Last month, Canada-based system monitoring and control solutions company ZTR Control Systems announced its new partnership with local rail system supplies manufacturer Surtees Railway Supplies – an extended company of Surtees Rail Group in South Africa.
Combined, the two companies represent over 100 years’ experience and expertise in the global railway industry.
“We believe that ZTR Control Systems provides an exceptional fit to our offerings for rail operators in the region. The company’s unique products will upgrade our own fleet and, through our trained and qualified technicians, Surtees will extend this service to locomotive fleets throughout South Africa and beyond,” says Surtees director Tony Wood.
He adds that this comes at a time when cost-effective solutions for improved locomotive controls, such as increased tractive effort and fuel consumption improvements, are critical in driving costs down.
“At ZTR, it’s important for us to understand our customers. As a local vendor, Surtees brings an incredible breadth of knowledge and expertise as our local representative in the South African railway market,” notes ZTR VP and GM Matthew Scott.
ZTR is confident this partnership will provide hands-on, proven and cost-effective solutions for South African customers for all levels and phases of a railway project.
ZTR impacted on the rail industry when it first introduced its flagship product, SmartStart, an Automatic Engine Start Stop (AESS) system to the world almost 30 years ago.
SmartStart is the proven and trusted choice in AESS solutions around the globe, significantly reducing fuel consumption and cutting costs. ZTR continues to create innovative locomotive systems that promote reliability, availability and connectivity.
For example, the ZTR’s NEXSYSIII-i control system is designed to replace ageing or archaic control systems, while increasing locomotive adhesion, and integrating with AESS technology.
Surtees will also offer the ZTR BOA system, with the most advanced excitation and locomotive wheel slip protection, improving locomotive tractive effort, equipment protection and reliability for optimal locomotive adhesion and performance.
Along with SmartStart, NEXSYS and BOA, ZTR and Surtees offer a suite of products and services that can extend the life of a locomotive by 15 to 20 years.
Being locomotive modernisation experts since 1987, ZTR offers intelligent equipment management solutions for locomotive modernisation and equipment monitoring.
The company specialises in intelligent starting technologies, control systems, remote monitoring, enhanced diagnostics and performance improvements. The company also does maintenance on ageing locomotives to ensure their reliability and effiency.
Surtees has over 65 years’ experience as a renowned provider of locomotive and rail wagon spares, as well as innovative rail solutions.
The company continues to function as a one-stop source for locomotive control systems, components and parts for all types of locomotives and rail wagons, as well as for rolling stock maintenance equipment in the South African rail market.