The AutoSeal welding mould.

GERMANY: At the IAF trade show in Münster at the end of May, Pandrol will host an outdoor display area on stand A-100 where it will be displaying and demonstrating a range of products along a 50 m section of track.

From its fastening range, the company will be showcasing the Fastclip Baseplate and CD200 IQ products. FCB provides a captive rail fastening system mainly for ballastless track applications, which the company says is designed for efficient installation and maintenance.

The CD200 IQ intelligent clipping machine is the first in Pandrol’s new IQ range. To simplify the operation, the control systems provide users with information about the numbers of clips installed and hours spent in operational mode, as well as helping to prevent incorrect use. In the demonstration area, a CD200 IQ will be clipping and unclipping FCBs in real time.

Other fastening systems on show will include the SD and ADH designs. The Safe Driven fastening system is intended to provide a pre-assembled, economical yet high-performance screwed fastening design for all categories of track. Meanwhile, the ADH (Bonded DFF) fastenings can be used on both standard track and turnouts; this design uses a specialist single fastening process intended to limit corrugation and vibration problems caused by the dynamic forces from passing trains.

Another core area of focus will be Pandrol’s Advanced welding offering, with two novel technologies on show — the High Flow Preheater and the AutoSeal mould. The 36 V HFP is a universal battery-powered preheating tool designed to replace most of the equipment currently used to heat the parent steel prior to welding.

The AutoSeal moulds are Pandrol’s latest aluminothermic welding development, and are designed to streamline the entire welding process. With a built-in felt that expands during the preheating phase of welding, this technology creates a tight seal between the mould and rail, removing the need for paste or sand luting. According to the manufacturer, these are the world’s first self-sealing moulds, intended to deliver faster welding speeds, enhanced ergonomics, increased reliability and reduced waste.

A Compact-Shear B-M-VIR tool designed to offer zero-emission shearing of surplus metal from around the completed welds will also be on display.