Global rail engineering company, Pandrol, has launched its new AUTOseal mould to eliminate the need for manual sealing, creating significant time and weight efficiencies in the application process.
Pandrol’s AUTOseal mould eliminates the need for manual sealing with the mould delivered through an innovative built-in insulation joint, which expands during pre-heating to create a tight seal. This new process is more reliable than conventional luting, particularly when used in cold weather and tight spaces.
The mould saves up to five minutes per weld, delivering significant time savings. Weighing less than 200 grams, the automatic solution delivers impressive weight savings versus traditional methods using sand that can weigh 5KG. It is also a much more ergonomic process, involving less stress and kneeling for the welder.
From an environmental perspective, the it reduces the amount of plastic waste and saves on energy for transportation.
A spokesperson for Pandrol, said: “Since the invention of rail aluminothermic welding at the start of the last century, the process has involved sealing the moulds to the rail ends to avoid metal leaks. This is a manual process, with paste or sand, and is particularly time-consuming and requires skill and precision.
“Pandrol’s AUTOseal mould delivers considerable time, weight and cost savings, while also delivering a more reliable seal than conventional luting. In turn, it makes sealing the mould safer, quicker, more ergonomic and better for the planet when compared to traditional methods.”