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Diversified Metal Fabrication Inc. - Branded Feature

Next Generation Hyrail Looks To Reduce Costs From Installation To Maintenance

Class 1 Fleet Managers, rail contractors and transit operators have multiple options for hi-rail applications. With a full line of offerings, DMF has been evaluating ways to improve our designs based on customer feedback. The next generation of railgear has been meticulously designed to address key areas from kit assembly and installation to reducing maintenance and inventory costs while maintaining the top focus on safety and operation.

Key Improvements
The DMF manufactured GEN3 cylinders have been designed to a single common mold and will no longer have righthand/lefthand versions thus reducing inventory concerns. Internal improvements include new rod wiper, additional rod bearing and improved piston seal. An integrated locking valve is now standard on all cylinders to maximize safety redundancies.

Improve Efficiencies
The next generation of front arms, rear links and locking pins were designed with the clear focus to reduce chassis selection challenges, installation time and long-term maintenance costs. The GEN3 locking pins are more compact, durable and share a universal mounting pattern which will reduce arms and links to a single choice. Rear links now rotate over-center when deployed, eliminating the need for engaging the locking pins. Height adjustment on the rear has been designed into the axle assembly along with the constant contact system which has been moved outbound to improve lateral stability.

DMF The Auto-Mechanical Locking System
The highlight of this railgear is the introduction of the Auto-Mechanical Locking System for the front and rear assemblies. The spring-loaded ball and detent design engages automatically in the stowed position with a securing force 2x the weight of the gear. Combined with the standard integrated locking cylinders, the system has redundant safety protocols to ensure engagement as you drive down the road. With an expectant life of approximately 10,000+ cycles, the AML has the potential to last as long as you own your truck.

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