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Railroad Manufacturing Equipment

One of the great strengths Macton provides for the manufacturer is not just extensive experience in various lifting and positioning products, but in the custom engineering of complete and appropriate systems. When considering plant upgrades, new facilities, or new capabilities, this ability is an invaluable resource. The ability to plan ahead and work with all the stakeholders involved provides superior cost-in use scenarios, and Macton’s track record of designing mechanically superior and cost-appropriate systems yields immediate results. Macton installations include such projects as a large-scale factory renovation for Kawasaki Rail Car Inc., in Yonkers, New York and a railcar production facility for Amcar in Huntington, West Virginia.

Dual direction steel tired transporter - used in sets of two to move a finished car from one assembly line to an exit rail line running at 90 degrees to the assembly line. One transporter has the ability to move the top five feet to offset the car around a column.
75 ft. Dia. Turntable-Based Positioning System
Work trucks - these work trucks are used in sets of two to move a car through the assembly process prior to having its own trucks installed. The work trucks have an interchangeable high and low post to accommodate different car heights.



Reduction in Downtime – Macton's systems are designed to be quickly and easily installed, resulting in not only lower installation costs but also minimal disruption in operations – in addition, due to their strong record of reliability, you will also generally experience an ongoing reduction in plant downtime as a result of these systems requiring very limited maintenance.

Decrease in Operating and Capital Costs – The automation of these systems reduces the manpower requirements that would otherwise be needed for these factory operations – in addition, they reduce the need for support equipment such as cranes, forklifts, tow motors and other similar equipment that might otherwise be needed.

Maximizing Usable Factory Space – Most of these systems result in a reduction in the amount of space needed to be set aside for the specific material handling and positioning tasks required – this typically happens in part due to the elimination of dead space required for parking and loading areas.

Long-Term Reliability – All of these systems are pre-assembled and tested in our manufacturing facility to ensure that all performance criteria have been met before they are shipped out to our customers. In addition, there is a special focus in the design, engineering and fabrication of these systems to ensure that they continue to run smoothly and reliably day in and day out for the years and decades to come.

Full Support Throughout Project – Macton provides full support throughout the entire project, beginning with the initial design of the system to be built, during which time Macton’s engineering staff interfaces with the manufacturer’s engineers and other professionals to provide the practical assistance and the detailed technical support needed to integrate its equipment into the overall facility.

Ease of Equipment Installation – Macton provides a specially-trained field engineer or technician to supervise the installation, start-up and commissioning of its equipment, ensuring that it is brought on-line quickly and delivers the expected performance.

Ongoing Post-Sale Support – Macton also provides long-term spare parts and technical support services. Long-term service contracts are also available at each of these installations for periodic inspection and maintenance programs, as well as training services, as needed. In addition, Macton provides customers with the ability to easily upgrade their control panels, drives and other systems to ensure they reflect the latest in technology.

Standard 5 Year Warranty – The equipment is warranted to be free from defects in material or workmanship for a period of five (5) years from the date it’s shipped from Macton’s facility.  Accordingly, during such 5-year period, Macton will repair or replace any such defective parts or equipment at Macton’s cost (including covering all shipping costs).  If required to trouble-shoot such equipment, Macton will provide the services of an onsite field service engineer, and if any such defects are found to exist, Macton will pay the labor and travel costs of such field service engineer.  This warranty is void if the equipment is installed without supervision by a Macton representative.  This warranty does not cover: (i) water damage, or damage due to chemical corrosion or from dirt or debris on or around the equipment, (ii) any damage caused by improper use or accident, or from the failure to perform the recommended periodic maintenance on the equipment, (iii) normal wear and tear, (iv) portions of the equipment repaired or modified by others without Macton’s prior written approval, or (v) any additional onsite labor, tools or equipment required for the inspection, removal and reinstallation of any parts of the equipment.

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  • 75 Diameter Turntable
    75 ft. Diameter Turntable-Based Positioning System
  • High Lift Trucks
    High Lift Trucks – used in sets of four to lift a rail vehicle body and transfer from one work station to another or onto a set of trucks. Lifts operate in unison for level lifting of the vehicle body.
  • Dual Direction Steel Tired Transporter
    Dual direction steel tired transporter - used in sets of two to move a fmished car from one assembly line to an exit rail line running at 90 degrees to the assembly line. One transporter has the ability to move the top five feet to offset the car around a column.