Vollert is now marketing its Robot Vlex with articulated steering.
In addition to permanent use in railway depots, the emission free, battery-operated and compact Vlex is suitable for both temporary and permanent use.
The one-man operated radio-controlled vehicle switches from track to road and back again, and despite its compact dimensions, it is suitable for manoeuvring loads of up to 300 tons.
Its vehicle geometry with articulated steering and four individually-controlled wheel hub motors make it extremely agile and economical. This ensures a turning radius of 7.2 metres.
”Some customers opt to rent the Vlex,” says Jürgen Schiemer, Vice President at Vollert. For example, SSB in Stuttgart used the compact Vlex for six months to move trams onto newly erected sidings until final installation of overhead lines. “With its small dimensions and a dead weight of 4.5 tons,
the Vlex is easy to transport and can therefore be quickly employed anywhere.”
At Kämmerer Spezialpapiere in Osnabrück, a Vlex creates the connection between two halls. In doing so, paper rolls are protected from the weather in a closed wagon and transported to the dispatch hall. Kämmerer has reactivated existing track systems, but also uses the tarred road surface in front of the halls for truck traffic.
The road-rail Vlex vehicle is optimally suited to the existing conditions and takes over the manoeuvring task of two trucks in a continuous change
E-Robot: emission-free and
In addition to the compact Vlex, Vollert has an entire range of economica shunting and transport systems for secondary and connecting lines on
offer. This ranges from stationary cable systems, to heavy-duty transfer cars, transport vehicles and even stationary shunting vehicles.
“We are currently experiencing a high demand for electric drive technology. These are just as flexible as diesel engines, but without noise and exhaust emissions. A stop-and-go situation is the rule during loading and unloading.
In contrast to diesel vehicles, there is no noise or emissions during breaks,
and yet the torque is available immediately,” Jürgen says.
To be able to offer the optimum solution for track applications, Vollert
engineers are working on the development of a battery-diesel combination
drive. This combines the emission-free advantages of the battery to be used
in train stations and loading stations and higher speeds while allowing for