AUSTRIAN track maintenance machine manufacturer Plasser & Theurer registered a total of 31 patents with the Austrian Patent Office in 2023.

The family-owned business has registered over 10,000 patents since 1953, one-quarter of which are still valid, and says it is “focused on innovation.”

According to the Austrian Patent Office’s recently-published annual report, Plasser & Theurer ranked third in the number of patents registered during 2023. A total of 2242 inventions were registered last year.

The patents registered in 2023 relate to a variety of track maintenance fields, including:

•          Tamping units

•          Levelling and lining measuring systems

•          Lifting and lining units

•          Ballast regulating machines

•          Track motor vehicles

•          Track inspection vehicles and systems

•          Propulsion systems

•          Superstructure elements

Plasser & Theurer says that the number of patents it has registered shows that the company is striving to support the railway sector with innovations and make it future-proof, even in challenging times.

The company recently confirmed that all of its new track maintenance machines are compatible with hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) 100 biofuel.

Last year Plasser & Theurer unveiled a non-contact turnout measuring system that records all necessary parameters during a short pass over the main and diverging tracks, reducing turnout inspection times to as little as 4 minutes.