Sparks flying at iaf New ROBEL machines at work
- Virtual ROBELity: the digital work site acts as a magnet for visitors.
- A perfect 10 for the polished face: ROBEL displays hybrid grinding machines
- 360 degree service: ROBEL extends its service portfolio
Digital means that the work site comes to the railway engineer
The rail calls the maintenance company when irregularities occur. What may sound like science fiction
was experienced by visitors to the exhibition in Münster as a prototype in action: The 68.05i IMS
Intelligent Monitoring System monitors the fishplates round the clock and sends a message direct to
the mobile phone of the person responsible for the installation if there are movements of the fishplates
or the speed is exceeded. Patrolling is no longer necessary, corrections are made early and the line
remains open at all times.
A new way of access in the truest sense of the word opened to trade visitors with the MMS Mobile
Maintenance System: "Virtual ROBELity" makes it possible to visit a work site without the associated
logistic challenges, non-productive time and uncertain weather conditions. Using VR (virtual reality)
glasses, visitors to the iaf were able to follow maintenance tasks on a British MMS, such as replacement
of closure rails, ballast bed rehabilitation and reinstatement of the track geometry.
For ROBEL Managing Director Wolfgang R. Fally, this is the next logical step in strengthening the
company"s customer focus: "All of us have travelled to a work site in the dead of night which then was
postponed at short notice. Using the ROBEL VR glasses, the customer can see the work of interest
under real conditions in the comfort of his office. Currently, there is no site visit that"s more efficient."
ROBEL is grinding smartly
Who says that precise grinding means heavy work? At the iaf, ROBEL presented grinding machine
prototypes which are only half the weight and can be operated with minimum effort and time due to
their design and new drive solutions.
The 13.49 HSK Hybrid Rail Head Profile Grinding Machine and the 13.63 HWS Hybrid Switch Grinding
Machine work with brushless electric motors which sit directly on the cup wheel and are driven by a
separate mobile Power Pack. Due to the compact design, the grinding machine itself weighs barely
50 kilograms. Furthermore, this solution eliminates wear parts such as toothed belts, gears and ball
bearings and provides a better view of the grinding spot. A newly developed cooling system passes air
downwards over the grindstone, with any sparks moving towards the ballast bed almost without any
The idea for the KERS drive technology comes from Formula 1 - the ROBEL Supercap stores
the excess energy from the idling grindstone and releases it during grinding for more power.
A smaller mass to be moved, less vibration, a precise grinding surface and one positive side
effect: the constant speed of the Supercap encourages the self-cleaning of the grindstone;
the normally high wear from clogging is noticeably reduced.
The 13.63 HWS is a switch grinding and reprofiling machine with the advantages of hybrid and
KERS technology. Two machines in one means less space and time is required. The changeover
from cup wheel to grinding disc takes less than five minutes. The third component of the ROBEL
grinding task force is the universal 13.45 SKS Rail Head Grinding Machine for rail heads and
switches. The appropriate guide system is fitted direct on site in next to no time; the operator
adjusts the continuously variable spindle feed as required for an optimum grinding result.
The tilt handles are also user-friendly and are available in a right-hand or left-hand version
according to personal preference.
ROBEL Centre of Competence for 360 degree service
In addition to the performance of a new product, a measure of its value is also its service
life and its consistent readiness for use. ROBEL is continuously extending its maintenance
offering with certifications based on the strict European standards to achieve international
service competence so that your investments remain reliably available.
The SNCF approval for the reconditioning and production of wheelsets for French auxiliary
vehicles which was recently obtained supplements existing approvals such as the
Manufacturer-related Product Qualification (HPQ) of DB, the RISAS-RAL UK quality seal
(United Kingdom) and the TransQ qualification for Scandinavia.
The centre of competence for wheelset and bogie reconditioning presented at iaf is the
new heart of the ROBEL 360 degree service concept. ROBEL accompanies its machines
over their whole life from maintenance, repair and re-certification to complete overhaul and
modification as well as training.
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by: ROBEL Bahnbaumaschinen