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High Speed Photolytic Cleaning of Third Rail Insulator Cleaning

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-08-C-10028
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT57-08-C-10028
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 07-FT4
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-01-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-07-09
Small Business Information
27 Industrial Avenue
Chelmsford, MA -
United States
DUNS: 927281949
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Raymond Schaefer
 (978) 367-0232
Business Contact
 Teresae Casey
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (978) 367-0232
Research Institution

This project addresses the specific need for an improved method for cleaning insulators that electrically isolate the third rail. Current methods are labor intensive and expensive, but the insulators should be cleaned regularly to avoid even greater expense. This project is to adapt an innovative photolytic paint stripper to cleaning insulators for the third rail. The overall objective is to demonstrate the feasibility of using a photolytic method to clean third rail insulators, that is non-chemical, dry, cleans all types of dirt found on insulators and cleans all sides of the insulator, quickly and cost effectively.

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