The development of a new product for longstanding client, Siemens Mobility, has resulted in the growth of our portfolio of rail depot handling equipment.
We are now offering bogie lifters to the rail market, after designing and producing a set of 22 for a specialist overhaul facility in Lincoln.
Bogie lifters work in pairs to raise a bogie frame to a comfortable height for maintenance and repairs to take place underneath. Siemens Mobility approached us to tender for a set to replace aging equipment and we worked together to perfect the design, ensuring it provided maximum efficiency and safety.
The new lifters were installed at Siemens Mobility in Lincoln at the beginning of the month, where they will be used to service bogies from the Eurostar, Desiro and Thameslink trains. It is the first time we have supplied this location, although our equipment is in use at eight of the firm’s other UK facilities.
Many depots use bogie rotators to raise a frame and they have been a staple in our product portfolio for many years, but we are pleased to now be offering the sector a cost-effective alternative, when there is no need for the bogie to revolve.
Bogie lifters work in synchronised pairs to grip the bogie securely and lift it to a desired height, within a fine tolerance. They are designed to allow maximum clearance around the frame, giving operators access to all areas when dismantling and reassembling the unit.
[L-R Michael Hill Production Manager, Andy Sawyer Technician, Kate Blessing Facilities Manager of Siemens Mobility]