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Unit Train Positioning Systems for Faster Unloading

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

The railcars in a unit train all carry the same commodity, originate from the same location and travel to the same destination. High-volume bulk materials such as coal, coke, iron ore and aggregates are typically transported this way, as well as bulk liquids like ethanol, crude oil and condensate.  All the railcars tend to be nearly identical, inside and out.  Unit trains save time and money for a railroad, and eliminates any delays and confusion associated with assembling and disassembling the trains at railyards at both ends of the operation.  This type of service enables railroads to more effectively compete with truck transportation and river barges.

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Railcar Moving Devices Offer More Efficiency Than Locomotives

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 @ 09:10 AM

Rack-Drive-PositionerLocomotives are a common means of moving railcars and strings of cars, but that action does not make them rail car movers.  Ports, power plants and industrial facilities share the logistics of locomotive use to break trains into strings, transfer strings to the loading or unloading facility, position individual cars for loading or unloading, re-assemble trains and perform other rail duties at a particular facility.  However, more manpower is needed, and safety is always a major concern.  Line of sight is never optimal, so any train movement could result in injury or worse.

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Rota-Side Wagon Tipplers Handle Bulk Materials for the Indian Market

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Jan 09, 2013 @ 11:07 AM

Heyl & Patterson manufactures Rota-Side Wagon Tipplers and side arm chargers for the Indian market through an exclusive relationship with FLSmidth India.  While some tippler manufacturers are capable of offering either Turnover Wagon Tipplers or C-Frame Rotary Tipplers, Heyl & Patterson offers both models.  Either style can be installed at a customer's site, depending on the site conditions, and both tippler designs comply with the latest RDSO specifications, G33 Rev 1.

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Tags: side arm chargers, wagon tipplers, railcar dumpers

Heyl & Patterson Introduces New Railcar Movers Brochure

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 @ 11:30 AM

Heyl & Patterson provides custom-engineered solutions in a wide range of equipment, and can help customers determine the best available equipment for their operations.  These solutions include a complete line of railcar movers that push or pull a railcar, string of cars or an entire train without locomotive assistance.  As part of our continuing efforts to update our customers on our product lines, a new Railcar Movers brochure has been added to the Bulk Transfer Division line of literature.

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Two Types of H&P Wagon Tipplers Meet RDSO Requirements in India

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, May 09, 2012 @ 01:16 PM

Railways were introduced to India in 1853, and as their development progressed in the 20th century, several organizations grew to enforce standardization and coordination among the various railway systems.  Each company formulated its own rules and regulations regarding charging, booking and carriage of passengers and goods.  Due to the multiple rules, the Indian rail system was known for its inconvenience.

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Effective Automated Coal Unloading

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Apr 11, 2012 @ 11:22 AM

The main purpose of coal handling systems is to transfer the coal as quickly and cleanly as possible as it is moved from one place to another.  Loading and transporting are just two stages in the process of moving coal from the producer to the consumer.  When transporting by rail, coal must be unloaded from railroad cars and a number of options are available, including rotary dumpers and turnover dumpers, which discharge loads parallel to the rails.

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Tags: railcar movers, side arm chargers, railcar indexers, CUB railcar mover, train positioners, coal handling, wagon tipplers, railcar dumpers

Seevinck & Associates Represents Heyl & Patterson in Australia

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 @ 08:58 AM

Mining is one of Australia's most important industries, creating significant employment and greatly contributing to the Australian economy.  It's also a vital source of export revenue.  Australia is the world's leading exporter of coal and iron ore, and is among the leaders in nickel, zinc, aluminum, gold and uranium.  Minerals make up about 35% of Australia's total exports.

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Tags: bulk material handling equipment, barge unloaders, coal handling, ship unloaders, railcar movers, side arm chargers, wagon tipplers, railcar indexers, train positioners, reps, railcar dumpers

Train Positioners Save Power Plants Time and Money

Posted by H&P Blog on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 @ 09:04 AM

A locomotive's sole purpose is to move a train along railroad tracks.  It has no payload capacity of its own, and it's not a very efficient mode of transportation.  It is an effective engine for transporting raw bulk materials such as coal, iron ore, limestone and chemicals across the country, but pushing individual railcars a few feet at a time into an unloader is not the best use of its abilities.

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Heyl & Patterson Awarded Foreign Manufacturing Certification

Posted by H&P Blog on Mon, Dec 06, 2010 @ 11:00 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Pittsburgh, PA – Heyl & Patterson Inc., a specialist engineering company in Robinson Township, has received certification by India’s National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to manufacture industrial capital equipment in India.

The certification will lead to infrastructure improvements to the nation of India.

The NTPC is building a new power generation plant in a northern Indian province, and plans to use Heyl & Patterson as its preferred vendor in engineering Wagon Tipplers and Side Arm Chargers to offload coal.

A Wagon Tippler, or Railcar Dumper, is a mechanism used for unloading certain types of railroad cars. It holds the car to a section of track and rotates the track and car together to dump the contents. A Side Arm Charger is a shepherding device that positions loaded railcars one by one into the Wagon Tippler for unloading.

“India today is where China was 15 years ago. Its economy is gearing up, but the rail system hasn’t been up to the task,” said John Edelman, President and CEO. “This certification will enable Heyl & Patterson to help transform the Indian subcontinent by transporting its coal more efficiently to power the nation.”

About Heyl & Patterson Inc.:
Founded in 1887 in Pittsburgh, Heyl & Patterson provides high quality, reliable and custom-engineered solutions for bulk material handling and thermal processing applications around the world. Heyl & Patterson evolves with the industries it serves, combining cutting-edge technology and innovation with extensive experience. Products and services include Railcar Dumpers, Rail & Barge Movers, Barge Unloaders, Thermal Processors, High Efficiency Dryers and Coolers, Calciners, Bulk Material Processors, Pilot Plant Testing, Engineering Studies and Field Service.

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Heyl & Patterson Visits India

Posted by H&P Blog on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 @ 11:00 AM

Heyl & Patterson is attending the International Mining & Machinery Exhibition in Kolkata (Calcutta), India on November 10-13, 2010.

Harry Edelman, Executive Vice President, gave a presentation on the company’s Wagon Tipplers and Side Arm Chargers (Rotary Dumper & Train Positioners) at Calcutta’s Oberlin Hotel on November 11. The discussion was on our experience with these pieces of equipment and our new licensing agreement with FLSmidth Pvt. India. Response was positive from the 30+ attendees.

Next on the agenda is a visit to a local customer who had one of our machines installed in 1964. They still use it and are happy with it.

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