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Rowe Hankins Ltd
Power House
Parker Street
Lancs BL9 0RJ
United Kingdom

T.+44(0)161 765 3000
F.+44(0)161 705 2900

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Rail Speed Probe and Safety Specialist Expands into North America

Established in the UK and known word-wide as a supplier of safety related electro mechanical systems for rail, Rowe Hankins is moving into North America. A partnership agreement with parts supplier Qual-Tran of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, will make Rowe Hankins speed probes and sensors available as a retrofit on existing rolling stock and to OEM’s for use in new programmes.

Rowe Hankins products are already in use and well proven in North America. Speed probes from the company, supplied as original equipment to international rolling stock majors, are in use from coast to coast in transit systems in New York, Washingon, LA and elsewhere.

Speed probes and sensors provide vital axle-by-axle speed data. This data is fed into the control system to ensure that trains accelerate and decelerate more efficiently. More effective speed control also reduces wear to wheel sets and tracks by the reduction of slippage and drag. The Rowe Hankins product uses the Hall-effect principle to provide a highly accurate measure of speed and distance.

Qual-Tran Products already supplies train operators with a comprehensive range of electrical and mechanical components and sub-systems together with in-depth technical support. “We are confident that we have in Qual-Tran a highly competent technical partner able to provide OEM manufacturers and transit operators with full technical support during every phase of a project from specification and programme support of new equipment build, right through to operation in the field,” explained Rowe Hankins sales director Mike Hankins.

Commenting for Qual-Tran, managing director Brad Levin noted, “The Rowe Hankins products will fit comfortably into our portfolio and extends the range of products, and support services that we can offer our clients. I have seen the exceptional performance and reliability statistics for these speed probes and sensors which provides proof of their quality.”

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Michael Hankins, Tel. +44 (0)161 765 3000 Fax. +44 (0)161 705 2900
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Rowe Hankins Ltd, Power House, Parker Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0RJ, UK

Brad Levin, Tel. +1.215.699.9102 Fax. +1.215.565.2563
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Qual-Tran Products, 1301 Skippack Pike, Suite 7-A348, Blue Bell, PA 19422., USA

Press release issued: October 25, 2010

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Rowe Hankins speed probes and sensors will be available as a retrofit on existing rolling stock and to OEM’s for use in new rail programmes.

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Qual-Tran will provide North American OEM manufacturers and transit operators with full technical support for Rowe Hankins speed probes.

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