The Omnia Group was formed in 2008 as a partnership between Bonomi Group (including Bonomi Rebosio), SATFERR (Italian design house), and GCF (Italian rail contractor – previously known as Bonciani). The three companies brought together their respective expertise and experience in OLE manufacturing, design, and installation to create a product to solve many of today’s challenges at the catenary level.
After extensive consultation with Italian rail operators, the group developed a design brief to create a cantilever solution that would deliver a step change in safety and efficiency for installers and maintainers, whilst also improving reliability and flexibility to offer a longer service life and higher availability of the network.
Omnia is a suspension for overhead lines that can be applied to railway, underground, metro, trolleybus or tramway. The Omnia system delivers great simplicity through ease of assembly and deployment, reduction in parts and a design that works, giving the user huge savings in the ownership of this equipment compared to traditional solutions.
Omnia’s unique central beam is both the core to Omnia’s strength and stability and the enabler of its simplicity for installation and maintenance. Omnia’s aluminium alloy structure brings a weight reduction of around 40% from a standard steel cantilever, a tools reduction from 5 to 2, the major component count from 12 to 5 and the number of nuts to tighten from 30 to 6.
Omnia features and benefits for the UK rail industry
The result of the Omnia Group’s collaborative design is a modern range of standardised lightweight aluminium cantilevers that deliver the following headline benefits to the rail industry:
Product Lifespan and Reliability:
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Whole Life Cost Savings: