Technology update: Rail lubrication and friction modifiers

Companies that produce track lubricants and friction modifiers tell us that they continue to develop new products and systems (and refine existing ones) designed to help railroads reduce lateral forces, and wheel flange and rail wear. The aim: to help roads extend rail and wheel life, and in some instances, cut fuel consumption. In late 2016, we contacted a cross-section of technology providers to see what they're offering these days on the rail lubrication and friction management/modifier fronts. In our January issue, we published responses from seven suppliers: Klüber Lubrication, L.B. Foster Co., Loram Maintenance of Way Inc., MPL Innovations Inc., Railmark Holdings/Railmark Track Works Inc., SKF/Lincoln and Whitmore Rail. Click here for a sampling of what they shared with us.

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