E-Clip Machine Clipping Head Redesign

Gemco Rail

E-Clip Machine E-Clip Machine E-Clip Machine

LC was approached to redesign the tool clipping head on a new E-clip machine in order to improve the clipping reliability and performance.

The key requirements included simultaneous engagement or removal of 4 clips at a time on a single 1 sleeper every 6 seconds, and accommodating a varying gap of up to 15mm between the sleeper and the rail.

Additionally the new clipping head design was constrained to retrofitting to the existing machine with minimal impact and modification

LC Engineering developed a new and innovative clipping head mechanism that retrofitted to the exiting E-Clip machine design.

The unique approach to referencing the clip head hieght off of the sleeper as opposed to the rail ensure the closer alignment of the clip tool head to the clip itself. This resulted in a very high degree of cliping performance.

A project stage gate approach was adopted with an initial design concept development stage, followed by a detailed analysis and component design stage allowing the client to remain closely involved in the direction of the design development.

A subsequent third stage involved assistance through the manufacture process and validation of the design through extensive testing of the prototype.

The project was delivered on time and on budget and certified to applicable Australian Standards.

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