Spinning Up the Future of Transit Braking Technology

June 5, 2024

Wabtec is spinning up the future of transit braking technology at the company’s location in Piossasco, Italy. The site features a colossal yellow wheel capable of rotating at speeds up to 160 km/h (99.4 m/h). The unique, patented Multi-Axle Roller Rig is a cutting-edge test bench designed to simulate real-world train braking scenarios with unparalleled precision.

The innovative rig is revolutionizing how brake testing is conducted by replicating a variety of conditions related to train wheel adhesion in a lab environment. This approach and process enables the team to reduce development time and costs, while also driving new standards for safety and efficiency in the rail industry.

The wheel is powered by green energy, thanks to the site’s solar panel installation. Watch a behind-the-scenes look as we take this wheel for a spin.

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