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SCAMP® railcar indexer

SCAMP® railcar indexer

Reversible low-profile railcar positioners

Cost effective railcar mover – single operator controlled

  • Excels in scale and precision positioning applications
  • Automated SCAMP indexes one car length, then auto acquires next car
  • Eliminates manual labor
  • No wire rope on the cylinder operated version
  • Rope can be completely guarded on wire rope version
  • Rechargeable battery operated (BATT SCAMP) version available

  • Reversible, ± 25 mm (± 1”) spotting accuracy
  • Highly automated
  • Mounts between rails, low profile installation
  • Pusher dogs capture axle - maintains positive control in both forward & reverse directions 
  • Two versions available
    •    Hydraulic cylinder configuration:  Travel 16 m (52 ft.) up to 36 m (117 ft.)
    •    Wire rope configuration:  Travel up to 61 m (200 ft.)
  • Pushing force:  8,164 – 27,215 kilogram-force (18,000 – 60,000 pound-force.)
  • Can handle to 10 - 50 cars (straight/level track)
Reversible hydraulic indexers
Process overview

Reversible hydraulic indexers can be used in two-directional applications, for up to 27,215 kilogram-force (60,000 pound-force), or applications requiring spotting accuracy of 25 mm (+/- 1”).  SCAMPs are usually arranged to index a string of cars one length at a time.  Units can be arranged to traverse scale platforms or to be integrated into railcar dumper platforms. Recommended for dumping up to 20 cars per hour. 

HMI User Interface Control

  • SCAMP acquires the desired axle on a string of cars.  
  • Car is indexed through the receiving or loading position.
  • Operator presses an auto acquire button on the HMI station; the carriage disengages from the first axle and automatically locates the corresponding axle of the next car. 
  • The SCAMP locks onto the axle and repeats the process. 
  • The entire indexing and acquisition sequence can be automated, depending upon the application. 

  • Ports and terminals
  • Steel works
  • Electric power stations
  • Petrochemical
  • Pulp & paper
  • Feed and grain
  • Fertilizers (phosphate, potash and urea)
  • Quarry and aggregate plants
  • Minerals processing plants
  • Anywhere railcars are handled for rail transport
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