LAF wins a contract for the supply of retractable buffers and drop-head knuckle couplers with integrated hook
Following many months of technical negotiations, LAF has been awarded a contract by a Chinese manufacturer for the supply of retractable buffers and drop-head knuckle couplers with integrated hook. to equip flat wagons that will be delivered in 2019, to the operator of one of Europe’s major urban networks.
These associated products enable the wagons to be used in two particular ways. The hook-type configuration , when the coupler head is down, is associated with the non-retracted buffers, enabling operation with UIC model hooks / screw couplers / buffers. A special feature of these products is to offer a small footprint while respecting the client's specifications.
The knuckle coupler configuration requires the buffers to be in the retracted position. By design, this coupler allows angulation of more than 25 ° which provides the operator with the possibility to use the wagons on tighter curves on the network.
The technical challenges were multiple (reduced radii of curvature, shock absorber with reduced space, self-centering, ... ..) and all them were energetically overcome by the LAF team.
LAF has once again demonstrated its ability to adapt to the constraints of its customers, in order to provide them with the best possible solution.