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Thorite helps put a stop to trains

Thorite helps put a stop to trains

Saturday 31st July 2010

TMD Friction Group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of automotive, rail & industrial brake friction materials, with production sites, sales offices and R&D facilities in 11 countries.

The company's Manchester-based facility produces friction products for underground, freight, passenger rail vehicles and also houses TMD Friction Group's only full scale railway test dynamometer. This has recently been upgraded for increased load capacity and accuracy, with help from Thorite, the UK's largest supplier of pneumatic products and systems.

The dynamometer subjects friction materials for rail traffic to precise loadings to ensure compliance with European Standards.  Pneumatic cylinders are used to force the friction material on to the rail wheel under simulated operating conditions.

Thorite's specialist engineering team was called in to work in collaboration with TMD staff, supplying new pneumatic cylinders and designing & producing a master control panel with which precise control limits can be programmed, allowing very accurate performance data for differing friction material products to be fully analysed.

In addition to providing the stopping force for trains in the UK, TMD Friction's other "Cosid" branded rail friction materials are also in use with Germany's Deutsche Bahn on European inter-city networks, on the metros of Shanghai and Shenzhen in China and on the driverless Dubai Metro system, along with many others.

EEF - The Manufacturers' Organisation -- The Carbon Trust - Accredited Supplier -- CHAS - The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme -- BCAS - British Compressed Air Society -- SafeContractor Approved
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