DANOBAT has created for LUCCHINI RS a new automatic line for machining and testing railway axles, mainly for high-speed trains. This investment forms part of a long-term plan for renovation of the Lovere plant, geared to innovation of products and processes that are essential for maintaining international leadership.
The project was completed in record time, with the line beginning fullcapacity production just 18 months from DANOBAT’s receipt of the order to manufacture it.
This production line was supplied as a “turnkey facility”, with DANOBAT supplying all the equipment (some of its own and some produced by other specialist companies) and installing and starting up the entire line for full-scale production to begin.
The work was done by DANOBAT in coordination with a project team specially formed by LUCCHINI RS and including the company’s most experienced engineers.
The line is undoubtedly the most advanced in the world for manufacture of railway axles, both for the complexity of its system, totally integrated and automated, and for the variety of innovative solutions on each individual machine making it up.
The installation consists of an axle identification and loading unit, an end milling machine, roughing and finishing lathes, a grinding machine, ultrasonic and magnetic particle inspection equipment, a robotised system for axle handling and tool change and a sophisticated line control system.
The line has a production capacity of approximately 15000 finished and inspected axles per year, and several different types of axles from the LUCCHINI RS catalogue can be processed automatically.