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The new standard in friction management It’s not every day that a new standard in trackside friction management is introduced to market, but that’s exactly what L.B. Foster Friction Management has achieved with the launch of its groundbreaking PROTECTOR®X.

The new standard in friction management It’s not every day that a new standard in trackside friction management is introduced to market, but that’s exactly what L.B. Foster Friction Management has achieved with the launch of its groundbreaking PROTECTOR®X.

PROTECTOR®X system provides unsurpassed performance, reliability, and ease of maintenance in both gauge face and top of rail friction management applications. Its unique, steep-walled, conical product compartment design enasures first-in, first-out product utilization.

“The new units are designed specifically to reduce track access requirements for installation, maintenance and refilling. Plus we’ve designed in a special double wall that meets strict Environment Protection Agency secondary containment requirements.”

Joel VanderMarel, P.Eng, Global FM Product Manager – Trackside Solution, L.B. Foster

Joel VanderMarel, P.Eng., is L.B. Foster’s Global FM Product Manager – Trackside Solutions. He explains: “The PROTECTOR®X system’s extraordinary design is optimised to deliver up to 100% product utilization before cavitation. That’s a figure we’re confident will outperform any trackside friction management dispensing solutions currently on the market.

“Our innovative control system uses proprietary compensation algorithms to ensure a consistent application rate regardless of changing operating conditions. So that means you can be assured that PROTECTOR®X will keep on performing whatever the weather throws at it.”

PROTECTOR®X features a large, high capacity compartment available in three sizes:

  • 50 USG/400 lbs (190 L/180 kg)
  • 100 USG/800 lbs (380 L/360 kg)
  • 160 USG/1250 lbs (610 L/570 kg).

VanderMarel continues: “When designing the PROTECTOR®X we really wanted to find smart ways to make installing and maintaining the system as simple and straightforward as possible. The new units are designed specifically to reduce track access requirements for installation, maintenance and refilling. Plus we’ve designed in a special double wall that meets strict Environment Protection Agency secondary containment requirements.”

An optional Remote Performance Monitoring (RPM) system, developed by L.B. Foster, allows users to monitor the status of trackside systems remotely. The RPM system gives equipment owners the capability to maximize operating uptime of units, optimizing the deployment of maintenance resources.