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Speno adds preventive milling to its fleet
 
Rail reprofiling and controlling contact fatigue crack growth are today considered as key maintenance issues for modern Railways and Metros across the five continents. Speno is dedicated to these safety-critical tasks where the Company is world leader.
 
Requirements for rail profiles and reprofiling periodicity from Railways and Metros are becoming more specific, since they take into account more factors like the type of traffic and the local rail conditions. Moreover, the track environment (tunnels, urban areas, type of track on ballast or not) require tailored solutions.
 
Rail reprofiling can be executed by means of different techniques.
 
Grinding and milling are the most commonly applied.
 
Even though Speno has so far built almost 300 rail grinding trains, It has become a logical development to add milling to the Speno toolkit.
 
While grinding offers high productivity and ample flexibility in terms of achieving the required metal removal and varying target rail profiles, milling offers other advantages mostly related to a reduced environmental impact.
 
In the last few years, however, milling was mostly perceived as a corrective maintenance operation for deep cuts into the rail head, to reduce or remove already significant contact fatigue cracks, while it is now generally accepted that rail maintenance has to be done preventively to maximise the rail life and return on investment.
 
The first MRR 600 (Milling Rail Rectifier) was manufactured in 2017. It is fully integrated into the fleet of machines operated and maintained by experienced Speno staff.
 
A new reliable, safe and innovative reprofiling tool is now available and Speno has committed to dedicate its best resources to support the introduction of the MRR family.
 

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