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Gas-Fired Blower Energy Management System Gas Blower Accessories

Fastrax® Energy Management System (EMS) is designed to turn gas-fired blowers on when there is freezing rain or snow detected by monitoring site conditions such as precipitation, ambient air temperature and rail temperature. Fastrax® EMS components include a circuit board, ambient air temperature sensor, and optional precipitation sensor and/or rail thermostat.

We offer three types of Energy Management Systems including:

HELLFIRE Energy Management System

HELLFIRE heaters are designed to accept all the EMS components, a circuit board1, a plug in precipitation sensor, ambient air temperature sensor and rail thermostat. No extra enclosure por wiring required, simply plug them into the control board.

Single Heater Energy Management System

The Single Heater EMS automates the control of a single heater, typically at an end of a siding.

In addition to all the standard features, the Single Heater EMS includes an Aggressive Retry function that attempts three retries before reporting an alarm in the event of a heater failure.

Multi Heater Energy Management System

The Multi Heater EMS is recommended for the automatic control of 2 to 6 heaters, or 2 to 10 heaters, typically at a double crossover. The Multi Heater EMS is installed in the signal bungalow to provide a single control point for all heaters and use of existing control wiring.

In addition to all the standard features, the Multi Heater EMS includes a switch warming function, daily heartbeat heater trial, manual run timer, RTC timer, stagger start timer and test cycle. The switch warming function turns the switch heaters on briefly after extended periods to remove any blown snow accumulation or fallen ice in the switch. The heartbeat function helps avoid train delays by testing the heaters for 5 minutes daily, reporting any failures before a snowstorm.

Features

  • Adjustable precipitation sensitivity, temperature set points and timers to optimize snow clearing performance, saving fuel and extending equipment life.
  • Rail thermostat sensor reduces fuel consumption by limiting rail temperature to a maximum of 9°C (45°F)
  • Low temperature cut off to avoid nuisance flame safety relay shutdowns due to loss of propane vapour pressure during extreme cold periods
  • Parallel operation with Rail Traffic Control allowing stand-alone operation with RTC backup.

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Specifications

Adjustable precipitation sensitivity, temperature set points and timers to optimize snow clearing performance, saving fuel and extending equipment life
Rail thermostat sensor reduces fuel consumption by limiting rail temperature to a maximum of 9°C (45°F)
Low temperature cut off to avoid nuisance flame safety relay shutdowns due to loss of propane vapour pressure during extreme cold periods
Parallel operation with Rail Traffic Control allowing stand-alone operation with RTC backup
Field adjustable settings allow optimization of performance and energy savings, to extend equipment life and save fuel costs, without compromising switch clearing ability