ContiTech Pantograph

ContiTech is to present its flagship product on the Australian market, in addition to its air springs systems and rubber-metal components, at the leading regional trade fair AusRAIL PLUS 2013 from 26-28 November, 2013, in Sydney, Australia (hall 2, booth 178).

From Perth to Sydney, suspension components from the ContiTech and PHOENIX brands are being used in many rail vehicles in Australia. They are produced by ContiTech Railway Engineering from Hanover, Germany, one of the world’s leading systems manufacturers of ultramodern suspension systems for rail vehicles.

Safe, comfortable, noise reducing, and cost-effective: the ContiTech air spring and suspension systems satisfy the most stringent requirements in passenger transport. The basis for this are high-quality materials and material combinations, which ensure the excellent quality of the ContiTech products. Furthermore, ContiTech’s broad sales network also guarantees worldwide service for rail vehicle operators. ContiTech’s fitters and service partners support operators and manufacturers anywhere in the world within the shortest space of time.

"Our global dealer network allows us to provide replacement parts rapidly for the purpose of repair work," said Andreas Hass, head of sales at ContiTech Railway Engineering.

ContiTech uses its own employees as well as dealers for this; together with their teams, they can get anywhere in the world within a very short space of time. The company is constantly expanding this network and regularly provides further training to engineers.

ContiTech Railway Engineering has at its disposal the world’s only test lab for rail vehicle air spring systems in Hanover, Germany, underlining its high quality standards. Twelve testing procedures that are important for the rail industry have been accredited to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025. With certification to ISO 9001, TS 16949, and IRIS, the test laboratory has been fulfilling top requirements for many years.

Air actuators in pantographs – uniform contact pressure

At AusRAIL PLUS, ContiTech Air Spring Systems will also be demonstrating the application of air actuators in pantographs. These are used to transfer current from a permanently installed overhead line to railway vehicles. They ensure uniform contact pressure in variable weather conditions and at high speeds. Air actuators function reliably and free of friction throughout their long service life.