Pneumatics technology to enhance profitability in transport applications

Author : John Hill of Parker Hannifin

13 June 2012

Vehicles within the commercial transport sector, whether it is a passenger train or a construction vehicle, are consistently expected to operate reliably in some of the most challenging conditions.

Indeed, it is crucial that these machines can withstand extreme temperatures, aggressive contamination, shock and vibration, ensuring engineering technology that is robust, dependable and long lasting. In addition, as transport operators are always looking for ways to make their fleets as energy efficient and cost effective as possible, these systems and components also need to be compact, lightweight and simple to install and maintain.

Creating the perfect balance to achieve these goals is no mean feat, however one proven option is through the use of the latest pneumatics technology. Indeed, pneumatics is widely used in the transport sector, offering considerable potential for operators to benefit. In particular, the latest modular technology has been developed to reduce leak paths and energy wastage, minimise the envelope, footprint and weight of systems, and extend maintenance intervals, even for equipment that has to withstand extreme temperatures, shock and vibration.

It is, however, important to take a holistic approach to complete systems, exploring how they can be improved, in order to realise the full benefits. In particular, working with a total solutions supplier can help you find new and more efficient ways of re-designing entire systems, ranging from brake control, gear shifting and lift axle control of refuse trucks to pantographs, door systems and coupling on rolling rail stock. Perhaps most importantly, using pneumatic components that can withstand extremes of temperature and vibration will provide safe and reliable service, while enabling you to reduce installation and life cycle costs considerably.

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