Zonegreen, is working with Siemens to overhaul the personnel protection systems installed at its UK maintenance depots.

Kings Heath Traincare Facility in Northampton is the first to receive an updated version of the firm’s Depot Personnel Protection System, which was installed originally in 2006.

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Depot Personnel Protection Systems (DDPS™)

DPPS™ provides physical protection for staff working in rail depots through the use of powered derailers. It is controlled by intuitive road end panels, operated by electronic datakeys that allow staff to create safe zones in which to work. The system also incorporates visual and audible warnings, indicating when vehicle movements have been authorised.

At Kings Heath, the six-road main shed and eight sidings roads have been upgraded to the New Generation DPPS™, which is the product of six years’ research and development, plus extensive customer feedback. Zonegreen’s latest system is more dynamic and intuitive than its predecessor, utilising modern electronics and remote diagnostic features, to make it easier to maintain and extend its lifespan.

As part of Siemens’ midlife overhaul, Zonegreen has also updated its Depot Manager software. It now offers advanced traceability, logging all actions on DPPS™ and provides easy to interpret data with increased analytical options, whilst making it possible to enable train movements remotely.

Christian Fletcher, Zonegreen’s technical director, said:

We have enjoyed a long and happy relationship with Siemens spanning almost 20 years, during which time DPPS™ has been specified in most of its traincare facilities. The midlife overhaul at Kings Heath and imminent upgrade at Northam TMD in Southampton, reflects our client’s commitment to improving safety and the technological advancements we have made, in response to this ever-evolving industry.

For more information about Zonegreen’s New Generation DPPS™ and the improvements it is making for Siemens, telephone (0114) 230 0822 or visit www.zonegreen.co.uk

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Rail Depot Personnel Safety

Zonegreen are by far the market leader in the provision of rail depot personnel safety, specialising in the delivery of intelligent technologies to offer protection from dangerous environments in a safe and efficient manner. An unrivalled reputation for quality, safety and reliability has been built by the Sheffield based safety specialists. The team of expert engineers at Zonegreen have achieved this reputation by developing an impressive range of intelligent technologies to offer safety related products and innovative planning of train maintenance operations. Continued research and development projects have ensured that Zonegreen longevity and reputation as a global leader in depot safety systems. Whilst the companies enduring success is predominantly credited to its Depot Personnel Protection System (DPPSTM), the firm has also brought a successful range of complimentary products to market, including interlocking solutions, Points Converters, railway maintenance planning applications and out-of-gauge warning systems. These systems are installed worldwide and can be used in sectors as diverse as transport, petrochemicals and aerospace. [gallery ids="11771,11773,11774"]

Depot Personnel Protection System (DPPSTM)

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Train Maintenance Planner

The planning of train maintenance operations is still commonly conducted on whiteboards located in operation control rooms, detailing which train units require servicing, maintenance tasks, as well as expected arrival and departure times. These are updated manually either in a tabular form or on top of a graphical layout representing a bird's eye view of the depot. Zonegreen's operator planning suite, as a multi-user, web-based graphical task planning application, is a cost-effective replacement of the whiteboard. It consists of two main views: a graphical layout representing the depot on which users can position trains and create and assign maintenance tasks, and a tabular layout to plan trains' scheduled arrivals and departures. The train maintenance planner function of the depot manager allows staff to:

Safety Interlocking Systems

The concept of interlocking has been applied to create increasingly sophisticated systems with the potential to prevent personal injury or costly damage. Our engineers have developed highly sophisticated safety interlocking systems in train depots that prevent unauthorised movements of trains, thus protecting injury or death to personnel and damage to other trains and equipment in the depot. Additionally, we manufacture internal interlocking systems that prevent danger when personnel try to circumvent safety measures. This, in turn, reduces the risk of damage to equipment. Zonegreen has developed a safe system of work that absolutely prevents access to high level access platforms by means of a fully guarded stairway and interlocked gate that can only be opened with a key that is released from a control panel when the OLE is locked and earthed. The sequence of unlocking and removing keys that, in turn, allow other keys to be released, ensures prohibition of access to areas unless they are safely isolated and earthed. This interlocking system is vastly superior to a ‘permit to work’ system that is only reliable provided that everyone in the loop strictly obeys the rules.  It is also possible to interlock third party equipment.

Depot Safety-Related Equipment

Zonegreen offers a range of depot safety-related equipment for depots, including but not limited to:

Maintenance and Installation Works at Rail and Tram Facilities

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