In 2013, a new European Rail Standard (EN45545) was introduced, requiring the use of certified hoses for rolling-stock vehicles, but also for rail track machines. As a leading rail track machine manufacturer, Plasser & Theurer needed to find a partner who could reliably meet their requirements in the supply of a wide range of certified rail hoses.
Meeting the industry standards in rail hose technology and safety is key to success
Parker was the first hose manufacturer in Europe to develop a new rubber compound to the required standards of EN45545 in terms of fire retardancy, smoke behaviour and toxicity and also includes the No-Skive Compact Spiral Hose; delivering advantages such as better bend radius, hose dimensions and assembly cost savings.
Plasser & Theurer – based in Linz, Austria –installed and tested their first Parker rail hose samples in 2014. Since then the partnership has developed, with regular day-to-day contact including sales, marketing and engineering support provided by Parker’s rail hose specialists. We now supply its full range of certified rail hoses to Plasser & Theurer, including many which have been specially developed to meet the customer’s specific requirements.
“It is important for us to have partners like Parker on our side together with their excellent support, which include a day by day availability to find the best solutions for our upcoming new market requirements or any technical challenge.” Purchasing Department, Plasser & Theurer, Austria.
It is a partnership that is setting new standards in railway maintenance and keeping the global rail network on track, in line with the latest and safest regulatory requirements.
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Article contributed by Stephan Völler - product support & training manager Hose Product Division Europe
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