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L-com Armoured Cable Case Study: Kinki Sharyo Rail Transit

by Stuart Berry January 24, 2018

In large urban areas, thousands of people depend on the rail system every day as their primary mode of transportation. A major L-com customer, Kinki Sharyo, has designed and manufactured more than 10,000 railcars and is the leading supplier of low-floor light rail systems in North America. From manufacturing to service maintenance, they design a full-range of customized products to meet the needs for each individual transit system.

New Jersey Transit

After being awarded a $30 million contract from New Jersey Transit, Kinki Sharyo needed to make 60 new trains with DVI, Cat5e and USB cabling for onboard video and LED lighting systems. The problem they were having was finding a cable that could provide connectivity to articulated train cars that are connected to each other. The existing connectivity method used heavy gauge cables bundled together that frequently wore out and had failure at friction points. They needed a robust cabling system that would not wear down and could withstand the movement of the train cars and constant flexing of the cables.

L-com provided Kinki Sharyo with crush-proof armored USB, right-angle Cat5e Ethernet and right-angle DVI cables all off-the-shelf and ready for installation. These cables met all the needs of the new rail car design. The USB cables were more than rugged enough, the right-angle DVI and Cat5e cables were the perfect fit for rail cars with limited space and they all provided the added benefit of low-smoke zero-halogen jackets to protect the new rail cars and passengers inside.

The YouTube video above demonstrates how tough these cables really are!

To read the full case study, click here.




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