Macton compliments its railcar hoist systems with a complete selection of accessory equipment, including body stands, truck stands, jacking carriages, locomotive wheel shim tables, bolster repair fixtures, split rail trolleys, motor mount/dismount stands, traversing drop tables, jack stands and more. Macton has the engineering knowledge and experience to provide effective and customized solutions to any maintenance challenge calling for custom designs, especially in retrofit solutions. Macton delivers improvements in efficiency, convenience and operator safety, tailored exactly to the requirements of each location.
Inexpensive and easy to use, Macton jacking carriages lift the truck enough for the wheels to clear the rails for easy visual or audio drive train checks, as well as standard maintenance – they are typically used for quick maintenance checks of vehicles at prescribed intervals of time or mileage. Macton jacking carriages are supported along the inside of each rail, so they are easy to roll into position or out of the way. They are often used as an alternative to spinning posts.
Locomotive Wheel Shim Tables
The key to high efficiency in locomotive service is to limit the movement of the locomotives within the maintenance shop. Accomplishing as much work as possible at one stop, or on a single track, not only means reducing overall maintenance time (thus saving shop hours), it also means improving the safety of the process. The Macton shim table provides the means to reduce locomotive movement. With a shim table installed in line with a wheel truing machine, wheels can now be shimmed on the spot to meet federal regulations without having to move the locomotive to a drop table (which is most likely on a separate track). The Macton shim table is designed to be space-saving and low-maintenance. With an oil-filled steel enclosure embedded in the foundation, the two machine screws and the chrome coated lifting columns are lubricated constantly and free of contamination. The high-starting-torque driving mechanism provides smooth lifting and lowering movement. The rugged table top with pneumatic locking system integrates the shim table into the existing track system for uninterrupted locomotive crossing. When in the lowered position, the lifting nuts are automatically disengaged to ensure that the loading from a locomotive passing over the shim table is not transferred to the lifting system.
Flexible Design Options – These systems are typically custom-designed and manufactured to meet the specific needs of each of its customers, which provides engineers, designers and facility owners with a wide range of design and performance options. We will work with your engineers and other professionals throughout the process and can quickly adapt the size and shape of the jacking carriage to ensure that your performance and cost savings goals are met.
Long-Term Reliability – All of these systems are pre-assembled and tested in our manufacturing facility to ensure that all performance criteria have been met before they are shipped out to our customers. In addition, there is a special focus in the design, engineering and fabrication of these systems to ensure that they continue to run smoothly and reliably day in and day out for the years and decades to come – this has been proven out in the numerous Macton jacking carriages which have been in service for decades and continue to move smoothly and quietly day in and day out.
Minimal Maintenance Required – These systems require only a minimal amount of routine maintenance each year, which can be scheduled for times when the facility is not normally in operation – as a result, this minimal annual maintenance does not entail operational disruptions or expensive downtime for the servicing of this equipment.
Control and Programming Features – The shim table is controlled by programmable controller and operates semi-automatically. The precise positioning of the shim table is monitored by the program, and a flashing blue light indicates the machine status whenever the table top is engaged.
Size is Customizable to Meet Specific Needs of Customer – We will work with your engineers and other professionals throughout the process and can quickly adapt the size and shape of the shim table system to ensure that your performance and cost savings goals are met.
Lifting Speed – The high-starting-torque driving mechanism lifts and lowers at 2fpm.
Loads Handled – The normal capacity is 40 ton, but different load capacities can be designed if desired.
Full Support Throughout Project – Macton provides full support throughout the entire project, beginning with the initial design of the system to be built, during which time Macton’s engineering staff interfaces with the project’s engineers and other professionals to provide the practical assistance and the detailed technical support needed to integrate its equipment into the overall installation.
Ease of Equipment Installation – Macton provides a specially-trained field engineer or technician to supervise the installation, start-up and commissioning of its equipment, ensuring that it is brought on-line quickly and delivers the expected performance.
Ongoing Post-Sale Support – Macton also provides long-term spare parts and technical support services. Long-term service contracts are also available at each of these installations for periodic inspection and maintenance programs, as well as training services, as needed. In addition, Macton provides customers with the ability to easily upgrade their control panels, drives and other systems to ensure they reflect the latest in technology.
Standard 5 Year Warranty – The equipment is warranted to be free from defects in material or workmanship for a period of five (5) years from the date it’s shipped from Macton’s facility. Accordingly, during such 5-year period, Macton will repair or replace any such defective parts or equipment at Macton’s cost (including covering all shipping costs). If required to trouble-shoot such equipment, Macton will provide the services of an onsite field service engineer, and if any such defects are found to exist, Macton will pay the labor and travel costs of such field service engineer. This warranty is void if the equipment is installed without supervision by a Macton representative. This warranty does not cover: (i) water damage, or damage due to chemical corrosion or from dirt or debris on or around the equipment, (ii) any damage caused by improper use or accident, or from the failure to perform the recommended periodic maintenance on the equipment, (iii) normal wear and tear, (iv) portions of the equipment repaired or modified by others without Macton’s prior written approval, or (v) any additional onsite labor, tools or equipment required for the inspection, removal and reinstallation of any parts of the equipment.