Exchange of 170 years of experience
At the initiative of Plasser & Theurer and Deutsche Plasser, twenty experts in track construction met to exchange their experiences with the operating concept of the Unimat 09-4x4/4S universal tamping machine in Bingen am Rhein on 27 February.
Operators of tamping machines, Plasser & Theurer experts from Linz and Purkersdorf and employees of the service partner Deutsche Plasser participated in the exchange hosted by PMC Rail International Academy.
The working experience of the track machine operators was between 1 and 35 years. In total, more than 170 years of experience in mechanised track maintenance were present. The resulting feedback was valuable, constructive and forthright.
Discussion based on questionnaire
The evaluation of questionnaires on 12 main topics, which also allowed for personal comments, provided the basis for the in-depth discussion. The machine’s operating comfort, touch panels, reliability of the P-IC control system and the simple set-up and close down received highly positive feedback.
The topic of “ergonomic design of the control elements” (touch panels, switches, armrests, seats, etc.) was discussed the most. A wealth of experience from practical operation was shared. The importance of a machine’s ergonomic design is no surprise. One participant explained, “The cabin is my second home”.
Participants, initiators and host highly satisfied with the output
When the day of intensive exchange between operators, design engineers, programmers, and service technicians of the Unimat 09-4x4/4S series came to an end, all participants were satisfied with the output. One of the machine operators was pleased with the exchange of experience between all partners in track maintenance, “I started my professional career 35 years ago. As far as I know, this has been the first event of its kind.”
Other comments from participants show the success of the initiative:
Robert Kellermeier, Plasser & Theurer:
“Our company stands for innovation in track maintenance. We want to help our customers work cost-efficiently and increase the quality of their working results. In ensuring this, we also focus on the ergonomic design – that is, the user-friendliness – of our products. We, therefore, greatly appreciate the experiences gained today.”
Ralf Lange, Deutsche Plasser:
“As a service partner, we are an important interface between the machine producer and the machine user. That is why honest and constructive collaboration is crucial to us. I am pleased that so many machine operators attended this event and delighted with the support we received from our customers in this exchange of experiences. Our colleagues from Linz and Purkersdorf also contributed considerably to the success of this event.”
Antonio Intini, PMC Rail International Academy:
“Conducting this workshop has been a great honour for PMC Rail. We offer an instruction and further training programme that is independent of the manufacturer. To reinforce what is known and to learn what is new, we provide our experience, our training facilities and simulators. The experiences of more than 170 years of operation in track maintenance will have an impact on our training programme and ultimately benefit all of our customers. I look forward to further initiatives like this.”