English translation: pantograph strip monitoring system
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German to English translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering - Transport / Transportation / Shipping / Electric Locomotive
German term or phrase:Schleifleistenüberwachung
"Alle Stromabnehmer haben eine Schnellsenkeinrichtung; bei den AC-Stromabnehmern wird die Schnellsenkeinrichtung durch ein Ansprechen der pneumatischen Schleifleistenüberwachung aktiviert."
From a text about a kind of electric locomotive. This is specifically to do with pantographs. I have absolutely no idea what a "Schleifleistenüberwachung" is and can't find a translation for it anywhere. TIA for any light you can shed on this obscure word.
Explanation: The parenthetical element could be added for clarity if you're comfortable that contact force is the parameter being measured. Take a look at http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20030126933.html for a detailed description of how such a system works.
I agree with Edward that it's a device or system rather than a process, so it's the points to him here. But many thanks to the other contributors and peer graders - appreciate everyone's assistance. 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer