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Railway couplers
and connections

Railway couplers and connections

    Voith couplers and articulations stand for safe and reliable connections. From the mechanical to the electronic connection of vehicles and train units - with us you will find the optimum solution for your application. Thanks to ideally designed components, you benefit from high safety, maximum driving comfort and low wear, even under extreme conditions.

    One4 coupler head

    The modular head integrated as standard in the Scharfenberg couplers is compatible with existing systems. Thanks to the easily accessible components inside the coupler head, you benefit from much simpler, faster and more cost-effective maintenance.

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    Data transmission system

    Depending on customer requirements, Voith offers data transmission rates of up to 1 GigaBit per second via classic plug connectors or via wear-free, optical transmission methods.

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    Energy absorption components

    In everyday operation, the energy absorption elements dampen coupling shocks and ensure smooth driving characteristics. In exceptional situations, they compensate for large impact energies.

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    1903
    In 1903, Karl Scharfenberg, the father of the automatic central buffer coupler, patented his invention, which is now used successfully worldwide.
    20
    With 20 locations worldwide, we are always at your side, no matter whether you need technology for new vehicles or service.
    2019
    The automatic freight coupler CargoFlex developed by Voith for European rail freight transport goes into regular operation at SBB Cargo in May 2019.
    160000
    Today, more than 160,000 Voith couplers are in operation worldwide (status 2019).

    Product portfolio

      Our couplers and articulations are ideally matched to their application. We offer products for automatic and simultaneous coupling of mechanical, pneumatic and electrical components. We also provide solutions for connecting different coupler types and coupling heights.

      Solutions for light rails and trams

      Scharfenberg Couplers

      Type 330

      • Compact design
      • High rigidity
      • Wide gathering range even without a guiding horn
      • Mounting of the e-coupler at the head possible for versions without guiding horn
      • Strength on compression 800 kN
      • Strength on tension 600kN

      Type 430/530

      • Very compact and lightweight construction
      • As a folding coupler it fits behind front hatches
      • Strength on compression and on tension up to 300kN
      • Particularly suitable for use in light rail vehicles and trams and monorails
      • It can be placed behind the bow flaps as a folding coupler

      Adapter Couplers

      Modular adapter coupler

      • Designed for shunting and towing
      • Used for vehicles with different coupler types or coupling heights
      • Allows for easy combination of different coupler heads

      Albert Couplers

      • Used on vehicles that are coupled infrequently
      • Connection is made by means of locking bolts
      • Folded and locked under the car when uncoupled
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      Solutions for metros

      Scharfenberg Couplers

      Typ 35

      • Particularly used in urban and regional transport
      • Especially well-suited for vehicles without compressed-air systems
      • Strength on compression 1,300 kN
      • Strength on tension 850 kN

      Typ 330

      • Compact design
      • High rigidity
      • Wide gathering range even without a guiding horn
      • Mounting of the e-coupler at the head possible for versions without guiding horn
      • Strength on compression 800 kN
      • Strength on tension 600kN

      Semi-Permanent Couplers

      Semi-permanent coupler with air couplings, electrical coupling, impact absorber and gangway support

      • Permanent and secure connection between wagons
      • Can be equipped with energy-absorbing elements, electric heads and air pipe connections

      Semi-permanent coupler with anti-climbing feature

      • The anti-climbing feature is designed to prevent an overriding of the wagons right from the start
      • No additional space required
      • Energy absorbing components (deformation tubes, hydrostatic dampers) can be integrated

       

      Adapter Couplers

      Modular adapter coupler

      • Designed for shunting and towing
      • Used for vehicles with different coupler types or coupling heights
      • Allows for easy combination of different coupler heads

      Additional Couplers

      Wedgelock coupler

      • Automatic coupling
      • Safe and full coupling even in the event of air failure
      • Simple and compact design

      Tomlinson coupler

      • Automatic coupling
      • Can be equipped with air pipe connections and electric heads as well as energy absorption components
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      Solutions for monorails

      Scharfenberg Couplers

      Type 330

      • Compact design
      • High rigidity
      • Wide gathering range even without a guiding horn
      • Mounting of the e-coupler at the head possible for versions without guiding horn
      • Strength on compression 800 kN
      • Strength on tension 600kN

      Type 430/530

      • Very compact and lightweight construction
      • As a folding coupler it fits behind front hatches
      • Strength on compression and on tension up to 300kN
      • Particularly suitable for use in light rail vehicles and trams and monorails
      • It can be placed behind the bow flaps as a folding coupler

      Semi-Permanent Couplers

      Semi-permanent coupler with air couplings, electrical coupling, impact absorber and gangway support

      • Permanent and secure connection between wagons
      • Can be equipped with energy-absorbing elements, electric heads and air pipe connections
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      Solutions for high-speed trains

      Scharfenberg Couplers

      Type 10

      • Especially high-strength
      • Large gathering range laterally and vertically
      • Included in TSI standards for high-speed trains
      • Strength on compression: 1,500 kN
      • Strength on tension: 1,000 kN

      Inter-wagon connections

      Articulations

      • Connects vehicles equipped with Jacobs bogies
      • Handles loads in both horizontal and vertical load directions
      • The spherical bearing cushions impacts and allows for cardanic movements
      • Energy absorbing elements can be integrated
      • An additional torsion bar suspension between the cars brings about more stability

      Adapter Couplers

      Modular adapter coupler

      • Designed for shunting and towing
      • Used for vehicles with different coupler types or coupling heights
      • Allows for easy combination of different coupler heads
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      Solutions for railcars

      Scharfenberg Couplers

      Type 10

      • Especially high-strength
      • Large gathering range laterally and vertically
      • Included in TSI standards for high-speed trains
      • Strength on compression: 1,500 kN
      • Strength on tension: 1,000 kN

      Typ 35

      • Particularly used in urban and regional transport
      • Especially well-suited for vehicles without compressed-air systems
      • Strength on compression 1,300 kN
      • Strength on tension 850 kN

      Inter-wagon connections

      Articulations

      • Connects vehicles equipped with Jacobs bogies
      • Handles loads in both horizontal and vertical load directions
      • The spherical bearing cushions impacts and allows for cardanic movements
      • Energy absorbing elements can be integrated
      • An additional torsion bar suspension between the cars brings about more stability

      Adapter Couplers

      Modular adapter coupler

      • Designed for shunting and towing
      • Used for vehicles with different coupler types or coupling heights
      • Allows for easy combination of different coupler heads

      Additional Couplers

      SA3 Coupler with Energy Absorption

      • Very robust design
      • Designed for heavy load applications
      • Modular coupler head
      • Combination with energy absorption systems possible
      • Air pipe connections possible
      • Integrated mixed coupler device possible
      • Automation features can be integrated

      AAR couplers

      • Transmits large mechanical forces
      • Greater operational safety with energy-absorbing system

      Type GF

       
      • Can be provided with air pipe connections and electric heads
      • Strength on compression 1,500 kN
      • Strength on tension 1,000 kN
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      Solutions for locomotives

      SA3 Coupler with Energy Absorption

      • Very robust design
      • Designed for heavy load applications
      • Modular coupler head
      • Combination with energy absorption systems possible
      • Air pipe connections possible
      • Integrated mixed coupler device possible
      • Automation features can be integrated

      AAR couplers

      • Transmits large mechanical forces
      • Greater operational safety with energy-absorbing system

      Type 55

      • Designed for shunting applications
      • Automatic coupling
      • Perfectly adapted for high loads and rough enviroments
      • Automatic train composition helps increase occupational safety
      • Easy to service; minimal maintenance required

      Voith CargoFlex Hybrid

      • Interface for locomotives
      • Based on the type 10 Scharfenberg coupler head
      • Automatic coupling and uncoupling
      • Mainline-compatible
      • Can be used with both automatic and screw couplers
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      Solutions for special purpose vehicles

      Type 55

      • Designed for shunting applications
      • Automatic coupling
      • Perfectly adapted for high loads and rough enviroments
      • Automatic train composition helps increase occupational safety
      • Easy to service; minimal maintenance required

      Type 140

      • Proven in the industrial sector
      • Specifically designed for high loads and rough environments
      • Flexible and reliable
      • Enables safe shunting and automatic train formation
      • Easy to service
      • Requires minimal maintenance

      Solutions for freight wagons

      Voith CargoFlex Type Scharfenberg

      • Automatic coupler for freight trains
      • Based on the type 10 Scharfenberg coupler head
      • Durability due to robust design
      • Lightweight design (same weight as buffer/drawhook combination)
      • Developed for an optimal winter operation (without a heater)
      • Increased occupational safety
      • Time and cost efficient operation due to automation
      • UIC interface allows for easy mounting
      • Basis for a further automation of freight services

      SA3 Coupler with Energy Absorption

      • Very robust design
      • Designed for heavy load applications
      • Modular coupler head
      • Combination with energy absorption systems possible
      • Air pipe connections possible
      • Integrated mixed coupler device possible
      • Automation features can be integrated

      AAR couplers

      • Transmits large mechanical forces
      • Greater operational safety with energy-absorbing system

      You want all components from one single source? Our functional front systems are comprehensive solutions for maximum safety.

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      Service

        Voith service for railway couplers stands for quality and short downtime. Our service specialists give everything to extend the lifetime of your couplers and to get your vehicle back on track.

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