On Board Solutions

AUTOPILOT®

AUTOPILOT is a mobile top-of-rail application system. This advanced technology can be installed onboard a freight car or locomotive and applies KELTRACK® friction modifiers to the wheel/rail interface. The AUTOPILOT system uses GPS control to automatically adjust product application rates to optimize the friction levels at the wheel/rail interface. This flexible control technology can incorporate geo fencing as well as normal operating inputs to create a customized application strategy if required. These mobile systems are customized specifically fit any car or locomotive and aim to maximize tank volume capacity to meet the service needs of the customer.

The AUTOPILOT system is also supported by Remote Performance Monitoring (RPM) technology. RPM is a powerful tool that enables customers to manage critical control settings to ensure optimal performance. It proactively manages the lubrication equipment by monitoring and reporting uptime, maintenance concerns and refilling requirements. The technology also facilitates advanced maintenance and filling programs by predicting when the equipment is arriving at the maintenance site so refilling can be completed within typical yard dwell times keeping your railroad operations on schedule.

BENEFITS

  • Increases Fuel Economy
  • Increases Rail Life
  • Increases Track Structure Life
  • Reduces Lateral Forces
  • Reduces Derailment Potential
  • Reduces Green House Gas (GHG) Emissions
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Applications Any commodity car (Iron Ore/Coal etc)
Tank Capacity 50 USG to 200 USG (current models)
Power 74 VDC – inverted from Locomotive
Control Features GPS enabled control, RPM data collection & monitoring
Typical Application Rates 35 to 60 ml/mile/rail

 

LCF SOLID STICK ON-BOARD LUBRICANT

L.B. Foster’s LCF (Low Coefficient of Friction) Solid Stick is a 100% dry, on-board lubricant specifically designed to reduce flange wear.. LCF provides consistent lubrication to the wheel/ rail interface throughout the entire railway system and is safer, cleaner and more reliable than oil system alternatives.

Engineered to be different from traditional lubricants, LCF is applied directly to a portion of the wheel flanges of a rail vehicle using a spring-loaded bracket/applicator assembly custom designed to meet each customer’s specific requirements. The LCF material transfers to the wheel flange and gauge face of the rail, leaving a thin film that provides excellent, system-wide wear protection.

LCF Solid Sticks have several distinctive characteristics that make them the preferred choice of rail system operators. Each stick includes a patented interlocking feature to ensure continuous product application and minimal waste. The product’s intrinsic thermosetting properties ensure no migration to the railhead and prevent the stick from melting under high temperatures. LCF is non-toxic, non-flammable and flame-resistant to meet strict environmental standards and is safe for use on subterranean railways.

BENEFITS

  • Extends Wheel Flange and Rail Gauge life
  • Reduces Energy Consumption
  • Reduces Risk of Low-speed Derailments
  • No Effect on Traction or Braking
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Appearance Black, opaque solid
Available Options Interlocking and Non-Interlocking
Coefficient of Friction Range < 0.15 on Metal Surfaces
Thermal Regulation Does   not   change   dimensions   or   melt   under
    temperature. Decomposition begins above 250°C.
Fire Safety Non-Flammable (ASTM D 4982-95)
    Unable to Sustain Combustion (ASTM D635-97)
Toxicity Non-Toxic
   

 

HPF SOLID STICK ON-BOARD FRICTION MODIFIER

Our HPF (High Positive Friction) Solid Stick is an on-board friction modifier designed to reduce corrugation and tread wear. It is applied directly to the wheel treads of the rail vehicle using a spring-loaded bracket/applicator assembly specifically designed and built for each customer. The HPF material creates a micron-thin film layer between the wheel tread and the top of rail, providing a controlled friction level of 0.35 on the wheel/rail interface.

HPF helps to control wheel squeal noise and reduce the onset of short pitch corrugations after grinding. The stick consumption is self-regulating, ensuring reliability, cleanliness and easy maintenance. Our patented interlocking feature ensures continuous application and waste mitigation. Each stick contains thermoset characteristics that do not migrate to the railhead. The thermoset also prevents the stick from melting under high temperatures.

Unlike traditional lubricants, such as oil and grease, HPF has no impact on braking or traction. Additionally, it is non-flammable, non-toxic and environment-friendly.

BENEFITS

  • Reduces Short Pitch Corrugations
  • Reduces Rail Replacement Costs
  • Reduces Lateral Forces by 30-50%
  • Reduces Energy Consumption
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Appearance Black, opaque solid
Available Options Interlocking and Non-Interlocking
Coefficient of Friction Range 0.30-0.40
Thermal Regulation Does not change dimensions or melt under temperature.
    Decomposition begins above 250°C
Fire Safety Non-Flammable (ASTM D 4982-95)
    Unable to Sustain Combustion (ASTM D635-97)
Toxicity Non-Toxic