DAPCO Industries, Inc. of Ridgefield, Connecticut and Simmons Machine Tool Corporation of Albany, New York have signed an agreement to offer DAPCO’s Turnkey Ultrasonic Inspection Systems for use with the Stanray and Hegenscheidt underfloor wheel profiling machines as well as other key Simmons Axle and Wheel Set Metrology and Inspection systems. The companies will provide complete integration of DAPCO’s ultrasonic inspection product into the above mentioned Simmons products.
DAPCO’s Turnkey Ultrasonic Inspection Systems are used in a wide range of systems but have recently been adapted to inspect for possible sub-surface cracks on railroad wheels and axles. Integrating the DAPCO Wheel Inspection system into the profiling operation allows the end user to inspect the wheel either before or after the profiling operation. Having this added feature provides the rolling stock engineering groups with the flexibility needed to find the type of defects that cause broken wheel derailments. DAPCO has recently installed similar systems for Amtrak and the Union Pacific Railroad.
DAPCO Industries is part of Nordco, Inc. The Nordco family of companies offer an extensive selection of products and services that help the railroad industry keep its trains running safely, efficiently and on time. The family of companies consists of Nordco Inc.; J.E.R. Overhaul; Shuttlewagon; Dapco Industries; and Nordco Rail Service. Nordco is headquartered in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, with operations in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada; Arcola, Illinois; Grandview, Missouri; Ridgefield, Connecticut; and Blue Springs, Missouri.
Simmons Machine Tool Corporation (smtgroup.com) manufactures machines dedicated to railway wheel set maintenance and production. The company is part of the NSH Group which is comprised of Hegenscheidt in Erkelenz, Germany, Niles-Simmons Industrieanlagen GmbH in Chemnitz, Germany, and NSH-CTI in Nanchang, China. The NSH Group has more than 1,100 employees worldwide and group sales exceeding US$ 380 Million.