The QEG 1000 AUTOSTART system provides reduced fuel consumption and exhaust emissions by monitoring engine operating parameters and automatically shutting down and restarting the engine during locomotive idle periods. This results in significant fuel savings while always maintaining the locomotive in a state of readiness.
The QEG 1000 AUTOSTART system includes the following standard features and benefits:
- Reduced engine fuel consumption, resulting in significant fuel savings and reduced exhaust emissions.
- Integrated recording function, which records fuel report statistics, locomotive statistics, events, and alarm logs.
- System indicator lights (Red and Green LEDs), which indicate the status of the AUTOSTART system.
- AUTOSTART Siren Panels (2), which sound to warn locomotive personnel that a locomotive auto-shutdown or auto-restart will occur.
- Governor Assist Pump, which works in conjunction with the engine governor during auto-restarts to provide sufficient fuel necessary to start the locomotive.
- Engine Protection Device (EPD) Override, which overrides the engine protection device (EPD) during auto-restarts thereby preventing an unnecessary (or false) engine shutdown as a result of a false low water pressure condition.
- Automatic Ground Relay Reset function that resets the Ground Relay following each locomotive auto-restart.
- Load Shedding function that, following a locomotive auto-shutdown, automatically turns off the locomotive’s headlights after the preset time-out period elapses. By shutting down the lighting system, Load Shedding eliminates repeated and unnecessary locomotive auto-restarts.
Together with optional ancillary equipment, the QEG 1000 AUTOSTART System can also provide the following features and benefits:
- Fan Control function that monitors water temperature and activates the cooling fans at specified temperatures, while cycling through the fans to share fan operation.
- Low/High Idle function that monitors water and ambient temperatures to reduce idling costs in above freezing temperatures, and maintain engine operating temperature during colder periods.
- Locomotive kilowatt-hour logs/records: which can be used to compare locomotive maintenance costs against locomotive working time.
- Locomotive speed and distance recording to provide travel statistics.