Joshua Gibbons
Industrial Design and Technology BA
Handbrake Alert System
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Project Description

The Handbrake Alert System has been designed to work in conjunction with current duties carried out on railway sites. The product is used to highlight what handbrakes have been turned to an on position on freight wagons. The product offers and indication to ground staff what handbrakes need to be turned off before a train's departure helping to improve safety standards in rail yards by ensuring ground staff are aware of their surroundings, as well as improving safety on the national rail network. The product aims to prevent wagon damages to handbrake systems and to prevent wheel flats that can occur if a wagon is in transit with a handbrake on. This will minimise the number of derailment incidents on the network helping to keep train services running optimally and reducing the number of damages that occur on the rail lines. Further to this the product will help reduce the amount of maintenance and repair costs that follow damaged handbrakes or flat spots on wheels.