Compressed air is used in railway and rail transport, for example, for opening and closing doors or the braking system. Safety and reliability are therefore the most important criteria for compressed air systems in this area. Because the systems are used outdoors, they are exposed to fluctuating temperatures. The compressors must be able to withstand temperatures ranging from +40° in summer to -20° in winter without any problems. And because of the small space required in a train or other vehicle, the compressors must be compact and space-saving. ALMiG has already implemented a large number of projects for these high requirements and developed individual solutions for well-known customers.
We offer replacement solutions for all well-known brands for the modernisation of the compressed air supply.
We develop and produce our compressors and compressed air components strictly according to your specifications and our requirements in all performance classes and for all applications.
We offer: Repair, maintenance, repair, spare parts, training, consulting, 24/7 worldwide availability.
From compressors to air dryers and all accessories - ALMiG develops, produces and distributes all main components for the air supply system in vehicles:
- Screw compressors and piston compressors
- Oil-free compressors
- Modular, weight-optimised and reliable subsystems
- Low life cycle costs
- Low noise and vibration
- Quality "Made in Germany
- Single and dual chamber systems for dry and clean air
- Safety and performance of all downstream systems
- Fail-safe even at extreme temperatures
- Customised design and integration
- Maintenance-friendly and energy-efficient
- Encapsulated and sound-insulated systems for underfloor installation
- Filtration systems
- Fire detectors and extinguishing systems
- Pressure switch
- Condensate collectors
- Safety valves
The new three-car MX 3000 series has been in service in Oslo since 2005. The metro vehicles are exposed to a harsh climate. They have to withstand temperatures of up to -25 degrees Celsius and were extensively tested for this in the climatic wind tunnel. All vehicles are equipped with ALMiG compressors and compressed air treatment.
Since 2011, new metro cars from a consortium of Siemens and Newag have gone into service in Warsaw. These are six-car trains of the INSPIRO series, which are used on lines 1 and 2. All vehicles are equipped with ALMiG compressors and air treatment.
ALSTOM supplied more than 50 six- and seven-car underground trains for the Caracas metro. In a modernisation project in 2012, the operator installed efficient ALMiG screw compressors to replace the piston compressors previously used by a major brake system manufacturer. The ALMiG compressors easily cope with the extreme climatic conditions and high temperatures in the tunnel systems.
Road-rail vehicles can travel both on the road and on tracks. Vehicles of this type are mostly construction machines, maintenance vehicles or vehicles for shunting services. ALMiG works successfully with several well-known manufacturers in this field and has a wide variety of compressors in use worldwide. In particular, flexible drive concepts are used on the compressor, such as the ALMiG hydraulic drive.
The SBB electric shunting locomotives from the Ee 922 and Eem 923 series for light delivery and shunting services are in use in Switzerland. The main features of the locomotives are their good eco-balance and low operating costs. Among other things, the use of the energy-efficient and maintenance-friendly ALMiG screw compressor with air treatment contributes to this.
The Vectron locomotive is freely configurable for many uses and was launched by Siemens as the successor to the successful EURO Sprinter series. ALMiG develops and produces compressors for the brake air for this.
The locomotive type ER24PC of the Eurorunner series is a vehicle built by Siemens for use in the Middle East. Here, the compressors are installed inside the locomotive in the engine room. The use in the region demands a high degree of reliability, especially under the climatic conditions prevailing there.
At ALMiG, the quality of the products has a high priority. State-of-the-art manufacturing technologies, highly developed testing technology and a comprehensive quality management system enable us to ensure and constantly improve our reliability.
As a manufacturer of air treatment systems, we produce system components that must work reliably to ensure vehicle safety, which is why quality plays a central role in ALMiG's corporate philosophy.
For railway technology suppliers, the IRIS quality standard is becoming increasingly important, as the major manufacturers are increasingly requiring this certification for A-suppliers. ALMiG has been IRIS-certified for years and therefore meets the most stringent quality requirements of the railway industry, which go far beyond the normal standards. The IRIS standards are recognised by all major railway manufacturers.
In the ALMiG FEM analysis, the load cases are simulated for all frame constructions of the railway compressors and a detailed FEM model is calculated. The static load cases were specified according to DIN 12663 for passenger vehicles of category III (underground and suburban railway vehicles).
Vibration test / vibration and shock test
In the vibration and shock test (shaking test), the life cycle of the air generation unit is simulated. This is done under extreme conditions in specially designed test centres to simulate the use of the systems for far more than 30 years. Here, the theoretically determined values from the FEM calculation are again confirmed in practice. The design is carried out in accordance with DIN EN 61373.
In specially designed climatic chambers, our compressors and systems are tested for suitability even under extreme climatic conditions. The climatic test serves as practical proof of the general behaviour of the system at temperatures ranging from -50°C to +70°C. Special emphasis is placed on minimising the effects of temperature on the overall system and ensuring functional safety during operation.
To simulate winter operation, ALMiG products are subjected to a snow simulation in the wind tunnel. Snow particles with the expected particle retention time in the underbody area are simulated, for example, when driving forward at normal speed on an open road with wind and snow falling from the front. The amount of snow introduced corresponds to a snow height of more than 30 cm/hour.
Salt spray test for corrosion testing
In order to test the high-quality coatings on our products, the units are subjected to a salt spray test. Here, the compressor is extensively tested for a test duration of 6 hours to well over 1000 hours, depending on the customer's specifications, in order to prove a long service life of the components even under extreme, corrosion-promoting atmospheric conditions.
RAMS / LCC
ALMiG products are developed with a special focus on reliability, availability, maintainability and safety. We also prove this daily to our customers worldwide. Detailed information is provided to our customers in order to meet all RAMS requirements. In this context, special attention is paid to minimising life cycle costs as early as the tendering phase.