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Railcar Industry

Mikrolar automated train axle refurbishing system.

Mikrolar's Automated Train Axle Refurbishing System.
 

Mikrolar Helps Keep Trains on the Tracks

The P2300 Hexapod (similar to the P2350 Hexapod) got some rails of its own. This system utilizes a Slide Axis, allowing it to reach anywhere within the frame. When we add on a tool changer, touch probe system, Yaskawa welding robot, and a frame as wide as a train; that's enough for the rail industry to put locomotives back on the railway.

It does not matter what product we are discussing; parts will eventually wear and train suspension is no different. Additionally, because trains are so connected to their tracks, an improperly maintained train will also wear down its path causing dangerous conditions for others. However, in years past the repairing process could just as likely lead to the same result. A worker equipped with a backpack welder and hand grinder can only be so accurate. If repaired incorrectly, the wheels on the train car will not sit properly and slowly bend out the tracks which causes unnecessary wear.

Milled Train Axle

Milled Axle.

In order to preserve train tracks across the continent and put decommissioned train cars back on the tracks, the rail industry's research into refurbishing train parts continues. As part of a multi-year project, Mikrolar and the rail industry developed a considerably safer, more accurate, and self-contained system. A touch-probe allows our software to "see" the part to discover any adjustments that need to be made. Then, using its pneumatic tool changer, weld robot, and the ability to reach anywhere on the part; the P2350 Hexapod goes to work. The end result is well worth the effort.

Train Axle Refurbishing in Action.
 

Mikrolar Hexapod milling train axle surface.

P2300 Mills Axle Surface.

Yaskawa weld robot adds new material to train axle.

Weld Robot Adds New Material.

Showing Off the 8th Axis.