Induction Welding System for Rail by Mirage Ltd
Mirage has developed an induction welding system for rail. Following demos at Rail Live, we are awaiting NR product approval.
The constant increase in passenger and freight rail traffic increases wear on materials and machines. The result is a higher maintenance requirement and shorter intervals before more work is necessary.
The limited availability of track therefore means the work has to be performed more efficiently to minimise railway traffic disturbance. As the costs of using conventional rail-bound machines and working methods to carry out this work are continually increasing, the future belongs to flexible road-rail systems.
SRS road-rail vehicles move between work sites at normal road speed and can be driven on the road as close as possible to the work site. This reduces the track transport time considerably and increases the effective working time on the track. A further decisive advantage of road-rail vehicles is that they can be loaded at the depot and are therefore able to transport materials to the work site using the road and the track. The easy and uncomplicated transfer of the vehicle from the road on to the track saves time and money as there is no need to reload the material. This means that road-rail vehicles can usually work longer at the site.
The patented road-rail system equipped with a hydrostatic drive eliminates contact between the rubber tires and the rails. When the vehicle is on the track it rests entirely on the rail wheels. This avoids wear on the rubber tires, which helps cut costs. The quick transfer of our vehicles from the road to the track requires just three to five metres of a level crossing. In comparison to conventional systems, the advantages in terms of time- saving and lower costs of the SRS rail driving system are clear to see. Designed to handle speeds of up to 100 km/h on the track the SRS road-rail system is incredibly safe within its speed range compared to systems which use tires. The rail wheels of our system give our vehicles the same characteristics as a purely rail-bound vehicle on the track including the same braking capacity and traction.
The SRS system also allows the remote control of the vehicle from, for example, the working platform or the crane. During this time, no driver is required in the cab. This reduces costs and saves time and also eliminates the risk of a misunderstanding between the driver and the operator. The mechanised vehicles are equipped with an electronic control system, which further reduces the number of operators and therefore also the operating costs.
All SRS vehicles are custom-made to meet customer needs and specifications. They comply with the European standard for road- rail vehicles EN 15746/RIS1530 for both mainline and light rail.
Contact: SRS Sjölanders AB, Klövervägen 17, 283 50 Osby, Sweden
Phone: +46 (0) 47917500 Email: [email protected]
Fax: +46 (0) 47917545
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