To track or pack the ballast under railway tracks or to make the tracks more reliable and durable, a tamping machine is used. A tamping machine or a ballast tamper is a machine used in construction and maintainence of a railway track. Tamping machine are highly use for concrete sleepers since they are too heavy too lift (usually over 250 kg (551 lb)) into the ballast by hand.
The worldwide Tamping Machine market is expected to grow at a CAGR of roughly 8.3% over the next five years, will reach 3400 million US$ in 2023, from 2110 million US$ in 2017.
The key players in the tamping machine industry are Plasser & Theurer, CRCC, Matisa Robel, Harsco Rail, Remputmash Group, Sorema, SCHWEERBAU and Germac Engineering Machinery.
Cutting human labor cost to drive the Tamping Machine market
Earlier the tracking or packing was done by human labour with the help of beater which required to carry out a number of activities, consuming a lot of time ad money. Tamping machine has made this task easier, faster, more reliable, feasible and requiring less manpower.
Highly advanced machines are used to keep the alignment of the rails in order to maintain them parallel and level, to have a more comfortable ride to passengers as well as freight and to decline the mechanical strain caused by passing trains on rails. Whereas early machines used only for lifting the track and pack the ballast.
Quality maintainence demanding high cost
Having a number of uses it has some drawbacks such as, tamper requires high quality maintainence which is difficult to achieve, because of the high cost barriers, extreme knowledge of technology is required and high man power needed for intensive supervision, transportation of such heavy and enormous machines is difficult, it cannot be used on newly screened track, high skilled labour required for daily maintainence or look after, and it uses special size stone chipping which is not easily available in the Tamping Machine market.
The future of the tamping machine looks promising considering the customer needs. There’s a huge scope for the machines to grow, with the customize needs of the customers. Moreover, a number of companies are moving towards direct sales to customers which will cut the cost of sales.