Geismar, worldwide leader in track laying, maintenance, and renewal, is thrilled to unveil its two new battery-powered machines for sustainable on-track bolting and rail de-stressing operations. Pioneering electric technology to foster a more sustainable way to rail, Geismar took the occasion of the 2023 Rail Live exhibition in the United Kingdom to showcase Mantis, the most powerful railway battery-powered impact wrench on the market, and Nautilus, a brand new electro-hydraulic high-pressure unit to feed rail tensors and weld shearing machines.

Attracting more than 5,000 professional visitors a year, Rail Live is simply the largest outdoor rail exhibition in the UK. On this occasion, the French manufacturer not only brought exhaustive solutions to showcase, but also unveiled these innovations from the Activion systems range that paves the way for Geismar’s legacy for continuous innovation and a more sustainable rail industry.

Mantis, the innovative electric impact wrench

While nowadays’ fastening equipment is still mostly powered by petrol engines and made for traditional use by operators, the Mantis impact wrench brings a new way of coachscrewing and bolting. Integrating two 5Ah or 12Ah batteries for up to 600 unscrewing cycles, the brand-new, patented, vibration absorption technology of its chassis offers a great reduction in hand/arm vibration levels, henceforth allowing a full day of continuous work.

Developing up to 4,000Nm torque to unloose the tightest bolts or coachscrews, and integrating a quick socket change system, no other bolting equipment has ever been so modular and efficient on the track.

Versatile, Mantis speeds up bolting operations while being safe to use by the operator, and for all track fastenings, by integrating an easy access three-position torque limiter selector. This system, featuring its patented chassis, brings a new way for workers to operate by being safer, more ergonomic, and allowing effortless operations, in combination with its new support trolley.

Nautilus, the best ally for decarbonated de-stressing operations

Building on the idea of electrifying each part of today’s and tomorrow’s railway worksites, Geismar took the leap in favour of combining technologies to comply with current and future needs. Introducing the high-pressure Nautilus electro-hydraulic unit: a dual output battery-powered unit designed to provide all the hydraulic power needed for rail de-stressing and shearing operations. The perfect balance between hydraulic machinery and emission-free operation, powered by the high-capacity 1,400Wh Activion battery.

Featuring a powerful brushless motor that is not only lighter, but provides a longer lasting life and higher reliability, Nautilus is also a flexible partner on de-stressing worksites thanks to a precise hydraulic flow control, which can feed up to two machines simultaneously.

Compatible with TH-series rail tensors and ESN-series weld shearing machines, Geismar presents its actual vision of emission-free de-stressing operations on worksites.

What is up, Rail Live?

To introduce these innovations to the world and keep the momentum with the firm’s latest releases, Geismar prepared a comprehensive exhibition during which the teams are thrilled to share and discuss railway solutions.

The new Narval battery-powered rail drill, introduced earlier this year at the SIFER exhibition in France, is also part of the show, providing quick, precise, and emission-free drilling operations wherever needed. Featuring a tool-free Weldon’s classic drills and premium drill change system, Narval benefits from many competitive advantages.

Also on the center stage, the rising star of RRVs Runner Wizard lightweight utility vehicle, which features great towing and propelling capabilities, making it the ideal solution for light equipment transportation on worksites. It better serves operators’ interests and evolving needs for more terrain-adapted solutions, fostering a greater return on investment.

In brief, this show is not only a great opportunity for Geismar to showcase its world premieres, but also, to let its different ranges of equipment share the fame, from measurement solutions to electric conversion kits, to promote its vision toward a safer, handier, and greener railway maintenance world, with Geismar expertise at the centre of it all.