Freightliner Acquires Ultra-light simulators

On Monday 20th February 2023 Rob Hammond, Craig Evans and Jonathan Ellerbeck (Freightliner ERTMS Operation Specialists) accompanied by ASLEF Business Council Representatives, Tony Venson and Peter Mason, travelled to Grenoble in France for the completion of ultra-light simulator Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT).

Factory Acceptance Testing, commonly referred to as FAT testing, is a series of functionality checks performed on industrial equipment before shipping to the end-user. Working in conjunction with simulator designer, CORYS, Freightliner’s representatives undertook vigorous testing of the simulator’s software, hardware, computer-generated imagery (CGI) and train modelling.

In development since summer 2022, the business chose to have their ultra-light simulators modelled on Freightliner’s class 66 locomotives. The train model is based on the proposed European Train Control System (ETCS) cab design and includes high level functionality of the Driver Machine Interface (DMI) and TPWS 4. Procured for use as an ERTMS training tool, the simulators contain a generic CGI route consisting of a mixture of ETCS and conventional signalling systems and the ability to simulate many different faults and failures that can occur on the mainline.

On Thursday, 23rd February 2023, Rob signed for the acceptance of Freightliner’s first simulators into the business. The ultra-light simulators are due to arrive at our Ipswich academy for site testing and commission in mid-March.

Rob Hammond sat with CORYS Project Manager, Nathanaƫl Leguay, as he signs for the acceptance of ultra light simulators.

A huge thank you to our Operations Team and ASLEF BC Representatives for your hard work and dedication. Also thank you to CORYS for hosting us this week.

Group photo consisting of Freightliner and CORYS team. Courtesy of CORYS.