Rail safety specialist, Zonegreen, is expanding the services it offers to Nottingham’s Eastcroft depot, following the installation of its Points Converter technology, which automates the traditional hand points.

Points Converter is controlled by a key switch control panel, situated on a local walking route, removing handling risks and meaning staff do not have to navigate ballast to operate the point. The system is also designed to enable more converters to be added at a later date if required. Should additional converters be installed, it is possible to set routes through multiple points, using a centralised computer system.

The Points Converter attaches directly to the hand point mechanism and moves the switch with a hydraulic actuator. Multiple units can be linked and operated from a distance, using a remote handset that enables predefined routes to be programmed in advance. It also includes a logging system, allowing the depot manager to track points operation and record safety events.