Zircon’s PLC Endeavour

Zircon has recently completed work for a client who is upgrading a railway in Norway. A number of updates to the railway, including new interlockings, new signals and other equipment upgrades meant that both the software and the underlying data required updating.

Our engineer worked on our client’s site to support this upgrade project. He was primarily responsible for creating an interface between our client’s control centre applications and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC).

The PLCs collect maintenance information from all over the rail network. The system architecture was being changed to simplify the wiring by making use of a network of PLCs, rather than a single central one as previously used.

Zircon assisted in developing the communications software running in the control centre, to interface to the PLCs using a standard process control protocol (OPC).

This links the incoming fault and status data to the control centre database, enabling operators to view problems on their workstations.

Our client is currently installing the software on site and Zircon is ready to support this if required.

More From The Blog

TIDS Progress Update – Live Platform Testing

TIDS Progress Update – Live Platform Testing

TIDS Progress Update - Live Platform TestingSince the last update back in July, we are pleased to announce that the TIDS hardware has successfully been installed onsite at the first of our trial stations. For the next 5 months, the TIDS system will remain in place to...

Improving Rail Safety With Autonomous Trespass Detection

Improving Rail Safety With Autonomous Trespass Detection

Improving Rail Safety With Autonomous Trespass DetectionNetwork Rail and Innovate UK released the Innovation in Railway platform end and edge technology funding call through the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRi) in December 2019. It is known that trespass on...

Armed Forces Day 2019

Armed Forces Day 2019

Armed Forces Day 2019Armed Forces Day 2019 is rapidly approaching, and Zircon is pleased to announce that we are proud supporters of this years National Event. Hosted in Salisbury and running over the course of three days, 28th to 30th June, it is anticipated that...

End Of Year

End Of Year

End Of YearWith the end of 2018 drawing closer, it is an opportunity to reflect upon all that has happened this year and look forward to what 2019 will bring. This year has been a strong year for Zircon, as we continue to grow both in our customer base and our staff...

Another Year Over – 2017 From The Eyes Of Zircon

Another Year Over – 2017 From The Eyes Of Zircon

Another Year Over - 2017 From The Eyes Of ZirconAs we approach the end of 2017 I would like, as is the tradition for these things, to take a look back over the year at Zircon Software.  This has been my first full year heading the company and one that has proven to be...

Zircon Examines Drag Detection At The PTI

Zircon Examines Drag Detection At The PTI

Zircon Examines Drag Detection At The PTI Earlier this month Rome’s metro system was abruptly thrown into the spotlight after a female passenger was dragged along a platform after sensors failed to detect that her bag strap had become trapped in the door of the train....