This article first appeared in the Railway-News magazine Issue 4 2021.
IMA Dresden is an independent and DAkkS-accredited test centre for the rail vehicle industry and for all other branches too.
We support manufacturers and suppliers in the development process and assist transport companies with damage analysis and product optimisation. We see ourselves as a competent partner by your side for testing, monitoring and certification of materials, components and structures.
We handle carrying or motor bogies for locomotives, freight or passenger trains on our 13 test benches on a test area of over 3,000 square metres.
For testing railcar bodies, we operate three separate test tracks that guarantee a high test capacity. On average, we test between ten and twelve car bodies on our premises every year.
We carry out measurement runs all over the world and evaluate the measurement data. We define individual measurement programmes for you.
We perform FE simulations, assess the strength of products and areas of stress, and carry out strength and lifespan assessments.
Irrespective of whether it is Helsinki or Melbourne, Düsseldorf or Dresden – utilising appropriate measurements, measuring runs and continuous monitoring enables us to record loads in actual applications – whether for approval trials and tests, calculation and simulation or for structure optimisation in problem cases.
We execute measurements of mechanical and electrical variables with static and dynamic loads under operating conditions and install complete measurement chains including the process adaptation.
We carry out long-term measurements for data acquisition in real operation, for example for the assessment of the impact and effects on the service life or the operating strength verification.
We develop systems for monitoring structures, components and plants, which we tailor directly to specific requirements; they issue alerts immediately in case of load or damage events.In numerous applications in different fields, we measure analogue signals such as strain gauges, accelerations and displacements in conjunction with GPS and bus data. This enables us to perform extensive analysis – including location-based evaluation – of measurement data with runtimes of several years.
As an independent and reliable development and testing centre for rail vehicles, IMA Dresden support manufacturers, suppliers and transport operators.
IMA Dresden can comment on the quality of your product with non-destructive testing (NDT), either in its own laboratories or on site on your premises.
Use the competence of the IMA Dresden for your measurement campaigns. We carry out stress measurements and test drives for railway applications.
IMA Dresden – the partner you can contact when it comes to strength assessment and strength analysis of railway components.
Whether a test lasts 2.117 seconds or 10.00 hours – IMA Dresden prepare and carry out every single impact test with the same meticulousness.
IMA Dresden explains how the heart of their test benches is the hydraulic system which is constantly supplying the test bench with oil.
IMA Dresden are at the JEC Dach Forum in Frankfurt, discussing sustainability, e-mobility and thermoplastic composites.
IMA Dresden's hexapod shaker test bench shakes elements for customer testing, from small telematic modules to seat connections.
Want to learn about composite materials? IMA Dresden invite you to join them at the JEC Forum DACH on 23 and 24 November 2021.
IMA Dresden say the size of an object plays a subordinate role in their testing, having tested bone screws to the heaviest passenger aircraft.
Visit IMA Dresden at stand 7 for the 18th International Rail Vehicle Conference, taking place in Dresden from 22-24 September 2021.
Visit IMA Dresden at TRAKO, Europe’s second largest railway technology trade fair, taking place in Gdansk from 21-24 September 2021.
Use the form opposite to get in touch with IMA Dresden directly to discuss any requirements you might have.