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CP RAIL, Coquitlam, B.C.
To come up with a more durable securing latch for the Sensing
and Braking Unit (SBU) of their trains.
Overview of KLN's Contribution:
Re-engineering of the original manufacturer's latch as well as
design and machining of all the tooling required for the new
latch's manufacturing process. Then, over a few years,
production of several thousand of the new securing latches in
batches of 50 to 500 units each.
The Sensing and Braking Unit (SBU) of a train is an expensive
monitoring device attached to the end of the last train car.
It continuously measures the pressure in the braking system
and transmits this value to the train's engineer in the
locomotive, alerting immediately of any unsafe values. The SBU
is secured against loss and theft with a latch (SBU latch).
CP Rail was running into the problem that the latch provided
by the original manufacturer was continuously breaking. After
analyzing such a latch, a number of small but relevant design
improvements were applied by KLN's team and a heavier gage stainless steel
material chosen for its manufacturing. Then KLN designed and
produced the necessary tooling and has since been manufacturing
these SBU latches not only for CP Rail, but through this
client's recommendation also for CN Rail
and BC Rail.
Contract Design Engineering, Prototyping, and Manufacturing Services
KLN KLEIN Product Development Inc.
(Located in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Area)
19787- 56th Avenue, Langley, B.C., V3A 3X8, CANADA
Phone: (604) 530-1491 Fax: (604) 530-6241
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