Yale Engineering Products (Pty) Ltd recently delivered and installed four sets of wagon/chassis rotators to Transnet Freight Rail’s Uitenhage Depot, with another three sets on order. Similar in principle to the Yale Mechan bogie rotator systems, the much larger wagon/chassis rotators were designed specifically for the type, weight, size and harsh conditions under which the rolling stock in South Africa operates and is ideally suited for wagon manufacturing and rehabilitation plants and maintenance facilities.
The rotators are able to lift a wagon and turn it 360 degrees allowing access to the underside for welding, riveting or painting. With advances made in the field of engineering, the new rotators lock securely to the wagon/chassis after being hoisted into place. The wagon is then locked into the driving end of the rotator and the slave end allows for lateral movement, accommodating the different lengths of wagon/chassis being worked on. The rotator can handle up to 17 tons per side and span 14 – 20 metres in length.Safety is a primary concern in this type of work environment and therefore the new design has stringent safety features. The system has been built in such a manner that the wagon/chassis locks securely to the rotator. It is sturdier and more balanced than the current rotators in operation. In the event of a power failure, the emergency mechanism locks, securing the wagon/chassis in situ.
“Peace of mind comes from using a well established brand where support is on hand. Yale Engineering Products (Pty) Ltd, offers customers years of engineering expertise and mechanical support. Our range of products have been proven over many years and are designed specifically for the rail industry” says Kevin Hoy, Managing Director of Yale Engineering Products (Pty) Ltd.