Trip Optimizer

Optimize your trains, automatically. 

A state-of-the-art on-board train control system, Trip Optimizer (TO) functions much like an aircraft’s auto-pilot, learning a train’s characteristics, creating an optimal trip profile, then automatically controlling throttle and dynamic brake to reduce fuel burn and ensure safe training handling for locomotives.

The result? Trains that run on time, operate more smoothly and use fuel more efficiently – cutting your emissions by 3-17% and saving on the cost of fuel.  

During the trip, a sophisticated network of on-board computers and GPS systems update the profile continuously, adjusting for changes so the train can arrive on time — and with minimum fuel use.

For each locomotive on which it is used, Trip Optimizer can reduce fuel consumption an incremental 32,000 gallons, cut greenhouse gas emissions by 365 tons, cut NOx emissions by 5 tons, and decrease particulate matter emissions by 0.2 tons.

For an average U.S. Class 1 mainline locomotive, reducing consumption by just 1% realizes $7,500 in fuel savings per year. Multiply that by the number of locomotives in your operation AND by the actual percentage drop in fuel usage and it's easy to see just how dramatic an impact Trip Optimizer can have on your bottom line.

Proven Fuel Savings

  • 10% energy savings
  • 10% emissions reduction
  • 11% mean shift
  • Reduced standard deviation between drivers
  • Removes variations in driver response seen in coaching system

Trip Optimizer (Auto Control) Speed Regulation

  • 90% vs. 65% on target
  • 10% vs. 19% underspeed
  • No overspeeds
  • Reduced variability

System Components

  • Wireless System
  • On-Board Planner
  • Closed Loop Control
  • Operator Interface