Train wheel removal efficiency increased by 87%

DRB INCREASES TRAIN WHEEL REMOVAL EFFICIENCY BY 87% AND REDUCES MAINTENANCE COSTS WHILE IMPROVING SAFETY PRACTICES

CHALLENGE

The customer faced a long-standing issue during essential train maintenance. The method they were using to remove wheels from their axles took 2 hours per wheel, caused damage to the axles, and required human intervention.

SOLUTION

DRB designed a gravity-based system that detached the wheel from the axle in just 15 minutes, leaving no damage. The system required no human contact on the wheel, so safety processes were improved.

VALUE

DRB’s technical intelligence and practical experience meant the client was able to remove the wheels from the axle 8-times faster than before. This increased uptime and reduced maintenance costs because the axles were no longer being damaged in the process. The biggest value delivered was improving safety practices because of the massive reduction in human intervention required

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