DOST develops equipment to make ‘road trains’

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The Department of Science and Technology-Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) introduced on Wednesday new machines for manufacturing operations of the “road trains” to be deployed at EDSA within the year.

Robert Dizon, DOST assistant secretary, said that the prototype road train is still under development but will be launched on November this year.

He added that the first road train will be deployed at EDSA to replace the numerous buses that causes traffic at that highway.

The road train, which is a five-couched train that has capacity up to 60 tons, or 120 passengers, is powered by batteries and spare generators if the batteries run out.
At present, the train is limited to run only up to 20 kilometers an hour because of restraints within MIRDC facilities. But the train is projected to travel up to 45 kilometers an hour.

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Two operating controls are also placed at both ends of the train, which enables the train to be operated both ways, but MIRDC said that they are still in the process of syncing the two controls at both ends.

On the other hand, two machines, namely the computerized numerical control (CNC) plasma cutter and router, were developed for the manufacturing of the road trains.

The CNC plasma cutter is an automatically computer-operated machine using plasma rays to cut any kinds of metal, even producing creative plates, home decors and letters out of metals. The machine can even cut up to one inch thick of any metal or similar material, just by programming the template of the design of the desired product into the computer.

Like the plasma cutter, the CNC router is a computer-operated machine, which is used to automatically carve designs on wood, brass, plastic or any other raw material. Also known as Super Lilok, the router can produce the most basic carved-product within four hours. The machine can also produce images, furniture carvings and decorative home decors.
The cost for the production of the machines has yet to be determined.

Kristyn Nika M. Lazo

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