As in many industries, a lack of qualified staff is also a major issue in track maintenance. This makes it even more important to find solutions to automate track maintenance even more. The new Unimat 09-8x4/4S BR-Dynamic E3 maintenance system by Plasser & Theurer shows how this is possible using state-of-the art technology. It was developed specifically for maintaining high-capacity turnouts. Short track possessions make it necessary to maintain them in an extremely fast, precise, and efficient way. Integrated ballast management is an essential prerequisite as precise ballasting is part of the process.
The new machine sets itself apart with a spacious and comfortable crew compartment. It is clearly a perk in view of this extremely challenging job. What also stands out is that there is only one operator’s cab for two operators on the machine’s main frame. With digitalised systems supporting work processes, staff reduction has become an option. What is currently being tested as a field study is expected to offer many operating companies a new way to deal with staff shortages.