Process development for the efficient production of an intelligent compact brake unit for railed vehicles

Project title Process development for the efficient production of an intelligent compact brake unit for railed vehicles (Kompaktbremseinheit)
Project duration 01.04.2017 – 31.03.2019
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In order to make an intelligent compact brake unit (CBU) for railed vehicles ready for marketing, a medium-sized enterprise from Lower Saxony and the IPH are together developing a new production process.

The corporative project's main goal is to reduce weight. That is why the heaviest component of the CBU – the brake caliper – is going to be forged, instead of casting. Due to a higher strength-to-weight ratio, forged brake calipers are smaller and lighter. In this way, the entire train's energy consumption decreases.

Furthermore, it is a project's goal to establish an overall production process that excels in a high economic efficiency. This is going to be achieved by the aid of a testing bench, which will be specially designed to check the correct function of the CBU automatically, and a versatile assembly concept, which allows to flexibly adapt the production output to the demand.

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This project was funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the federal state of Lower Saxony.

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