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Improve Operations, Protect Assets & Reduce Costs

Miner FCS® Friction Cushioning Systems

Many railcars in service today are inadequately protected by hydraulic cushioning devices. Energy is not efficiently managed, and short life cycles lead to costly maintenance--for the hydraulic units and the assets they were supposed to protect. This can result in broken knuckles, hose separations and lading shifts.

Miner’s Friction Cushioning System, known as Miner FCS®, provides a solution that improves operations, protects assets and reduces costs.

Reduced Maintenance Cost, Better Asset Protection

The Miner FCS®-C system uses two draft gears in a specialized tandem arrangement. It fits tightly in the pocket and minimizes free movement caused by slack that creates premature wear and added maintenance costs for car owners. Miner FCS improves operations by managing this slack, reducing service interruptions and provides railroads the flexibility to safely operate longer trains.

Reduce Undesirable Train Stoppages

When a train is in motion, run-in and run-out events can lead to larger than normal forces being transmitted through the car body and lading. By combining draft gear friction with Miner’s patented TecsPak spring material, the Miner FCS substantially decreases run-in and run-out. This reduces lading shifts, broken knuckles and hose separations--causes for undesired stoppages and costly delays associated with hydraulic units.

Miner’s Friction Cushioning System easily installs on refrigerated and standard box cars and steel coil cars, as well as on flat cars, including centerbeam and general service flats.

Not New – Proven – With Years of Development

Miner has been collaborating with Class 1 railroads for several years in developing the Miner FCS. More than 4000 cars equipped with Miner FCS are currently in service, with a combined 100 million miles travelled.

By reducing unplanned service interruptions, minimizing wear and preventing down time for costly change outs, Miner FCS improves operations, protects assets and reduces costs.


View the Miner FCS video here: