Safe and clean on the railroad track
Federal state Schleswig Holstein supports
AKB Antriebstechnik with € 195,000 ($ 285,000)
(Translated by AKB)
Lübeck, 08.22.08 - To load cars efficiently, safely and transport these cars secure on
the railroad track that is the goal of AKB Antriebstechnik GmbH Lübeck.
AKB develops components for closed lifting units of car carriers which are
automatically adjustable in the height. That project is advocated by the federal state
Schleswig-Holstein in line with future program economy of the support program
‘Internal research and development and innovations for small and medium-sized
businesses’ with € 195,000 ($ 285,831).
Dr. Bernd Bösche, general manager of the economic promotion and technology
transfer Schleswig-Holstein (German: WTSH), assigned this support program to AKB
Antriebstechnik on 08.20.08 in Lübeck.
Currently 7 million cars are transported by the German Railways in Europe. For this
purpose 19,000 lifting units for car carriers are available, which are predominantly
timeworn. Half of that wagon asset is going to get exchanged for new wagons in the
next few years. The outcome of this replacement requirement is demanded of 5,000
closed double stack wagons - a great chance for the business in Lübeck. ‘Currently
there is no other business that offers such an innovative answer to that project’ Dr.
Bösche said. AKB, a specialist for particular gears and lifting unit components, could
bridge the gap in the market. First ascertained requests are already on hand for the
business in Lübeck.
‘AKB Antriebstechnik is known as an innovative business, which develops advanced
technology made in Lübeck’, Spyridon Aslanidis said, attending project manager of
the ‘WTSH Lübeck’. ‘Especially in view of ascending numbers regarding new wagon
alteration the Lübeck harbour can use their logistics chains even better and
transports with nothing loaded can be avoided’ Aslanidis said.
So far double-stacked wagons are used for vehicle transport on the railroad track;
their top level gets lowered manually. With an open transport damages and dirt are
possible on the cars paint, even burglary could happen. A closed construction
prevents all of these factors. An automatic lowering of the top level accelerates the
loading process and prevents possible car damages in the lower level. The safety for
workers gets advanced because the adjustment of height stops when workers are
still in the wagon. Furthermore the exhaust gets measured during the loading
process. If there is too much exhaust in the wagon, an acoustic signal will warn the
workers. Through this development project AKB provides six new jobs and so do
external employers. AKB Antriebstechnik was established in 1996 and occupies 9