Bangalore: Technology company ABB has grabbed an order to supply 1600 tranction transformers to Indian Railways, helping in the public carrier’s bid to expand capacity. The transformers will be manufactured locally in ABB’s Vadodara facility, in sync with government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
ABB will supply 25 kilovolt underframe traction transformers for the 800 locomotives (2 units per locomotives). These transformers have been designed for extreme temperatures and voltage fluctuations.
They will support heavy freight loads over long distance haulage under rigorous conditions, including steep inclines, the company said.
“The scale of this order is a recognition of our ability to deliver technologically-advanced reliable products, locally and to cater to evolving customer needs,” said Sanjeev Sharma, CEO and Managing Director, ABB India.
“ABB has been a long term partner for Indian Railways and Alstom (French company operating worldwide in rail transport markets).
Investments planned in the railways will shape the direction of economic growth in India, paving the way for next level innovative technologies to be designed, adapted and manufactured in the country.”
Traction transformers feed power at safe voltages to essential train functions like traction, brakes, lighting, heating and ventilation, as well as passenger information, signaling and communication. They are used by rail operators around the globe.
Indian Railways operates the largest rail network in Asia, and is the world’s second-largest rail network. The company moves more than 12,500 trains and 23 million passengers daily, equivalent to the population of Australia.
ABB is a world leading independent supplier of innovative and reliable technologies to vehicles manufacturers, railway operators and system integrators.
With a comprehensive offering for rolling stock and infrastructure as well as FACTS, network management solutions and SCADA systems, ABB also provides lifetime service support, including maintenance and retrofit.
ABB keep moving with new sustainable approaches that enable customers to use energy effectively, creating a low carbon railway industry that operates with maximum efficiency and reliability.