Abrasive solutions for rail maintenance and repair
As rail track technology continues to make major advances, the requirement for abrasives in maintenance and repair operations is increasing. Steel used in the manufacture of rail track is purer and harder than ever to cope with increasing axel weight and total tonnage of new rail services. Heat treatment, combined with high levels of carbon, manganese and silicon used in manufacturing make cutting and grinding operations increasingly tough. As a multi-solution provider, Norton offers a number of abrasive products which comply with all European health, safety and environmental standards and are specially designed for cutting and grinding rail track and surrounding materials.
The range of ‘Norton Rail’ cutting-off wheels has been formulated with an exclusive grain and bond combination, to cut through any rail type and provide more cuts per piece with higher cut quality than standard wheels. Derk Vruwink, product manager at Norton Abrasives describes how the innovation wheel, ZA24Q feels when used; “It really ‘grabs’ the metal easily without bouncing on the steel or requiring a lot of pressure. It feels comfortable and operates like a soft wheel, with the product life of a hard wheel.”
Track grinding is a key application in the preservation and repair of rail, tram, and subway tracks. Norton organic bonded wheels, cups and plugs cover a wide range of grinding needs, offering performance solutions for both portable hand-held and track mounted machines.
Applications on surrounding materials such as concrete platforms, pave stones, PVC pipes, asphalt and roofing materials are common in the construction of new, and maintenance of existing stations; widening platforms and cutting sleepers, for instance. Norton Abrasives offers a range of diamond cutting solutions from Norton, including 4x4 Explorer+, Silencio, the new Clipper Pro Multi-Runner and the CG-Z cup grinding wheel, which are all positioned to bring benefits to the applications found in the building and maintenance of railway stations and intersections.