Vienna – Getzner’s Embedded Rail system for reducing the noise and vibration of from trams and trains in urban areas has been shortlisted for a National Innovation Award in Austria.
Vorarlberg-based Getzner devised and designed the Embedded Rail System as a vibration-isolating system, which embeds tracks within an elastic closed cell polyurethane material minimising noise and vibration at the source.
Getzner CEO Jurgen Rainalter said: “This resilient system for rail consists of our self-developed, long-lasting material Sylodyn. It can be adapted to different circumstances and protects the track and the street alike - which in turn saves the operator a range quite a bit of maintenance costs.
“For passengers, the installation of the system improves ride comfort, because its is quiet. People who live close to the track benefit from less vibration and noise.”
The panel of judges noted how the solution “indirectly promotes the acceptance of public transport in society.”
A statement from the panel said: “The innovation dampens borne noise and the vibrations of the chassis which will increase the durability of the rail line and reduce the load on the chassis, protecting its spring elements.”
Harald Loy, co-developer of the rail system, said: "This nomination is a nice confirmation of our commitment and innovation. This success not only increases our motivation immensely, it also shows us that we are on the right track. "