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Product Design: Taco Control Unit

Project: A Tacho Distribution Unit designed for use in the Track Recording Unit

Introduction

Our client, Network Rail required a Tacho Distribution Unit designed for use in the Track Recording facility which controls and maintains the UK’s rail infrastructure. The TDU needed to comply with Railway standards and fit in a standard 19” rack system

 

Challenges
The challenges facing us were:

  • To design a product to replace an existing complicated system with increased functionality
  • To reduce internal cabling
  • Increased durability compared to previous systems
  • To meet product lifetime requirements

Solutions
The actions we took to address the challenges were:

  • Component selection was critical to enhance the products functionality and performance.
  • The use of flexible ribbon cables where possible
  • Durability of assembled product needed to be assessed for vibration.

Results
Our actions resulted in:

  • A product that met all expected criteria.
  • A neat and tidy design.
  • Reduced manufacturing costs due to ease of assembly.
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