GERMANY: Maintenance vehicle and small plant specialist Robel Bahnbaumaschinen will be highlighting technology to address three key megatrends at this year’s IAF infrastructure and maintenance show in Münster: decarbonisation; digitisation and demographics.

Among the products on display will be newly-developed hand operated machines with electric and hybrid drives for wrenching, grinding and drilling. These will be demonstrated live in the outdoor area.

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The focus of Robel’s rail vehicle display will be urban rail and metro applications. The company will be launching its Romill Urban E³ milling train, which has been developed as a formal co-operation between subsidiaries Schweerbau International, which has led the development of the battery hybrid drive technology, and Vogel & Plötscher, which has supplied the measuring equipment.

Plasser Robel Services, which was formed in January through the merger of Deutsche Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen GmbH and the Robel Service & Customer Service business, will be presenting its multi-brand service provision portfolio, while Vogel & Plötscher will unveil its Rail Surface Crack Measurement device, offering an additional tool to quantify crack depths and irregularities in the rail surface.

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Robel Rail Automation meanwhile will mark its first appearance at IAF by presenting studies that it has undertaken into the automation of labour-intensive manual maintenance tasks. Robot-guided tools will be used to demonstrate the measuring and correction of rail defects.