The TikhvinSpetsMash plant supplied a large batch of new generation platforms to Company Group “Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki”, one of the biggest timber industry companies in Northwest Russia.
Platform 13-6852-02 for transportation of timber products has enhanced performance, high reliability and ergonomics parameters. Designers from the All-Union Research and Development Centre for Transportation Technology (VNICTT, part of UWC) succeeded in creating a timber carrier model ensuring competitive advantages and high savings for the rolling stock owner, infrastructure owner and shipper. The economic effect is achieved due to increased payload capacity (+15%), reduced uncoupling repair and unproductive time, which results in higher turn-round, lower need for freight cars and savings on fleet maintenance.
Thanks to posts of increased length, the loading volume is 122 cubic meters, which allows using the entire loading space available. Increased loading volume and higher carrying capacity allows the full realization of static load from the wheel set on rails, estimated at 25 tf, and an extra load of up to 10 cubic meters of timber products under the same tariff expenditure. The loading length of the freight car enables transportation of timber stacks from 3 to 6 meters. Ingenious engineering solutions provide for convenient loading and unloading operations as well as freight checks en route.
The reduction of the car life cycle costs and enhanced operational efficiency are also assured by increased terms of between-repairs runs which amount to 800 thou km or 8 years (the freight car required three times less scheduled maintenance as compared to the existing analogues) throughout the service life of 40 years.
Aleksey Alekseev, CEO Company Group “Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki”, noted: “The timber harvesting enterprises of Company Group “Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki” supply a wide variety of timber products by rail to both domestic and foreign customers, using different types of rolling stock to optimize transportation. The timber platforms manufactured by TikhvinSpetsMash boast competitive advantages, such as higher payload capacity, loading volume and longer times of between-repairs runs. By using the said advantages effectively, we hope to optimize the logistical expenditures in timber deliveries on the home market.”