A Win at the Light Rail Awards

Our recently developed 4 Channel Speed Sensor earns recognition as highly commendable. Thus, the Virtual Light Rail awards in the Technical Innovation category was a highly successful outing.

4 Channel and the Virtual Light Rail Awards

Our 4 Channel provides high-quality reliable signals to various on-train systems. Through our design engineering, the 4 Channel increases the capabilities of conventional dual channels.

Simply by having two independent dual channel sensors in one sensor housing. This reduces the number of Speed Sensors around a gearbox or axle. In short, pushing the rail industry forward with the use of fewer Speed Sensors per train.

The invention of the 4 Channel Speed Sensor is that there are four sensor outputs in isolation from each other. With each Sensor stuck in isolation, any malfunction or failure of a Sensor won’t affect the functionality of any of the remaining 3 channels. This provides a backup and additional redundancy protection and therefore sustainability. In dual-channel Sensors, the failure of any channel results in direction detection not coming through.

Therefore, it becomes necessary for the replacement of the Sensor.

The innovative 4 Channel Speed Sensor increases safety and performance but also is the environmentally friendly and sustainable option to keep rail journeys moving.

Well done to all our team for making this year such a success!

Our recently developed 4 Channel Speed Sensor earns recognition as highly commendable at the Virtual Light Rail awards in the Technical Innovation category.

Exhibition Date Changes for 2020

Rowe Hankins Ltd.’s events for 2020 have been postponed until 2021/22 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It’ll be a little while longer until we can exhibit at our shows, but we can’t wait to see you there in 2021/22!

RSN, The Rolling Stock Networking Event in Derby’s Velodrome is now being held on the September 30th 2021. The show also features for the first time a “meet the buyer” held by the Railway Industry Association.

Our stand will be at space H1 where we will showcase our latest product developments and services.

Book Tickets Today

The event is free to attend, and visitor registrations can be completed online.

We will be exhibiting at InnoTrans in Berlin, the world’s largest trade fair for Transport Technology. Our new date exhibition date is from 20-23 September 2022, yet we remain at our original stand at 230B in Hall 2.2. Our sales team and technical engineers will be exhibiting daily from 09.00 a.m. until 06.00 p.m.

Tickets to the event are free of charge and can be booked online at the InnoTrans Website.

The All New 4 Channel Speed Sensor

Available from late 2020, the 4 Channel Speed Sensor is the latest product development in a series of new product ranges.


Through inventive thinking, the engineering team at Rowe Hankins have developed the sensor. In short, the new product provides you with truly high-quality reliable signals to various on-train systems.

4 Channel Speed Sensor

The 4 Channel Speed Sensor has two independent dual-channel Sensors in one Sensor housing. Encapsulated in a robust stainless-steel shell, which allows for prolonged use in harsh traction environments. Owing to similar physical footprint, this Speed Sensor can be a direct replacement for Speed Sensors.

As a result, the time necessary to install and replace the Sensors reduces, and downtime lessens. There is also an environmental saving due to fewer materials needed to manufacture. Moreover, fewer Speed Sensors are necessary for operation, which in turn reduces the weight of the train.

The innovation includes four sensor outputs in isolation from each other. Because of the isolation from each other, failure of any Sensor won’t affect the functionality of any remaining channels. This provides backup and additional redundancy protection.

In dual-channel Sensors, the failure of any channel will result in direction detection not occurring. Therefore, you have the cues to know that the Sensor will need replacing.

4 Channel Speed Sensor

In addition, the engineering of this Speed Sensor means instead of losing an entire Sensor, you only lose one channel. This vastly improves the performance and safety on the train. Not only can the train continue to operate but the signals monitored to various on-train systems are more dependable.

Tariq Latif, Engineering Manager says:

“The 4 Channel Speed Sensor will provide the rail traction industry with a multi-interface solution for systems requiring a high reliability and robust product.”

More information is available on request from the sales department at sales@rowehankins.com.

The Intelligence behind Wheel Flange Lubrication

Metal fatigue, screeching noises, wheel wear, these are but a few issues that are facing the traction industry.

To combat these issues and prevent derailments, we turn to wheel flange lubrications. Current methods of train borne and track-mounted lubrication systems don’t promote effective use of lubrication exactly when and where it is necessary. Or they simply do not do it at all.

However, our award-winning Intelligent Wheel Flange Lubrication (iWFL) is different. The iWFL is a train-borne dispensing system that applies precise amounts of biodegradable lubricant. In turn, it creates a more smooth contact between the wheels and the rail. Engineered and in operation for both national rail and tram networks, the iWFL improves safety as well. In short, the iWFL greatly reducies both wheel and track wear.

How we’ve designed the Intelligent Wheel Flange Lubrication (iWFL)

The design of iWFL seeks to apply lubricants specifically when and where necessary and in the right amounts. Thereby enabling it to be technically effective and economic. Its intelligent design senses the location/intensity of track curves using a combination of GPS signals and speed and distance sensors. The unit then processes the data and, only where necessary, does it apply the lubricant to the wheel’s flanges.

The iWFL system is relatively simple to install. It is an under-train application and can be a retro-fitted to the vehicle. Using the tram or train’s existing antenna for GPS signals means there is a minimum of disruption to the train infrastructure.

In addition to the iWFL, the use of top of the rail friction modifiers (ToRFM) can work in conjunction with one another to increase safety and reduce noise. (ToRFM) is a customised friction modifier system that applies a friction modification grease to the top of the rail track. This combination means that both the top of the rail track and the wheel’s flanges are sprayed with an exact amount of lubricant needed.

The use of iWFL and ToRFM work to extend service and maintenance intervals, reducing downtime and costs, and most importantly, improve safety.