Focus: Plasser Modular Customizing

New ways of individualisation

Plasser & Theurer machines allow versatile modification. Now, a new platform strategy provides additional benefits.

Fast approval thanks to PlasserModularCustomizing: Plasser & Theurer machines can be expanded modularly. Based on platform programs, the expansions offer a major advantage: Their technical design and quality comply with the machine’s initial approval. All railway testing has already been completed.

Predefined machine modules provide the basis for shorter lead times in manufacture and approval. This is crucial as it makes it possible to put the machine on track in due time.

The modular expandability begins with the Unimat 09-4x4 series. Select from one main machine, four trailer versions and three additional modules to make the machine suit your needs. Individualise your machine further by selecting the drive system and optional equipment. The platform strategy provides additional benefits.

Industrial standards in ergonomic design

The new design of our machines goes beyond what can be seen. To many operators, the cabin is their second home. That is why the increased importance of a machine’s ergonomic design and user-friendliness comes as no surprise. Plasser & Theurer is committed to optimising user-friendliness, because we know that this enables our customers to work more cost-effectively and allows them to improve the quality of their working results.

Ultimately, ergonomically optimised workplaces make it easier to recruit machine staff.

The ever-changing requirements and needs of operators have made on-track construction and maintenance machines become real all-rounders. Manufacturing the machines, however, is only one part of the challenge. Before they can be put into operation, the responsible authorities must approve the machines for the operation according to the applicable regulations. In most countries, machines may only be operated if they have been approved by the National Safety Authorities.

We offer a great number of configuration options for our 09-4x4 series universal tamping machines to suit various operational strategies and track conditions.

We configure machines to make them suit your needs

Our machines allow extensive and versatile individualisation. In addition to the options available for the Unimat 09-4x4 series, more than 100 configuration options for high-capacity track tamping machines and high-­capacity tamping machines for tracks and turnouts will be available in the future. Select from additional modules for sweeping, ballast storing, dynamic stabilisation of tracks and turnouts or alternative drive systems from our E³ series available for our individual machine series. Choose components such as the inertial track geometry measuring system to expand your machine’s field of application or opt for additional room for social areas or workshop areas, and much more.

We put your machine on track in no time

Fast approval thanks to PlasserModularCustomizing: The approval process of auxiliary vehicles is also extensive. Ultimately, machines are vehicles which must comply with EN 14033. Based on the new platform programs, the expansions offer a major advantage: Their technical design and quality comply with the machine’s initial approval. Railway testing has already been completed.

Know-how for machine approval

Plasser & Theurer introduced a separate “Approval and Acceptance Department” as early as in 2013. Therefore, we are not only an expert in this field for standard machines, but also for customised solutions. This requires know-how about the fundamental verification requirements as well as know­ledge of the approval procedures and the parties involved. Clearly defining the requirements and the intended application together with the operator prior to the process allows for a realistic homologation management and is the key to success. More than 16,000 machines supplied until 2017 demonstrate this.

Standardised machines for faster approval

The approval process of auxiliary vehicles is similarly extensive. The required effort must not be underrated. It has long become crucial to competitiveness. Operators must be able to put the machine into operation as soon as possible, once financing details have been settled. Therefore, the strategy should aim at ensuring the time-saving and cost-effective approval of the machines. Vehicle standardisation helps reach this aim as it reduces the time needed for the design, documentation and assessment significantly.