Camlin Rail is pleased to announce the successful installation and commissioning of PANTOBOT 3D at Heathrow Airport.

The Problem

Damage, wear and tear and other anomalies can cause chipping to the pantograph’s carbon strip, as well as increased wear and damage to overhead line equipment, resulting in the need for unnecessary maintenance and high restoration costs. In some cases, this damage to overhead lines can bring networks to a complete standstill while damage is repaired, resulting in widespread disruption and delays.

The Heathrow rail link, from Paddington Station to Heathrow Airport, carries around 17,000 passengers on up to 186 services every day, and any disruption to these services can have an extremely negative impact on Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited’s outstanding reputation.

2019 will also see the introduction of the new Elizabeth line, with up to 24 trains per hour and a brand new fleet of trains. Total passenger numbers are expected to be in the region of 200 Million per year.

The Solution

PANTOBOT 3D, an industry first in wayside pantograph monitoring, provides the railway operator with a unique and cost-effective solution to monitor train pantographs with incredible accuracy using 3D analysis. Access to the railway is more difficult than ever but a wayside approach, coupled with a lightweight modular design, simplifies the installation process and reduces whole life maintenance costs for the railway operator.

The system can automatically recognise and monitor a variety of different pantographs operating on the same network and record wear and tear in order to anticipate any issues that may arise in future, as well as providing instant alerts to the railway operator.

PANTOBOT 3D enables railway owners to identify pantograph issues early and prevent unnecessary tear downs of the contact system.

Mark Chestney, Head of Rail at Heathrow Airport Limited, commented:

“Providing frequent, reliable and sustainable access to the airport is critical to Heathrow’s success. Rail is fundamental to this today and will be even more so in the future as Heathrow encourages both passengers and colleagues to move away from using cars and into the use of public transport, for the improvement of local air quality. PANTOBOT 3D will help achieve our transport ambitions, and will provide us with crucial tools to help us prevent and react to damage that could impact passenger journeys”