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Smarter pantograph developed

20 Sep 2016

UK: Wabtec company Brecknell Willis has unveiled a pantograph developed with the support of a £300 000 grant from safety and standards body RSSB.

The pantograph measures the contact with the overhead electrification equipment and automatically adjusts to ensure optimised current collection. Sensors at the head of the pantograph constantly monitor the surrounding infrastructure, providing data to help determine the maintenance requirements for rolling stock and OLE.

Brecknell Willis collaborated with City, University of London to develop a prototype pantograph, and received additional funding from the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council.