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High technology for railway networks and rails – digitalization is driving innovation at Goldschmidt Thermit Group at InnoTrans 2016... more information
Berlin/Leipzig, 20.09.2016: The Leipzig Goldschmidt Thermit Group is pushing the digitalization of work processes and will present numerous new developments at the InnoTrans 2016 in Berlin, the leading trade fair for the railway industry. Under the motto "GOLDSCHMIDT GOES DIGITAL", the global leader in the area of joint welding and maintenance and repair of rail systems will focus on high technology solutions using Industry 4.0 to allow the highest precision, reliability and speed for work in the field.
"Modern standards governing quality, safety, transparency and efficiency are constantly setting higher requirements for the construction and maintenance of modern railway lines. We are a pioneer for the digitalization of work processes in the service of our customers. We offer modern and efficient solutions which enable customers to organize their processes with greater safety and efficiency and simplify their complete working process", explains Dr. Hans-Jürgen Mundinger, CEO of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group. "The digital networking, control and monitoring of devices, processes and production results at the construction site represents an enormous leap forwards in terms of quality and productivity. Industry 4.0 has become a reality for us. It contributes towards increasing customer satisfaction and cost effectiveness through the highly efficient use of human resources and materials."
Overview of the new developments:
The GOLDSCHMIDT DIGITAL APP enables the automated recording and editing of data in real time. The app allows the monitoring of highly complex processes at the construction site with practically just one finger. Customers of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group can use the app to conveniently and securely record, check, document, compare and archive relevant measurement data and process parameters directly on their smartphone or tablet. In this way intelligent control units with a digital interface sustainably improve the quality of the welding processes on the track and safety of rail operations. The implementation of these digital systems in the welding process enables convenient and reliable direct access to databases with reference values for numerous types of welding processes. The app is suitable for installation on all smartphones or tablets which run on an Android system.
The new SMARTWELD RECORD for the intelligent monitoring and documentation of the preheating process of the THERMIT® weld with the aid of the GOLDSCHMIDT DIGITAL APP enables the documentation of the complete welding process including traceability and reproducibility of the THERMIT® weld. Using SMARTWELD RECORD the preheating parameters for the THERMIT® weld are recorded and documented via the GOLDSCHMIDT DIGITAL APP. The subsequent process steps are prescribed and recorded in a user-friendly and error-free manner for the responsible welder. The result is the ideal use of welding materials and correct execution of the process to achieve a high quality weld. The process parameters can be centrally saved and evaluated using the GOLDSCHMIDT DIGITAL APP. The SMARTWELD RECORD contributes towards documentation of the high quality of the weld.
The innovative SMARTWELD JET propane air burner further automates the preheating process of the THERMIT® weld and ensures the highest safety, economy and quality of the weld. The burner works without compressed oxygen, automates the preheating and thus guarantees error-free and safe work processes. The economy of the welding activities is increased through lower costs and reduced weight due to the elimination of oxygen bottles and also by the avoidance of execution errors and the generation of documentation of the complete welding process on site using the GOLDSCHMIDT DIGITAL APP. The SMARTWELD JET ensures secure and reproducible execution of the preheating process to guarantee the highest quality for the weld.
TRACKSAFE LUBE, the Goldschmidt lubrication system for improving the wheel/rail contact, has now been connected to a new intelligent control unit. Connected via Bluetooth, the unit enables control of TRACKSAFE LUBE via mobile devices and connection to the GOLDSCHMIDT DIGITAL APP. This in turn enables the receiving of data and parameters on the device status and saving and export of data and statistics including the dosing settings of the lubricant with the possibility of a quick status query and configuration on site with the setting and receiving of warnings on critical parameters.
The RAILSTRAIGHT precision measurement devices with the variants COMPACT, WAVE and DUAL allow for the highly precise measurement of the straightness and surface quality of rails and local corrugation of the tracks. They are connected to the GOLDSCHMIDT DIGITAL APP via Bluetooth. In addition to the high precision achieved using a micro-magnetic measurement process, the devices also impress through their robust design suitable for use on railway tracks with high mobility, a high-performance internal lithium ion rechargeable battery and automatic calibration at 30 second intervals.
In the area of Goldschmidt Tools, the company will present the newly developed RAIL DRILL RD 330 P. It is one of the lightest machines on the market and allows the efficient drilling of holes in rail webs with flat bottom and grooved rails. The rail drill RD 330 P is driven by a powerful petrol engine and enables the shortest of drilling times. It has a patented quick clamp device which allows it to be set up and released in no time at all. Its light weight and ideal center of gravity make it easy to handle. <
Goldschmidt Thermit Group acquires SRS Sjölanders, Swedish manufacturer of road-rail vehicles... more information
Leipzig, 09.08.2016: The Goldschmidt Thermit Group based in Leipzig, Germany is expanding in Scandinavia. The global leader for continuous joint welding and the maintenance and repair of rail systems has aquired SRS Sjölanders AB based in Osby, Sweden. The company is a global technology leader in the field of vehicles designed to run on rails and the road. SRS Sjölanders is specialized in the manufacture of road-rail vehicles suitable for the installation, inspection and maintenance of overhead lines and the inspection of bridges and tunnels as well as road-rail heavy duty cranes and road-rail flash butt-welding machines.
"The whole of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group will benefit from the special expertise of SRS Sjölanders in the development and production of road-rail vehicles, in particular the division for road-rail grinding machines, but also in our core area of rail welding. The acquisition represents an important strategic addition to our product range for the maintenance of rail systems worldwide", explains Dr. Hans-Jürgen Mundinger, CEO of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group.
SRS Sjölanders can look back on more than a century of company history and has extensive experience in the railway industry. The core of the technical developments at SRS Sjölanders is the patented road-rail system with a hydrostatic drive where there is no contact between the normal rubber wheels of the chassis and the track wheels. When the vehicle runs on rails it rests completely on the track wheels. The design enables excellent performance in terms of safety, traction, tracking stability, brake power, speed and travel comfort. More than 500 vehicles around the world are equipped with the patented road-rail system which enables transfer over to the railway track in less than two minutes.
"We see ourselves as a high-tech supplier to the railway industry. Together with the Goldschmidt Thermit Group we can expand our global customer base and open up new markets for our products and services", emphasizes Peter Sundström, Managing Director of SRS Sjölanders. In addition to road-rail vehicles, SRS Sjölanders offers its customers an extensive range of maintenance services.
"The global trend towards more intensive use of railway networks is leading to ever shorter time slots available for maintenance", says Stefan Damm, Head of Special Projects at the Goldschmidt Thermit Group. "The expertise of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group and SRS Sjölanders for the integration of more and more technology in road-rail vehicles will enable the efficient exploitation of track possession periods."
Goldschmidt Thermit Group and Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe intensify cooperation / First use of special machine "Leipzig"... more information
Leipzig, 04.07.2016: In the morning, representatives of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group and the Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (local transport company) christened a special machine for grinding rails with the name Leipzig. The Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe thus intensifies its cooperation with the global leader in the field of joint welding and the maintenance and repair of rail systems which has its headquarters in Leipzig. The newest and most modern rail grinding vehicle of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group will be used for the first time in Leipzig.
"The Goldschmidt Thermit Group is a well-known leading global player in its field. As deputy mayor responsible for business I am particularly pleased that on the one hand the Goldschmidt Thermit Group is able to underline its position as a pioneer with its new product, the rail grinding vehicle, to meet international competition and on the other hand by choosing the name "Leipzig" the company has chosen to internationally promote Leipzig as a technology and business location. I also find that the cooperation with the Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe is a good example of a functioning network for the purpose of promoting technology", says Uwe Albrecht, deputy mayor and alderman for business and employment in the city of Leipzig.
"The Goldschmidt Thermit Group has had its headquarters in Leipzig since 2004. We are an international group and offer products and services for the construction, renovation, modernization and intelligent predictive maintenance of railway tracks. We are therefore especially happy that in our home city we are to further intensify the cooperation with the Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe", explains Martin Niederkrüger, doctor of engineering and Chief Technical Officer of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group.
"The new rail grinding vehicle will be used for the removal of corrugations and short waves, for the reprofiling of the rail running head and running edge, and for the derusting of new rails. The vehicle allows the simultaneous processing of both rails. The advantages are obvious. Existing damage to the rails is removed to prevent further damage, the rail service life is lengthened and noise emissions are reduced", says Tim F. Gabriel, Head of Business Unit Light Rail at the Goldschmidt Thermit Group.
In Leipzig the new vehicle will be used throughout the city to remove so-called corrugations. The wave shaped depressions in the upper rail surface are caused on bends and also through braking and acceleration processes. They result in damage to the rail structure, reduce travel comfort and also generate noise as a train passes over the rail.
"According to the motto "Leipziger invests in Leipzig" the Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe are investing about 26 million euros in its railway network. This will enable us to increase the performance of the network for the growing city of Leipzig and enable a modern public transport system. Our customers will benefit directly through greater travel comfort", says Ulf Middelberg, speaker of the management board of the Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe.
In the course of a regular inspection of the railway tracks, the Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe identified the areas where the tracks are strongly corrugated. During the cooperation intensive grinding will serve to remove the corrugations in 45 longer sections of track. This measure is part of the investment program "Leipziger invests in Leipzig". The beneficiaries are the customers of the Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe and the city residents. The rail grinding with this special vehicle is currently beginning in the east part of Leipzig and during the coming weeks will spread across the city. The work will mostly be carried out during the night between the permissible hours of 9 pm and 5 am in order not to disturb scheduled operations and provide the freedom necessary for the work.
"The advantages for the Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe are clear to see. This special machine will lengthen the service life of our rails, reduce maintenance costs and prevent future damage", says Dirk Sikora, Division Manager for Infrastructure at the Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe.