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Railway tank cars to become intelligent

Railway tank cars are designed for the carriage of hazardous gases such as propane, butane, ammonia, and other mixtures. These cars are also used for the carriage of chemicals such as sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, and nitrobenzene.

The tanks which are made of carbon steel and acid-resistant steel, depending on the transported medium, in capacities of 55m3, 108m3, 113.5m3, 117m3, and 125m3 are designed and certified in accordance with the provisions of Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI) and Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID).

It also comes with the option of being equipped with GPS, an odometer, a derailment detector, and quick connectors.

Chemet, the manufacturers of these railway tank cars are set to convert these tank cars into intelligent railway tank cars by integrating Nexxiot’s Asset Intelligence technology into their newly manufactured railway tank cars.

This will allow the users of these cars to access the real-time location of equipped railway tank cars, monitor total mileage, and shocks, and receive notifications if the tank experiences significant temperature changes. Nexxiot’s sensors and data analytics also provide advance notice of adverse conditions, preventing greater damage and losses.

Our customers have expressed an increased desire for digitalization, and we want to ensure that their needs are being met,” said Bartosz Urbaniak, Commercial Operations Director of CHEMET in a press release.

Partnering with Nexxiot allows CHEMET to offer fully digitalized tank cars and eliminates the need for our customers to undergo the rigorous process of identifying, mounting and coordinating the rollout of new technology themselves. CHEMET manufactures the safest railway tank cars available today, and with the addition of Nexxiot’s technology, our customers will benefit from smarter and safer tank cars that are rail-ready right off the manufacturing line,” added Urbaniak.

We want to celebrate CHEMET’s bold move to fully digitalize their manufactured tank cars,” said Stefan Kalmund, CEO of Nexxiot. “The deployment is an important step in the digitalization of tanks and sets an example for the industry to aspire to.

CHEMET focuses on serving the European tank cars market, producing annually up to 500 complete tank cars and up to 1,000 tanks for the railway industry designed for transportation of dangerous goods (LPG, ammonia, chemical products) for leading rail clients including ERMEWA, ARETZ and GATX Europe.

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