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LAF has provided couplers for equipping new passengers coaches being manufactured for Tanzania Railways Limited (TRL).
Since the purchase of LLOYD ABC Couplers by LAF, LAF has developed and adapted the technology of the Lloyd MC-DA coupler to meet the new constraints of network operators.
End customers have consistently expressed great satisfaction with the quality and robustness of LAF’s couplers.

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LAF is pleased to announce its participation like exhibitor at InnoTrans 2014, the most important International Trade Fair for Railway Industry, to be held in Berlin from 23th to 26th of September 2014.
For this occasion ,with its partners CIM, Sogema Engineering, Spencer Moulton and IBRE, LAF has moved from its historical Hall 3.2 to the Hall 11.2, Stand 211 in order to offer to our visitors more space, more meeting places and to better show its products and its innovative solutions for the railway market.
For any further information, get in touch with the company or to organize a meeting at the show, you can contact us directly to our contact mail : c.sauvan@cimgroupe.com

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The LAF 1936 semi –permanent drawbar, designed to equip special wagons, has been certified in accordance with UIC 572 by the Notified Body CERTIFER.
Consequently, the LAF 1936 drawbar is now allowed to be installed on any rolling stock in Europe, in accordance with the latest TSI (Technical Specification of Interoperability) in force.
LAF has proven once again, its commitment to continuous development of products for the European rail market, in accordance with the required standards.

 

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To better meet the expectations of all of its customers, LAF has committed to:

- undertake a LEAN SIX SIGMA MANAGEMENT approach leading to the flattening of its organization structure and the introduction of a continuous improvement system
- carry out an investment program over 3 years for optimizing workflow and increasing the integration of its manufactured products,
- embark on a program of training and support of its employees to fully meet its customers’ requirements.

Under the leadership of the general management, and in collaboration with various key partners (customers, suppliers, subcontractors, experienced providers ...), LAF has undertaken this proactive approach to improve its performance and continue its growth.

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Mr. Stéphane Reau has joined the team as Quality Manager.
He will exercise its functions in the 3 divisions of CIM (Projects, equipment and Services ), particularly with LAF and SOGEMA ENGINEERING.

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With the aim of always looking for any enhancement, following a request from one of our customers to assist them with a solution for mounting and dismounting a UIC semi-permanent drawbar which could be carried out by a single person on track, LAF designed a solution with a secure collar in accordance with the customer technical specification.
This solution enables the operator to improve both productivity and efficiency.

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To further enhance the company’s existing facilities and to meet the constant evolution of its customer requirements in terms of comfort and energy absorption, LAF is committed to the necessary innovation as well as investment in new equipment.

Amongst the many benefits, this new press will enable LAF to pre-assemble high energy capacity draft gear with thermoplastic elements and to carry out compression/traction tests.

The press has been manufactured by LAF’s s industrial partner SOGEMA ENGINEERING ( link : www.sogema-engineering.com).

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Whilst designing a coupler intended to equip locomotives in a country with a long railway tradition, LAF was requested to provide a high energy absorption (130 kJ) solution.

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With the aim of making new use of existing locomotives for a mining project, a customer has requested LAF to study the possibility of a conversion to enable a Willison type coupler to now be installed.

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