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Control Chief Corp.'s latest offering provides efficient load out capabilities for locomotives

1/27/2016--Progressive Railroading

Control Chief: Load-out Management Solution

Control Chief Corp.'s latest locomotive-based offering combines the flexibility of the transportable MU&Go®plus+TM system with the safety and convenience of a pedestal mounted console transmitter located in the load-out control room, company officials say. 

"With this wireless solution, we are able to take the operator out of the cab of the locomotive and have him positioned in the load-out control room optimizing personnel safety and efficiency throughout the entire process," said Control Chief Rail Applications Specialist Dan Sipko in a press release. "This solution addresses safety concerns that arise from voice-radio miscommunication between the load-out and locomotive operators."

The solution also provides the load-out operator an "eye in the sky" perspective, allowing him to place the locomotive exactly where it needs to be. That reduces the time wasted repositioning cars due to overshoots leading to coupling slack issues, said Sipko. 

The MU&Go®plus+  can be installed on any MU equipped locomotive in 15 minutes or less, company officials say.  Read more...

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