“PlasserSmartTamping” stands for innovations developed by Plasser & Theurer to continuously improve tamping machines and tamping units. This includes innovations that have already been introduced to the market, such as wear-optimised tamping tines, new tamping units, the new generation of the track geometry guiding computer SmartALC, the P-IC machine control system including the remote diagnosis system PlasserDatamatic, and electric drives for more energy efficiency. The next big step is the development of the new turnout tamping assistance system “PlasserSmartTamping – The Assistant”. It will significantly increase the transparency, working quality and process reliability of tamping operations in turnouts and crossings.
Already today, automation is used to facilitate tamping works in turnouts and crossing. However, the quality of the tamping works still depends on the experience and skills of the two operators who control this complex process. The tamper in the main cabin controls the tamping unit, including the opening width and the tilting motion of the tines, as well as the turntable. The co-tamper controls the lifting and lining unit, and parts of the tamping unit in the diverging track as well as the additional lifting unit. Both operators must have extensive knowledge in their special fields.