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QUIET REVOLUTION IN GOODS TRANSPORT

Noise protection is of increasing importance in the modernisation of goods trains. Every component is placed back on the test bench in the search for optimisation potential.  Plastics provide fresh scope for improvement.

Noise reduction is of major concern to goods transport. Trains weighing many tonnes and often a kilometre long severely strain the nerves of people living near railway lines. Millions are spent on sound insulation measures such as embankments, their planting and maintenance. Wolfgang Siegl, faigle Technical Sales, is convinced that some of this expenditure could be saved. The Austrian company specialises in engineering plastics and plastic components. These are finding increased use in goods transport. "The company and the purchaser are under some pressure," says Wolfgang Siegl, speaking from experience. "Everything needs to be cheaper, but still has to fulfil the same safety standards. This has hardly changed over decades. Much of the effort is directed down well-trodden paths. However, the increasing importance of noise calls for urgent action."

Potential not yet exhausted

Many components in goods transport offer scope for improvement. The Austrian company, with its highly innovative portfolio, has established itself on the market. Most of this success results from

the optimisation of quite specific parts or processes. "We sit down with design engineers and purchasers. We have the know-how and the ideas to implement the new requirements," says Siegl. Our solution-based approach produces orders and leads on to developments, which open up possibilities and potential. After calculations, research and analyses emerges a new product. Certainly in the field of noise protection, the potential is by no means exhausted.

Experts predict that goods transport on Germany's railway system will grow in the coming years. The Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development puts figures to this: according to a study, goods transport volumes will increase by almost 50% by 2050 to 5.5 billion tonnes. Purchasers and engineers have this trend in their sights. It will not only affect logistics: noise reduction is an increasingly important aspect - especially in densely populated countries such as Germany. For railway operators too, it makes sense to do something about the problem now, before the lawmakers introduce legislation.

Excellent reliability in continuous operation

Up to 80 per cent weight savings compared with steel and outstanding sliding and damping characteristics make plastic the first choice for many applications. Plastic frequently proves itself to be a better and more cost-effective alternative to metal.

Expert knowledge is required to replace metal with plastic. faigle Kunststoffe GmbH is a specialist in engineering plastics and plastic components. One of its lead industries is rail transport.

Bushes made by faigle are in continuous operation on brake linkages on the vehicles of many national railways and operators. They prove their reliability under extreme conditions every day. Other products for goods transport from the Austrian plastic specialist's portfolio include centre pivot liners and side bearers for bogies.

faigle invites decision makers to discuss this at InnoTrans 2014 from 23rd to 26th September, learn about the range of goods and services, and find solutions together. Visitors will find the faigle experts in Hall 8.2, Stand 105. 

Fact Box

The faigle Group employs more than 390 people and achieved a turnover of EUR 61 million in 2013. faigle has a reputation for innovative solutions in the field of technical thermoplastic plastics and successfully combines the values of a traditional family firm with the drive to innovate and expand of a market leader in first-class plastic solutions in machinery and plant engineering, particularly in the escalator, conveying systems and railway sectors.

The headquarters of the faigle Group are in Hard in Vorarlberg, Austria. In addition to two companies in Austria, faigle also has branches in China and Switzerland. The proportion of exports is 68 per cent, the main markets are Europe, Asia and the United States.

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