Electric Tug mover helps keep the production line on track at Wagony Świdnica
Nu-Star provide a safe and cost-effective moving solution for pushing railcars
Wagony Świdnica, owned by the Greenbrier Europe group has a long-standing history in engineering and manufacturing freight railcars and wagon structures since the 1920s. Greenbrier Europe is a global operation, distributing products around the world from Europe to the Middle East.
Nu-Star’s Polish distributor was approached by the Investment Specialist, Jerzy Moskal at Wagony Świdnica in his search to find a more efficient and cost-effective solution to move railcars through the manufacturing process.
The Świdnica plant utilises a rail dolly system to move railcars through the production line. The incumbent operation consisted of heavy manual handling, requiring a number of the workforce to move the wagons by hand, which could be dangerous with a risk to Health and Safety of the workforce.
Bartosz Sowiński, Nu-Star’s Polish distributor explained, “Nu-Star Electric Tugs are utilised in a number of industries Worldwide in production lines as a cost-effective and safe solution to moving industrial loads. The real challenge presented by Świdnica was the curved track to move the wagons from the paint shop to the next stage of assembly. This was notoriously the difficult part of the production line to manoeuvre the railcar, involving multiple staff and equipment to do so. However, Nu-Stars Electric tug mover overcome the increased rolling resistance of the curves with ease and pushing the 35,000kg wagons was no problem at all for the Super Power Pusher.”
The Super Power Pusher generates up to 9,000N of push force and can tackle loads with a high rolling resistance. A range of tug attachments are available to suit application requirements, in Świdnica’s application an adjustable height push pad is an ideal attachment to push the railcars through the factory environment safely.
Daniel Taradaj, Maintenance Manager, at Wagony Świdnica was delighted with the capabilities of the tug mover and positive impact on operations; “In the past, moving wagons after leaving the paint shop was difficult and required a lot of effort; staff, equipment and time. The Super Power Pusher easily solved this long-standing problem. Thanks to Nu-Star and their Super Power Pusher we have transformed factory operations, improving workplace safety and increasing efficiency as we no longer need to take employees away from core work in order to move wagons, this operation is now operated by a single employee and the electric tug mover.” As a result Greenbrier Europe now have four Super Power Pushers operating at Wagony Świdnica.
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Dual Motor Super Power Pushers move cable drums effortlessly through the production line at Tele-Fonika Kable S.A.
Tele-Fonika Kable S.A. invest in three Nu-Star High Torque Cable Drum Pushers to improve workplace safety and factory productivity.
Tele-Fonika Kable S.A. are a leading European manufacturer of cables and wires, operating globally, supplying some of the largest companies in industries ranging from telecommunications to mining.
The expansion of the Tele-Fonika operations across eight production plants and increasing changes to health and safety regulations prompted Tele-Fonika to review workplace safety and efficiency when moving cable drums.
As part of the production of wire and cables, large cable drums up to 60 tonnes need to be moved through the production lines. Tele-Fonika contacted Nu-Star’s Polish distributor to find a solution for pushing cable drums in a safe and easy way to reduce manual handling.
Bartosz Sowiński, Nu-Star’s Polish distributor explained, “In order to push heavy cable reels, a high starting torque is required to overcome rolling resistance, therefore I recommended a free demonstration of Nu-Star’s High Torque Dual Motor Super Power Pusher electric tug.”
The Dual Motor Super Power Pusher is powered by two 1.5kW electric motors generating up to 17,600N of pushing force. The machine is equipped with a special roller application for moving both cable drums and paper rolls. The use of electric motors provides the additional benefit of the absence of smoke and fumes in the factory.
After the demonstration of a drum pusher, Stanisław Wajs, Head of Maintenance Services at Tele-Fonika Kable said, “The Nu-Star Dual Motor Super Power Pusher tug seems quite unique in the market, it’s very durable and generates enough power to easily push our largest cable drums. Compared to other solutions, such as forklifts, the electric tug is a much smaller and cheaper solution to move heavy industrial loads. The Nu-Star electric tug is extremely easy-to-use and much safer than attempting to manually move the reels.
After positive feedback from our employees on the production floor, we invested in three Dual Motor Super Power Pushers. The Nu-Star electric tugs have revolutionised the efficient and safe movement of cable drums through-out our production lines, reducing labour costs of tasks that would normally require at least two members of staff.”
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