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Mechan develops new product to help Siemens Mobility

Mechan, the Sheffield-based manufacturer of lifting equipment, is now offering bogie lifters to the rail market after designing and producing a set of 22 for a specialist overhaul facility in Lincoln.

Siemens Mobility asked the company to develop the lifters, which work in pairs to raise a bogie frame to a comfortable height for maintenance and repairs to take place underneath, to replace a set of aging equipment and the two firms worked together to perfect the design, ensuring it provided maximum efficiency and safety.

The new lifters have now been installed at Siemens Mobility’s facility in Lincoln, where they will be used to service bogies from the Eurostar, Desiro and Thameslink trains. It is the first time Mechan has supplied this location, although its equipment is in use at eight of the firm’s other UK facilities.

Lindsey Mills, Mechan’s sales manager, said: “Siemens Mobility approached us about designing bogie lifters because of our reputation for high-quality equipment. Thanks to our existing relationship, the client also knows we have the inhouse skills to deliver exactly to its specification. Many depots use bogie rotators to raise a frame and they have been a staple in our product portfolio for many years, but we are pleased to now be offering the sector a cost-effective alternative, when there is no need for the bogie to revolve.”

Bogie lifters work in synchronised pairs to grip the bogie securely and lift it to a desired height, within a fine tolerance. They are designed to allow maximum clearance around the frame, giving operators access to all areas when dismantling and reassembling the unit.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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