Article By Peter Bartek President, Focused Technology Solutions a Marmon/Berkshire Hathaway Company
The new dual-use, battery-operated tools are a first of its kind alternative, bringing significant advances in green technology, ergonomics, work quality, and savings.
With the world focused on reducing carbon emissions and slowing down climate change, the advancement of battery-operated technology has become exponentially more important than ever. Focused Technology Solutions, Inc. is leading the railway industry to eliminate hydraulics and other traditional gas-powered equipment.
“It’s time, and our patented dual-use, battery-operated tools are leading the way,” Peter Bartek, president of Focused Technology Solutions, said.
The Benefits of Battery-Powered Technology
The replacement of hydraulics and gas-powered tools with Focused Technology’s battery-powered platform opens up new opportunities with tangible improvements for the track worker and the environment, especially for production and emergency response.
Focused Technology Solutions’ battery-operated tools are lightweight, quiet, produce zero emissions, and are great for any working environment, including places with minimal space and work situations where time is of the essence with freight operation.
Unlike hydraulic hoses, fuel, and generators, there is no longer a need for an extensive setup process, saving crews hundreds of hours and increasing their productivity.
There is no more exposure to fumes or the associated health hazards and costs of hydraulics. Track maintenance becomes faster and more efficient with considerably less effort required per worksite and greater employee satisfaction.
So what essential experiences are the railways getting by eliminating hydraulics and traditional gas-powered tools and switching to Focused Technology Solutions’ battery-operated tools?
Well, just about everything, according to Bartek.
“A cleaner environment, ease of use, portability, a one-person operation, saved time, and immediate usage, to name a few examples.”
The question of cost – why battery technology pays off
For railways worldwide, the total value of ownership (TVO) price, service life, and maintenance are crucial. The TVO of battery-powered tools always beats hydraulics and gas-powered engine tools.
The time spent in gas-powered and hydraulic tools such as filling up fuel, oil changes, and hydraulic disposal, repair, including storage, can now be a thing of the past.
An additional benefit is the cost savings of Focused Technology Solutions’ battery-operated tools.
They are always ready to be used on-site immediately, at full speed and performance— no more of those cold-start attempts in cold weather that hydraulic tools are susceptible to. These devices quickly increase work production per shift.
With Focused Technology dual-use design and simple solutions, our DrillEase (tie drill), SpikeEase (spike puller), LagEase (lag inserter/remover), EclipEase (e-clip inserter/remover), and SpikeForce (spike driver) deliver better productivity results in a shorter time.
BATTERY-BASED ELECTRIC TOOLS
Battery Based Electric Tools are an environmentally friendly alternative bringing significant advances in ergonomics, work quality and savings.
With the United States rejoining the Paris Agreement, reducing carbon emissions and slowing down climate change have become ex- potentially more important than ever.
Therefore, 2021 and 2022 will be when significant elimination of hydraulics and other traditional gas-powered engines on the tracks will take place. It’s time, and the unique dual-use battery-operated tool platform manufactured by Focused Technology Solutions leads the way.
So what essential experiences are the Class I’s getting by changing over to Focused Technology
Solutions’ battery-operated and eliminating hydraulics and traditional gas-powered tools? Well, just about everything—a cleaner environment, ease of use, portability, a one-person operation, saved time and immediate usage, just to name a few.
The time spent setting up and preparing gas-powered and hydraulic tools via activities such as filling up fueling, oil changes, hydraulic dis- posal, repair–and even the resources necessary for storage– can now be a thing of the past.
An additional benefit is the cost savings of Focused’s battery-operated tools. These revolutionary products are always ready to be used on-site immediately, at full speed and performance—no more cold start attempts in cold weather.
These devices quickly increase work production per shift. With Focused Technology’s unique dual-use design and simple solutions, our DrillEase (tie drill), SpikeEase (spike puller), LagEase (lag inserter/remover), EclipEase (e- clip inserter/remover) and SpikeForce (spike driver) deliver a cleaner and better work result in a much shorter time.