Plasser & Theurer brings unrivalled experience to bear on its appearance at the International Trade Fair for Transport Technology (InnoTrans) in Berlin, which runs 23-26 September. Visit the Austrian company at stand 222, hall 26, to discover the latest innovations in tamping and material logistics and learn about its plans for offering a worldwide technical service.
More than 30 years of non-stop tamping has brought Plasser & Theurer a great deal of economic success. The firm's excellent machines have set benchmarks for speed and quality, both for tracks and turnouts, where ever-evolving technology has enabled continuous tamping of up to four sleepers simultaneously, while constantly reducing the amount of resources consumed.
Additionally, operators benefit significantly from the ergonomic adjustments at the workplace. At the InnoTrans Plasser & Theurer will present the latest product of continuous-action technology: the Unimat 09-4×4/4S universal tamping machine.
The company's new MFS 120 conveyor and hopper units represent the very latest developments in material logistics. The new system makes higher safe loads possible and offers improved load distribution with the aim of travelling on additional line categories.
The retractable transfer conveyor belt means that match wagons are required and a new operating concept enables several MFS units to be controlled from one unit. The MFS 120 is switched off automatically by the control system when it is completely loaded.
Careful management of the engines, which are precisely calibrated in order to deliver exactly the right output, ensures that the units are operated in as ecologically sound a fashion as possible.
According to the company, its use of up-to-date material logistics for material conveyor and hopper units guarantees higher safe loads and improved load distribution.
Plasser & Theurer is increasingly focusing on global technical service. This includes rigorous instruction of machine personnel at dedicated training centres, as well as on the job and customised service contracts that lead to the highest possible availability and cost-efficient operation of each machine during the course of its lifespan.
The Austrian firm stresses that the technical competence of its service staff enables the company to offer its customers a decisive advantage.
Plasser & Theurer also places great importance on the fast supply of original spare parts. New tools, such as the Datamatic remote diagnosis system, which ensures direct access to all relevant machine data, are already being used.
Today, machines built by Plasser & Theurer are in operation on all major railways around the world. The mobile factories produce high-quality work in the millimetre range. All high-speed lines were and still are built, upgraded and maintained using Plasser & Theurer machines. To assure this leading position and to prevail against the growing competition, innovation remains an important part of the company philosophy. Almost all milestones in the development of mechanised track maintenance are based on ideas and designs originating from Plasser & Theurer.
Plasser & Theurer is one of the leading international manufacturers of track maintenance machines. Plasser & Theurer supplies machines and complete systems to all five continents and also influences the development of railway technology. Particularly now, when the strictest economic criteria is setting the tone and the pressure of competition is rising, the strengths of our lean organisation and highly qualified staff become apparent. As long as progress is on our side, all challenges can be faced. Plasser & Theurer knows this and places great importance on innovation.
Machines built by Plasser & Theurer offer high working speeds, high quality of the work performed and perfect compatibility with the needs of each individual customer - all factors that directly bring an increase in cost-efficiency. The savings achieved are astonishing even for comparable investment goods. In earlier times, main tracks had to be corrected once a year, but today maintenance is carried out every five to six years. At the same time, it was possible to raise the working speed from 120 metres per hour to 2,600. Similar advances have been achieved in the field of overhead catenary lines. For the renewal of a section of catenary 1,500m long five days were needed, but today, thanks to the catenary renewal train built by Plasser & Theurer, it can be done in a day.
Productivity increases to this extent of course result in a substantial reduction of costs. Savings achieved through mechanised installation, and maintenance of tracks and overhead lines - not forgetting the reduced costs for hindrance of rail services - ensure that the machines pay for themselves within the shortest possible time.
The increasing pressure of time in modern day railway operation and the associated short maintenance windows demand the highest possible availability of the machines. Extreme climatic and tough operating conditions place high demands on the sturdiness of the track maintenance machines. The assurance of a high level of operational availability is therefore a decisive factor for the cost-efficiency of the machines.
For this reason, Plasser & Theurer has established a worldwide network of service depots, repair workshops and spare parts warehouses. Moreover, with the training centre in Linz, Austria, and training facilities at the partner firms all over the world, steps have been taken to meet the growing need for dissemination of relevant, practically-orientated knowledge relating to this specialised field.