In a recent article in Railway Age magazine, Amsted Rail Director of Engineering John Deppen discusses the ongoing process of innovation and development of damage prevention technology, including our Endurance 325™ draft gear and active-draft cushioning.
In the article, which you can read in full here, Deppen observes that new approaches can be applied to longtime issues inherent in railcar movements.
"There's always been the challenge of protectiong the lading from yard impacts," Deppen says. "Rolled paper has different requirements than bulkhead flats, and so on. Unfortunately, because of AAR rules, it's often a one-size-fits-most mentality. Using various testing regimes and our proprietary computer simulations help to identify those overlaps and design accordingly."