Custom-tailored welding solutions are the focus of the new Competence Center Welding (CCW) for rails in Donawitz (Styria).
In an ongoing project slated for the next several years, a new competence center, the Competence Center Welding (CCW), for the welding of rails will be built at voestalpine Schienen GmbH in Donawitz (Styria). Welding tasks, such as joint welding and repair welding, are currently being successfully undertaken together with other companies, such as voestalpine Böhler Welding.
However, welding is also an important criterion in product development of new rail grades. Therefore, the new Competence Center will build skills and expertise at voestalpine Schienen GmbH so that welding technology will be available for new products that are being developed from the very outset. The CCW will provide R&D with welding capacity for all welding processes so that in the future, it can play an active role in the development of welding processes for both new and existing products. One of the center’s unique features is its own, accredited laboratory for the testing of welding processes and to deal with loss events.
The Competence Center will also focus on collaborations with welding companies, universities, and independent experts, as well as pursue more intensive collaboration with voestalpine Group companies. Additionally, the CCW will also offer presentations, workshops, welding demonstrations, and welder training.
Rail welding represents a decisive edge in competence
The development of welding processes for new and existing products will be managed in the future in such a way that the Rail system will generate maximum customer benefit. This means that voestalpine Schienen GmbH will have a further decisive competitive edge in the development of railway rails. This will not only maintain its market leadership in Europe but will expand it even further.