electric locomotiveFirst here’s a little puzzle for you: What weighs more than 80 tons, has a minimum of 5.2 megawatts of power, can reach up to 200 km/h, has no combustion engine, but still needs a MANN+HUMMEL filter? Do you know the answer? It’s an electric locomotive, more specifically the Siemens Vectron.

The Vectron series from Siemens is a relatively new generation of locomotives, developed for an extremely broad range of traction operations. The locomotives can be used in passenger and goods transport on both national and international lines. There are two variants: the electric locomotive and the dieselelectric locomotive.

Even an electric locomotive needs filters

We supply our tailor-made cyclone pre-cleaner as standard for engine room ventilation in the electric locomotive series. Our reliable, maintenance-free multi-cyclone block provides the drive technology and power electronics with pre-purified cooling air, and therefore makes a considerable contribution to ensuring optimum working conditions for the high-performance components.

electric locomotive DBDue to increasing attendance rates, Vectron locomotives are not only appearing at established rolling stock trade fairs, such as the InnoTrans in Berlin, but also at other European fairs as well. So it was no surprise that I came across our multi-cyclone block again at this year’s TRAKO in Gdańsk, Poland, at the end of September 2013. The cyclone pre-cleaner was installed to a Siemens Vectron DC 3 kV.

The TRAKO trade fair is being developed for the Eastern European markets, i.e. Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Ukraine and Russia, as the new leading trade fair for rolling stock technology. The increasing need for modernisation in these countries brings the whole Central European vehicle and supplier industry together, and of course everyone wants a piece of the action. I was on site to drum up business for our Railway division in the area, and consolidate relations with our customers.

The next rolling stock trade fair in Germany is InnoTrans 2014 in Berlin, where we will once again have a stand and will be showcasing our multi-cyclone block.