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SMT Scharf AG acquires first order for rack-and-pinion drive developed in 2009
A Russian coal mine in the Kuzbass region ordered three trains that are equipped with the switchin rackandpinion drive. It also ordered track equipment and accessories. Other companies in the group to which the mine belongs have already been using SMT Scharf's trains with conventional friction wheel drives since 2005. The trains that have now been ordered will allow weights of up to 45 tons to be transported. The inclines are up to 25° on sections of the underground roadways on which the trains will be used, making the switchin rackandpinion drive the most economic solution for this customer. This system is designed so that the driver can switch between the friction and rackandpinion drive en route without having to stop the train. The toothed racks that fit the pinion thus only have to be laid on sections with particularly steep inclines or in particularly damp environments. Both the rackandpinion drive and the toothed racks can also be retrofitted to existing systems.
"We are very pleased to have received an order for this technology from Russia in particular. That is where we presented the system for the first time at a trade fair in 2009. We believe that this order and a number of current enquiries are early indicators that the Russian mining sector is expanding again, as was the case up to 2008," commented Dr. Friedrich Trautwein, SMT Scharf AG's CEO. "We believe that there is major potential for our business in the coming years from Russia, and also from China and South Africa."
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