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UWC launches bulk production of ADI for railcar wear resistance

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Within the import substitution framework, the PJSC Research and production corporation United Wagon Company (UWC), the market leader in innovative railcar building in the 1520 mm gauge area, has started bulk manufacture of austempered ductile iron (ADI) components.

The annual production capacity is 30 000 railcar sets. The total investments exceeded RUB 1 billion.

UWC has become the first company to launch a large-scale production of ADI in Russia. The production capacity is enough to meet the needs of the Tikhvin railcar building facilities for the key wear resistant elements of a freight car bogie, used to ensure that its run life is no less than 1 million km.

The project has been implemented using the best global manufacturing practices and equipment successfully proven in the US and Europe. The highly robotised state-of-the-art production plant in Tikhvin has mastered and uses the following three processes: the production of bainitic ductile iron by austempering, precision machining of parts made of extra hard materials, and high induction hardening and quenching.

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