Save 1/3 to 1/2 in personnel costs
Are you currently using an additional crew member on your CX Hammer spike drivers to feed spike trays? With the Auto Spike Feeder (ASF) option, you no longer need to schedule that extra person, reducing your spiker crew size on tie gangs by one third and your crew size on rail gangs by one half.
When you consider the average pay and benefits for a crew member, the savings in personnel costs mean the ASF can pay for itself in approximately 18 months.
Reduce distractions and increase efficiency
If your operators are currently feeding the spike trays themselves, the ASF reduces the distractions that arise from retriving and loading spikes during machine operation.
Fewer distractions = fewer accidents.
In addition, since operators no longer have to juggle loading and spiking activities, they can focus soley on spike-drivnig tasks - increasing both efficiency and productivity levels.
Meets industry production needs
The ASF is designed to meet all normal production spiking rates expected by the railroad industry.
Includes Cluster Buster feature
The ASF automatically includes a second spike pusher - the Cluster Buster - in the bulk loader for additional spike movement into the singulator portion of the spike feeding operations.
Automatic really means automatic
Just press one button to start the entire auto spike feeder process, including the bin vibrator, singulator, conveyor belts, and orienters. When you turn the CX Hammer's ignition switch off, the ASF automatically shuts off too.
The ASF not only uses readily available parts, such as standard hydraulic cylinders, but also offers easy access to all components - making it easy to maintain.
No bulk loader interference
Continue to load spikes into the bulk loader using your current preferred method. The ASF equipment does not interfere with loading operations or require any special procedures.