Plasser & Theurer has had a symbiotic relationship with the rail for 70 years. As a family-run company, it is driven by the desire to achieve sustainable, long-term success alongside the railway.

In the early 1950s, Plasser & Theurer recognized that the mechanization of track work would be a decisive factor in the development of the railway system. With the invention of hydraulic tamping machines, the company developed a tamping technology that was able to withstand the enormous loads of the railway infrastructure in the long term. Numerous innovations from Plasser & Theurer are now standard in track maintenance; in the field of tamping technology alone, the company holds 936 patents, totalling 2,500 active patents.

Plasser & Theurer supplies infrastructure managers and track maintenance companies in 110 countries and has manufactured 17,800 track maintenance machines since 1953. The largest sales markets include Germany, the USA, India, the UK, and Japan. The company has around 2,200 employees in Austria and around 6,000 employees worldwide. The export ratio is 93%.

Today, Plasser & Theurer is emphasizing its aim to provide decisive support in future-proofing the railway system through digitalization and greening of the infrastructure. To compensate for the shortage of skilled labour in track maintenance, the use of AI is particularly important. Intelligent tamping machines work with a virtual AI pro on board. Its name: Plasser Tamping Assistant. It creates recommendations for action that only need to be confirmed prior to execution. The working units position themselves automatically to secure the track in the perfect position. The digital assistant makes operation less complex, increases working speed, and ensures consistently high quality. The system continues to learn every time it is used and supports both newcomers and experienced track maintenance professionals.​

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