New NSE point machine and manganese steel frog improve track performance
25 January 2019 |
Earlier this year, ProRail released two new products: the point machine type NSE (S) and the 1:15 manganese steel frog. These products significantly reduce the number of malfunctions while decreasing the required turn-out maintenance; an important contribution to the realisation of a well performing railway network.
Technical innovation acknowledged by ProRail
voestalpine WBN is the first supplier in the Netherlands authorised to deliver the NSE (Type 4) point machine. This product, which was fully developed in-house, contains a new switch box that delays the start current of the switch motor and limits the peak current. In addition, the machine turns itself off after 10 seconds. As a result, both the electricity supply and the switch motor are less susceptible to wear and tear.
The release of the 1:15 manganese steel frog means that voestalpine WBN’s can equipped a 1:15 turn-out with a manganese steel frog like the already available 1:9 turn-out. In its regulations, ProRail prescribes the use of manganese steel frogs because they considerably prolong the lifespan of the complete turn-out and thereby enhance its sustainability.
More than 125 years of experience
voestalpine WBN has built permanent way components and turn-outs for the Dutch railway market since 1893. In 2015, it obtained the expertise on switch motors and rods through the acquisition of Rail Service Nederland. Since then, our ever continuing R&D activities have resulted in a superb new product that was launched on the market in January 2019.
Innovation & sustainability
In line with our ‘one step ahead’ objective, voestalpine’s initiatives in the field of innovation are always ongoing. At the moment, for example, we are in the process of developing a new type of point rod that needs less maintenance. “We were asked to create a point rod that does no longer have to be periodically lubricated and that is easy to adjust. We are working on this project at full power now, and hope to inform you about its progress this summer”, says product manager Daniel Poll Jonker. Furthermore, in 2019 voestalpine WBN will in connection with the Leiden project also release its first MKI-proof (Environmental Costs Indicator) products.