ABB to showcase leading-edge rail technologies at InnoTrans in Berlin

Zurich, Switzerland, Sep 16, 2016 – Innovative next generation traction transformer and battery charger among major product launches supporting ABB’s vision of sustainable mobility for a better world
ABB will present a wide range of innovative rail technologies for rolling stock and infrastructure at InnoTrans in Berlin, from September 20-23, 2016, a biennial trade fair positioned as the world’s largest international platform for passenger and freight transport technology. ABB will exhibit some of its latest traction and power technologies as well as service and asset management solutions, to support train manufacturers, railway operators and network managers with reliable, energy-efficient and intelligent solutions.

As a world premiere, ABB will debut its Effilight® traction transformer which features a unique patented design enabling a significant reduction in the amount of oil required. As a result, the technology enables significant weight reduction and energy savings for train manufacturers and railway operators. ABB will also launch its BORDLINE® BC next-generation battery charger. Incorporating silicon carbide technology, it offers the most compact design, high power density, reliability and easy maintenance.

“ABB’s focus at InnoTrans is on innovative technologies to help our customers meet their operational and financial goals while minimizing environmental impact” said Jean-Luc Favre, head of ABB’s Rail Industry Sector Initiative. ”Transport and infrastructure are key focus areas in ABB’s Next Level strategy and part of the company’s ongoing commitment and the solutions showcased by us support our vision of sustainable mobility for a better world.”

ABB will showcase its highly energy-efficient traction converter replacing the older GTO converters in the Re460 locomotive. The new IGBT converters increase train availability, reduce operating cost and help extend the service life of the locomotives by another 20 years. Another key exhibit is ABB's modular Conceptpower DPA 120/240 uninterruptible power supply (UPS), which keeps rail networks moving safely and smoothly with maximum reliability. Also on display will be flexible and highly performance turbocharging solutions for diesel locomotives and ‘Pluto’, a compact, powerful and user-friendly safety PLC (programmable logic controller) for rolling stock.

As part of its service offering, ABB will highlight sensor and software-based solutions to facilitate the integration of operational and information technologies and enable asset health management, in line with the company’s Internet of Things, Services and People (IoTSP) approach.

ABB offers a range of power and automation products and solutions for the rail and transport sectors, to manage energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and offer a cost-effective approach to customers. Increasing concern for the environment, rapid urbanization, the need to move more people and freight faster and volatile fuel prices make rail a strategic focus sector for ABB.

ABB ( is a leading global technology company in power and automation that enables utility, industry, and transport & infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people.

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