Vale, the Brazilian multinational mining corporation, has selected Miner Enterprises, Inc. to supply AggreGate® ballast systems on ballast hoppers built by Brazilian railcar manufacturer Amsted-Maxion Fundacao e Equipamentos Ferroviarios Ltda.
The air-powered AggreGate® ballast discharge system on each of Vale’s new cars have the capability, through dual cylinder technology, to independently unload on the inside and outside of the rail using remote control. Miner says the large door openings allow for faster discharge, and the guillotine gate doors open and close immediately at bridges and crossings—shearing through solid rock with the touch of a button. Additionally, the remote control will allow the operator to safely select individual cars and specific gates from a distance for accurate and highly efficient ballasting.
Vale's cars are the first that Amsted-Maxion is building with the AggreGate® unloading system; Miner will be sending a technical support team to Brazil to assist with installation and deployment in the field.
“The state-of-the-art air-powered dual cylinder AggreGate® system was specified for this order, demonstrating Miner’s international reach and reputation for high-quality freight car components around the world,” said Miner Director of International Sales Bill O’Donnell. “The rail industry has truly become global. Our customers could be in Nebraska or Brazil and their needs are exactly the same: They are looking for total engineering—top to bottom—solutions and products that meet their needs.”