YOUNGSTOWN - Youngstown-based Brilex Industries and an Italian partner have landed a contract to design and build a massive wheel press for the Washington, D.C., metro rail system, Brilex announced.
BBM Railway Equipment, LLC, a joint venture company between Brilex and BBM of Italy has been awarded a contract to design and build the 500-ton, double-cylinder wheel press that will be used to assemble and disassemble the wheels, bearings and gearboxes from the axles operated in Washington D.C.'s metro rail system.
The project will showcase the latest in rail maintenance technology and includes an automated laser measurement system for quality verification and documentation. The project is in the engineering phase and will be manufactured throughout the summer and early fall, according to a statement released this week by Brilex.
"We are proud to be supplying America's capital city with their rail needs," said BBM Railway Equipment president Nicola Bigolin. "By implementing cutting edge technology from Italy and the experience in the American market of Taylor-Winfield Technologies, we are able to offer state-of-the-art advanced equipment and services manufactured in the U.S. This is an exciting beginning of what's to come for BBM Railway Equipment, USA."
BBM Railway Equipment, LLC, a part of the Brilex Group of Companies, was established in 2011 through a joint venture agreement.
BBM Railway Equipment plans to supply equipment to the North American railway industry.