Innovation for railway traffic
HÖRMANN Automotive is also breaking new ground together with HÖRMANN Vehicle Engineering in railway traffic. The development of an innovative wagon underframe for railway freight traffic departs from conventional welded assemblies and is instead based on a mechanically joined lightweight framework structure.
The underframe concept addresses several customer benefits: Due to the use of highly efficient production technologies, the standardized framework elements can be produced in a cost-efficient and short-cycle manner. The subsequent use of mechanical joining methods reduces the production expenditure and component distortion and also offers potential for a reduced assembly time.
At the same time, the wagon structure can be customised in a targeted manner for different lengths and container loads – in terms of both the required lengths and the underlying loads. This results in a significant reduction in the amount of material used, the overall weight and the manufacturing costs.
The associated new standardised end piece concept also allows the use of different coupling systems and bogies in addition to a weight reduction. At the same time, the end pieces can be combined with different centre sections, which allows greater flexibility and an overall cost reduction.