Robots improve the manufacture of wagons
The United Wagon Company (UWC), a key manufacturer of freight wagons in Russia, has introduced a new robotic complex. It will be used for the arc welding of intermediate beams. With its help, the company plans to improve its manufacturing process of open wagons.
The new robotic complex was installed at the Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant (TVSZ), UWC’s key manufacturing facility. To carry out the project, UWC joined forces with three dedicated manufacturers such as Fanuc (Japan), Abicor Binzel (Germany), Kovaco (Slovakia). A team of TVSZ experts developed the technical requirements for the complex. It is also responsible for its final assembling and commissioning.
“The launch of the robotic complex will guarantee high-quality welds and minimise the impact of the human factor. In addition, the introduction of new equipment allows us to release the high-skilled specialists, especially electric and gas welders, for work at other objects of the wagon manufacturing, where the use of semi-automatic welding machines is required,” the UWC stated. The new solution could be used for welding other wagon parts such as pivot and end beams, which are similar in size and weight.
Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant
TVSZ is located in more than 200 kilometres from Saint Petersburg. The plant was designed and constructed from the ground. with the help of numerous experts from several European countries, Canada and the US. The manufacturing process started in January 2012. By December 2019, TVSZ produced 100,000 freight wagons.
Starting from 2018, the Russian plant has been developing the new type of rolling stock – articulated wagons for various types of freight. These wagons have a higher capacity compared to the standard ones. Deutsche Bahn (DB) has already ordered several batches of articulated flat wagons for intermodal operations.