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L.B. Foster Successfully Installs Four PROTECTOR® IV Friction Management Units in Catania, Italy

We are proud to announce that through collaboration with Italy's Ferrovia Circumetnea and our local Italian partners, we have successfully completed the installation of four customized PROTECTOR® IV Friction Management units, incorporating advanced Remote Performance Monitoring technology, in an underground tunnel.

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    Due to space restrictions and the location of the units underneath the emergency walkway in the tunnel, each unit featured a unique detachable product tank and electrical cabinet lids to enable fast and easy refilling with friction modifier. The units also had a bespoke mounting solution to secure the units to the tunnel floor. This project is a great example of how we work as a partner with rail operators across Europe and how we listen and adapt our solutions to customers with specific needs. 

    Our PROTECTOR IV Top of Rail Friction Management System has a long-proven track record in reducing track damage and noise in combination with our KELTRACK® top of rail friction modifier. Combined with recent innovations including our TOR Foam application bars and our next generation Remote Performance Monitoring (RPM), the PROTECTOR system has built on its heritage and is now the most advanced friction management system available in the world.  

    Our PROTECTOR system is exceedingly reliable, easy to maintain, and consistent and precise in application rate. The Digital Control Box (DCB2) uses proprietary compensation algorithms to seamlessly adapt to the changing operating conditions and consistently outputs the correct amount of KELTRACK®

    Our Remote Performance Monitoring (RPM) system provides immediate, intuitive insight into the operating performance of friction management assets via its dedicated web portal. RPM makes managing Friction Management programs easy. 

    We are recognized globally as the leading expert in managing friction at the wheel/rail interface. Our engineered solutions apply innovative technologies that transform safety, reliability, and efficiency. 

    Contact us today to learn more about our friction management offerings and how they can enable safety, keep things moving, improve information flow, enhance environments, and monitor conditions on your railway.  

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