Rail clip drivers for smart rail maintenance 22 October 2021

Pandrol says its clip driver products, CD200 IQ, CD300 IQ, and CD400SP IQ, have been designed to dramatically increase the speed and efficiency of clipping and unclipping rail fastening systems.

Each clip driver features a ‘smart system’ incorporating an intelligent control system that monitors the machine’s operation and actively controls the clipping operation. The control system provides information on clips installed and operating hours, while also preventing any incorrect usage of the machine.

With the CD200 IQ clipping up to two clips per cycle at a rate of 20 sleepers per minute, and the CD300 IQ and CD400SP IQ clipping up to 4 clips per cycle at 40 and 30 sleepers per minute respectively, the new intelligent systems offer a wide range of options for clipping at a speed and efficiency that suits any installation and preferred work method.

The range of modular products – weighing 117kg, 975kg, and 3,075kg respectively – can be utilised for a broad range of tracks and can be used in conjunction with Pandrol’s full range of Fastclip and eClip products.

The CD300 IQ road rail vehicle clipping attachment improves the clipping capacity and offers a number of features that help the operator to ensure a good quality of work.

Also available, the self-propelled CD400SP IQ is a clipping machine that is operated by a remote control. This second generation of Clip Driver CD400SP has an EU Stage 5 diesel engine, which is more fuel efficient and reduces the carbon footprint.

Erika Berg, managing director of Pandrol’s Swedish operations, where the new range was developed, said: “The smart system in the IQ range of clip drivers really does make all the difference. Beyond the robustness and the versatility of the machines, and the logging of operations, this generation of clip driver offers a built-in diagnostic system to vastly improve maintenance, repair and testing effectiveness.”

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