The new “Zugspitze cable car” was opened in 2017 on Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze (2,962 m) . The record-breaking aerial tramway climbs 1,945 metres along a length of 4,467 metres. Two gondolas transport up to 580 people per hour to the mountain station and back to the valley. With up to 5,000 passengers per day, safety is top priority!
That’s why the automation system PSS 4000 is used to ensure safe operation. Together with Frey AG Stans, which has been part of the Doppelmayr/Garaventa group since 1 April 2017, Pilz developed a safe automation solution for the Zugspitze cable car, a solution that controls the whole cable car system.
In particular, PSS 4000 ensures safe control and communication between the overall system and the subsystems, such as the drive controller, remote monitoring system or visualisation.
The automation system is programmed and set up using the software PAS4000. Special deactivation concepts are also part of the solution. “Deactivation concepts are measures that continue to guarantee operation if individual subsystems should fail” says Hansruedi Schleiss, Frey AG Stans. The decisive factor for choosing this solution from Pilz was that the automation system PSS 4000 can control both safety and automation functions. This means that differentiation is no longer necessary between these two functions. http://www.pilz.com
As a modern service company with a total of 27 mountain railways and ski lifts and seven proprietary gastronomic businesses, the Bavarian Zugspitze Railway transports summiteers to almost 3,000 metres. All year round, about 300 staff welcome guests from all over the world, enabling them to experience an exceptional mountain experience.
As quality, technology and market leader in ropeway engineering, the Doppelmayr/Garaventa group operates production plants as well as sales and service centres in over 40 countries worldwide. To date, the company has built over 14,900 cable car systems for customers in 95 nations. Flexibility, expertise and pioneering spirit make the group ideally equipped to meet all the challenges of traditional and new markets.