A press is used to mimic the loads imposed on a bogie by a rail vehicle and to settle the suspension so no further adjustment is needed when the body is fitted.
Following build, repair or refurbishment a bogie press is employed to ensure the ride height is set correctly. The unit bridges the rails and consists of cylinder(s) that apply load to the suspension points. Adapters can be used to accommodate different types of bogie.
We usually advise clients to fit a beam under the rails to transfer the weight from the bogie’s wheels to the press structure. It can be mounted in the floor in depots where rails are flush or under a raised section.
The press is normally powered by a three-phase electrical supply and will have an independent electro-hydraulic power pack to operate the cylinder(s).
Other optional features include:
- Load measurement by hydraulic pressure or solid state load cells
- Wheel load measurement to check load distribution
- Bogie ride height measurement
- Automation of some or all functions
- Data logging with report printout and storage