Uralvagonzavod (part of the Concern UVZ is a part of the State Corporation Rostec) began preparations for the production of a stamped-welded bogie model 18-9999: a new section was created and robotic welding complexes were introduced. This is a completely new product not only for the Nizhny Tagil enterprise, but for the entire domestic freight car building industry. The first such cart at UVZ will be manufactured by the end of this year.
After manufacturing, two gondola cars on new bogies will go to qualification tests, and then to pilot operation. Long-term plans include serial production of rolling stock using bogies of model 18-9999.
Two-axle three-element stamped-welded bogie model 18-9999 has improved technical and operational characteristics. Its use can significantly reduce wheel flange wear and provide increased driving stability at high speeds on straight and curved sections. The implemented design solutions ensure a reduced impact of freight cars on the railway track, smooth running and noise reduction.
The design documentation for the trolley was developed by one of the Russian companies. For the manufacture of some units at the enterprise, other subdivisions of the carriage and mechanical assembly industries are involved.
New bogies will be more expedient to use in rolling stock, which requires high speeds. These are, for example, fitting and universal platforms, including those intended for piggyback transportation and other specialized composition, the production of which is being actively mastered by Uralvagonzavod. In the meantime, bogie 18-9999 is installed under the gondola car, since this type of freight rolling stock has the most difficult and critical operating conditions.
Gondola car 12-196-04 on bogie 18-9999 was first presented at the International Railway Salon PRO//Dvizhenie.EXPO in August last year, and in December it received a certificate. Now the task of Uralvagonzavod is to obtain a certificate for a stamped-welded bogie of its own production, in order to subsequently produce an already whole product.
- Uralvagonzavod again sets the trend in the Russian freight car building, mastering the new generation bogie. In the future, we are planning a serial production of bogies of model 18-9999 with maximum automation of their production, - says Kirill Tomashchuk, Deputy General Director for Civilian Products of Uralvagonzavod Concern.