CENTRAL Japan Railway has installed equipment in a rolling stock depot at Osaka that automates the process of dismantling shinkansen bogies in preparation for maintenance work.

The equipment comprises a six-axis articulated general purpose robot with a bogie positioner and a range of tools including position detectors, socket wrenches, and a bolt and nut collecting device. It takes 15min to remove 40 nuts and bolts and loosen 20 others along a Series 300 trainset, and 30min for the more complex Series 0 or Series 100 .

JR Central, Japan Reader Enquiry Number 145