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voestalpine quality steel for LogServ vehicles

Jürgen Schatz

LogServ vehicles are subjected to extreme demands. That's why high-quality voestalpine steel is specified during the component design process.

Whether works locomotive or straddle carrier, great demands are made of Logistik Service GmbH (LogServ) vehicles as they work to keep the steel construction process running. Consequently, the vehicle components must be of the highest quality. For this reason, new vehicles are designed to incorporate voestalpine materials in the individual components right from the start.

Commercial vehicles subject to exacting demands

High-strength and wear-resistant steels made by voestalpine have the advantage of allowing customers to make their products lighter and safer. The commercial vehicles industry has extremely exacting demands and therefore the blanks are thermally cut within a very small range of tolerance by voestalpine Steel & Service Center GmbH. This obviates the need for expensive machining. This potential is also used by the commercial vehicle manufacturers who supply the vehicles working at the LogServ plant.

The chassis of works locomotive 903.01 incorporates 35 tonnes of cut plate. The FALLNS lightweight railcars also include components made from durostat 400®.

The chassis of works locomotive 903.01 incorporates 35 tonnes of cut plate. The FALLNS lightweight railcars also include components made from durostat 400®.

High-strength lightweight freight railcars

Six FALLNS lightweight railcars equipped with chutes and slides made from durostat® and alform® steels, have been transporting bulk materials at the voestalpine plant since 2013. Two four-axle tippers are fitted with durostat® troughs, and another will follow shortly. LogServ is also currently working together with vehicle manufacturer Herbst to develop a new straddle carrier which will largely consist of alform® special steel.

The straddle carrier developed together with vehicle manufacturer Herbst is largely produced using special steel alform 700®. The vehicle began test operations in July 2016. During testing in June 2016, from left: Markus Jaksch (Vehicle Management, LogServ), Götz Leschonski (technical MD, Herbst Smag), Markus Schinko (MD, LogServ), Jens Andreas (commercial MD, Herbst Smag), Sebastian H. Brandes (Chairman of the Management Board of Smag Salzgitter Maschinenbau), Jens Wachsmuth (Project Head at PHW Nordmeyer Smag), Andreas Mitschan (Heavy Vehicles Workshop, LogServ)

The straddle carrier developed together with vehicle manufacturer Herbst is largely produced using special steel alform 700®. The vehicle began test operations in July 2016. During testing in June 2016, from left: Markus Jaksch (Vehicle Management, LogServ), Götz Leschonski (technical MD, Herbst Smag), Markus Schinko (MD, LogServ), Jens Andreas (commercial MD, Herbst Smag), Sebastian H. Brandes (Chairman of the Management Board of Smag Salzgitter Maschinenbau), Jens Wachsmuth (Project Head at PHW Nordmeyer Smag), Andreas Mitschan (Heavy Vehicles Workshop, LogServ)

Heavy plate for works locomotives

Cooperation with locomotive manufacturer Gmeinder has also proved extremely fruitful. The chassis of the two works locomotives which have been in operation since 2015, and the two new locomotives which will be delivered this year, each incorporate around 35 tonnes of cut plate. To achieve this, Gmeinder has adapted the construction of the traction unit. The company is now also using voestalpine steel in locomotives it builds for other customers. Furthermore, the customers are given processing tips as well as being assisted with their first test welds by voestalpine if required. The range of interdisciplinary expertise comes full circle with the transport of the vehicles, from the manufacturer to the works in Linz. All heavy vehicles bought in to date have been supplied to the customer in top quality and to their complete satisfaction. As a result, the vehicle manufacturers have become potential long-term LogServ customers.