Simmons Machine Tool Corporation has transitioned the Stanray® TN-84C Underfloor Wheel Truing Machine's control system to a Siemens Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). The transition provides a consistent brand of control components across the Simmons and NSH Group railway wheel set maintenance product lines. It also decreases the reliance on obsolete systems, making the new control system easier to support.
Stanray operators access the control system through a large computer touch screen that can be operated with or without gloves. It utilizes a graphic user interface with railway terminology that is familiar to the operator. The new control system provides an increased amount of automation while still allowing for manual machine operation. It also stores vehicle, truck, and axle data for re-profiled wheel sets, as well as error and interlock messages, settings modified by the operator, and spindle and hydraulic pump run times to facilitate machine diagnostics.
Contact Simmons today to discuss options for modernizing your Stanray Underfloor Wheel Truing Machine's control system.