From now on, commercially produced electric locomotives AM8D and 2AM8D will be equipped with the in-house design control systems. New designs featuring multiple advantages as compared to earlier models and will help Corum to bolster its standing in the mine transport market.
Locomotive control system will tackle lighting, alarm and speed control functions (OSKS). It is designed to trigger sound warning signals, to automatically control headlight operations, to register and display the locomotive’s speed and mileage. Not that long ago, imported equipment had to be employed for the purpose; however, a decision was made to develop and start manufacturing the company’s own control system.
This new OSKS system is much more advanced and “cutting edge” than the one used earlier. It has been developed based on state-of-the-art hardware of the most renowned brands, but the smart core, the control software, is a genuine in-house design of Corum Druzhkovka Machine-Building Plant.
– OSKS control system has been developed based on programmable logic controller (PLC) and operator text panel to gain advantages over the earlier models, – explains Oleg Meniaylo, Design Engineer. – Our earlier speedometers were just equipped with digital speed indicators, but now operator panels provide analog presentation. The engine driver now controls speed “out of the corner of his eye” while being focused on the track. Besides, the panel displays data on exceeding the rated speed, on lighting and alarm operation modes. On top of that, our in-house OSKS consumes less power, which is rather important for a battery-powered machine.
– Manufacturing electric transport vehicles for mines is one of our core competences and the principal expertise of our company cherished by our clients both in Ukraine and abroad, – comments Tatyana Kalugina, Director of Corum Druzhkovka Machine-Building Plant. – We are busily developing this area, and creation of the in-house locomotive control system is quite a push on to the next level of our expertise. I am proud of our experts who managed to reach the target in such a perfect way. Our next step is to develop electronic control systems.
Now the activities are underway to equip locomotives AM8D and 2AM8D with the new OSKS system, as these are supposed to be shipped to customers in the nearest future.
The people in the plant say that newly developed OSKS is a transition stage on the way to implement electronic control systems (ECS). Today, Corum Druzhkovka Machine-Building Plant builds new electric locomotive AM8D-05 already equipped with ECS. The designers say it’s going to be “Tesla of underground electric locos”. New locomotive AM8D-05 is scheduled to be accomplished by March of 2019.