HIRD Rail Services is the appointed Global Reseller for Fatigue Technology (FTI), the world’s leading authority on the Split Sleeve Cold Hole Expansion Process.
Bolted rail joints require routine inspection and are a known cause of derailments. When cracks are detected in rail joints it can mean imposed speed and weight restrictions that can lead to expensive unscheduled maintenance costs.
Developed for the rail industry by FTI, the RailTec process is a system that helps in the prevention of rail breakages, track-related incidents and derailments. The life of bolt holes is increased significantly by producing a zone of residual compressive stress around them by using the RailTec expansion mandrel and proprietary lubricated split sleeves.
Superior to any other method of cold working holes, the RailTec process is easily applied to all main line or branch line tracks as part of routine maintenance. Rails with small fatigue cracks can be reworked and safely returned to service.
Click here to visit the HIRD FTI RailTec website.