Podcast – RailRider® Options


One of the many ways you can increase efficiency and reduce cost in your truss plant is by upgrading your equipment. Upgrading and replacing obsolete equipment can allow you to operate with fewer personnel and with less floor space while still meeting your customers’ needs. MiTek offers multiple options on many different machines, so you can upgrade and customize your equipment to meet your specific needs. One of the machines that has many options is the RailRider® Pro floor truss press.


The RailRider Pro is one of the most efficient trackless floor truss roller press systems on the market. This machine offers top production and reliable performance, while using a patented trackless design to eliminate the trip hazard created by floor rails. The RailRider Pro provides easy access to the jigging surface and unmatched performance.


All RailRider Pro machines feature at least 42 feet of jigging space and come equipped with gantry head parking areas on each end. Pneumatic jigging automatically adjusts to the depth of the truss. The gantry features soft-start cushions to prolong the life of the machine, and the pneumatic controls are conveniently located on pedestals or can be placed on the plate rack above the press.


Many options are available to customize your RailRider Pro so it can meet your exact production needs. By choosing the options that are appropriate for your needs, you can create a unique machine that will maximize the efficiency of your floor truss operation.


On the infeed side of your table, you can choose between pop-up ejectors, flippers, or clamps only.  Any of these features can be paired with on-table splicing. On the outfeed side, you can choose from pop-up ejectors, end-eject or side-eject systems, or clamps only.


The pop-up ejector features a simple, yet robust design that lifts the edge of the truss 2-3/4 inches above the table top. The assembly mounts under the table and is easy to field retrofit because it utilizes existing clamp slots. Ejectors are a low-cost option that increases safety by keeping operators from smashing their fingers while removing trusses from the machine. These ejectors will also increase your efficiency by speeding production.
Gain even more efficiency by adding flippers on the infeed side of your table. The flipper also boasts a robust design that lifts and flips the truss. The jigging surface is not interrupted by the flipper, so you can press connector plates directly over the flipper. A flow control adjusts the up and down motion timing of the flipper, and a shut-off valve is located at each flipper assembly. Simply having a flipper makes a worker’s job better ergonomically. The design of the flipper diminishes worker fatigue and reduces occurrence of repetitive motion injuries. Flippers also reduce labor needs, since only one operator is required to flip the truss.


The end-eject rollers on the outfeeld lift the truss 3/4 to 1 inch above the table top with a 2-1/2 inch diameter roller. The completed truss is then easily moved to the end of the table. The rollers bolt under the table and are easy to maintain. Only one operator is required to eject the truss, which can be slid under the gantry head when the parking stand is raised. This option is ideal when floor space is an issue, and enables ejecting a truss directly to a Floor Truss Stacker.
The side-eject option lifts the truss up and over the outfeed-side camber tube. A shut-off valve is located at each ejector. The ejectors bolt on beneath the table and are easy to maintain. The ejectors position the truss waist high, easing truss removal and reducing worker fatigue. This ejector option is ideal for dual zone systems, allowing independent ejecting from each zone. The finished truss is positioned so that it can be easily offloaded to a Floor Truss Stacker, a Stand-Alone Conveyor system, or a stacking area.


On-table splicing is available on the infeed side of the table. This convenient option eliminates the need for an operator dedicated to splicing. Just-in-time operation allows splicing of both chords.


Another efficiency-adding option is an overhead plate rack where you can store the connector plates. It frees up floor space by using the space directly above the press, and it reduces the time spent turning around and reaching for plates. Adding the overhead plate rack also gives you the option of mounting the table controls on the plate rack instead of a pedestal.


As you can see, many alternatives are available to you so you can customize your RailRider Pro and maximize your plant’s production while also eliminating safety hazards and even the need for some personnel. Contact your MiTek Machinery Sales Representative today for more details on getting your new, customized RailRider Pro with these exciting options.


 This page last modified on 7/21/2008