The VTG iWagon is a trailblazer in rail freight; introducing a plethora of innovative features that will unequivocally improve the safety of freight transport by rail.
Wagons which adopt this innovation will benefit from axle generators, generating its own power and will also have the ability to control wheelset slides in low adhesion conditions. iWagon incorporates Wheel Flat Prevention (WFP), a patented system which monitors wheelset slide protection and brake condition. Subsequently, wheelset conditions are maintained, preventing track damage, increasing the longevity of wagons, and availability as less maintenance is required, whilst also mitigating recent major derailments due to its locked axle detection and driver communication.
Brake Condition Monitoring (BCM) is another vital component which will improve the rail freight experience, as it removes the need for annual brake tests, promoting maintenance flexibility and enhanced customer service. BCM will analyse the health of brakes, leading to better visibility and reliability. The emphasis isn’t just on safety, as this is coincided by new digital capabilities. Wireless communication is a facet of the system, as it allows full connectivity to upload data real time to the VTG offices and those with iWagon in their fleet. VTG Connect boxes will be permanently powered by the generators and will have full Bluetooth enabled to allow further innovation and connectivity. Due to the expeditious and synced communication between the wagons and relevant stakeholders, the iWagon’s capabilities can be exploited; for example, gauging the conditions of wagons with improved visibility. The iWagon further reinforces VTG’s stance on sustainability, as i-Maintenance ensures carbon footprint is reduced as a result of less repairs being conducted.
Read more about the launch of the iWagon in our press release here.