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(R)evolution


Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Otto Widlroither of ROBEL Bahnbaumaschinen GmbH discusses the products the company will be showcasing at InnoTrans 2012.


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volution takes place unseen. This will become apparent from the streams of


visitors to InnoTrans 2012 in Berlin, the leading international trade fair for transport technology.


Powerful locomotives, sleek high-speed trains and inviting trams will certainly attract a lot of attention from visitors and the media. But there is much more to discover, and sometimes seemingly small (r)evolutions in the railway construction sector prove more popular internationally than new locomotive technology. The visitor to InnoTrans will fi nd an example of this at the stand of ROBEL Bahnbaumaschinen GmbH in the middle of hall 26: a completely new clipping machine.


Since the advent of railways, railway builders have had to deal with the problem of rail fastenings. There are countless variants, and the diversity of rail clips has become huge.


on the track, part 3 VISIT


Come and see us at Hall: 26, Stand 221


The same is also true for clipping machines that press the clips in and push them out. A completely new addition to these is the ROBEL 34.02 clipping machine. It is different; with improved ergonomics, economic effi ciency, fl exibility and ease of transport. A carefully conceived modular form of construction is at the heart of the design. Every ROBEL 34.02 clipping machine consists of a power pack and a work module. Both can be detached, replaced and connected in a matter of minutes. The changeover from electric motor to combustion engine, from e-Clip to Fastclip (and others) no longer requires a second, third or fourth machine. A highly effective vibration decoupling between the power and work modules dramatically reduces the hand-arm vibration imparted to the machine operator. Owing to their optimised weight, the modules are not only smaller than a complete machine but easier to handle and transport. The power packs can be stacked to save space.


In hall 26 (stand 221) at the Berlin fair, ROBEL will be exhibiting the new 34.02 clipping machine with a petrol engine and Fastclip work module as well as an additional e-Clip module.


A striking feature is its unusual external shape. Functional and uncluttered, this high-tech machine demonstrates that the modern railway builders’ tools can be visually appealing as well.


Effi ciency and ergonomics go hand in hand. Thus the (r)evolution of work on the track started in previous years with the universal power wrench and the vertical tamper will continue to impress.


Otto Widlroither


FOR MORE INFORMATION W: www.robel.info


rail technology magazine Aug/Sep 12 | 89


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