VIDEOS


  • MINER AGGREGATE® BALLAST DISCHARGE GATES

    An overview of the full line of Miner AggreGate ballast discharge gates, for maintenance of way railcar fleets, suitable for retrofit and new car builds.

    Outlet Gates

  • Interactive 3D Miner Product Showcase

    An innovative new 3D product showcase is now live on the Miner website. The interactive platform gives railroads, railcar builders, fleet operators and shippers a "hands-on" way to explore how Miner products improve railcar performance, safety and value. Utilizing 3D digital models of 8 types of railcars, the Miner Product Showcase https://www.minerent.com/products/interactive/ enables users to select a specific car type and learn more about the Miner products available for that particular car.

  • Mounting Flange Flatness

    This short MINER TECH TALK video underscores the importance of flange flatness when it comes to mounting Miner AutoLOK II outlet gates to railcars.

    Miner TechTalk

  • SHELF-LIFE – CONSTANT CONTACT SIDE BEARINGS

    MINER TECH TALK Question: Is there a shelf life for Miner constant contact side bearings stored on the shelf, in inventory? The short answer: Yes, there is a 5-year shelf life for the TecsPak pads within side bearings that are stored on shelves. To learn how to locate and check manufacturing date stamps, watch the short video below. For additional information: https://www.minerent.com/field_guide/pad-info.html

    Miner TechTalk

  • HOW TO TEST SEALS ON MINER HATCH COVERS

    While applying a hatch cover to a railcar, how do you test for hatch cover gasket compression, and why is this important? The AAR Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices, Section C, S-2037 3.3.1, calls for a Gasket Compression requirement commonly called a Dollar Bill test. A slip of paper roughly the size of a dollar bill is placed along the combing and the hatch cover is closed and the batton bars are secured. The paper must have resistance when being pulled outward. This resistance shows compression of the gasket that seals the hatch covers, protecting the commodity. Learn more »

    Miner TechTalk

  • CCSB SERIES #1 – PREVENTING TRUCK HUNTING

    Truck hunting is a speed based phenomena that happens when the wheels "hunt" to find their rolling center on the rails. Typically at higher speeds, the wheels over steer themselves making it hard to stabilize. Miner CCSBs combine the robust preload of a TecsPak spring with a tight gap between the top cap and housing to create a frictional turning resistance to dampen truck hunting.
    Miner's online field guide provides guidance on how to inspect side bearings to ensure optimal performance.

    Miner TechTalk

  • CCSB SERIES #2 – DAMPEN CAR BODY ROLL

    Miner's patented TecsPak® material not only provides a robust preload over time but is extremely efficient at absorbing energy when compressed. This energy absorption is activated when the rail car is negotiating track irregularities that cause the car body to rock and roll. During each vertical closure of the side bearing, the TecsPak spring works to cushion the energy transmitted to the rail car and commodity.
    Miner's online field guide provides guidance on how to inspect side bearings to ensure optimal performance.

    Miner TechTalk

  • CCSB SERIES #3 – IMPROVE CURVE NEGOTIATION

    The AAR mandated Long Travel side bearings be applied to all new cars starting in 2002. The benefits of long travel side bearings were proven out on the test tracks at TTCI. Long Travel refers to the vertical distance between the top cap and housing, which is nominally 5/8''. Providing double the clearance to Standard Travel side bearings, 5/16'', Long Travel side bearing allow the truck to enter and exit curves more reliably and safely. The key to long travel is installing the side bearing at the correct Setup Height.
    Miner's online field guide provides guidance on how to install side bearings to ensure optimal performance.

    Miner TechTalk

  • DRAFT GEAR POCKET INSPECTION

    This latest Miner TECH TALK video covers basic steps for properly inspecting draft gear pockets in railcars. Take a look, then learn more at Draft Gear Overview »

    Miner TechTalk

  • IDENTIFYING & ORDERING PARTS FOR MINER GATES

    Here's a quick Miner TECH TALK video showing how to identify Miner outlet gates in the field, then find and order the right parts for each model off the Miner website.

    Miner TechTalk

  • HOW TO ID GRATING AND RUNNING BOARDS

    Learn how to identify and initiate an order for Miner Grating Systems and Running Boards for railcars, in this latest MINER TECH TALK video.

    Miner TechTalk

  • OPERATING AUTO TYPE G DOOR MECHANISMS

    Two methods activate the system: the electric touch pad, and the buttons on the valves. Both require the system to have AT LEAST 70 psi air pressure to operate properly. To open the doors, hold the electrical leads firmly against the pad for two (2) full seconds to ensure the charge activates the system. To close the doors, simply reverse the polarity of the leads on the touch pad.

    Miner TechTalk

  • How to operate Miner's SaniLOK Gravity Pneumatic Outlet Gate

    Miner's SaniLOK Gravity Pneumatic Outlet Gate has been designed to better discharge dry bulk for both gravity and vacuum unloading. With a wide-variety of gate models available, versatility in dry bulk materials, and simple operation, it’s no wonder SaniLOK has become preferred by many major shippers. Simple to operate. Reliable performance. Proven Design.

    Outlet Gates

  • DuraShield Hatch Cover Packaging

    This Miner TECH TALK covers the proper method for removing the packaging material from a Miner DuraShield™ Hatch Cover stack. It should be rather easy to remove the packaging, following the steps in this video. Other than a box cutter and maybe a crowbar, no other specialty tools are required.

    Miner TechTalk

  • Miner Double Groove Pneumatic Gate for Plastics

    Miner's Double Groove pneumatic gate continues to be a simple, reliable, and proven solution for securely shipping plastics or similar commodities. One handle is all it takes to operate the Miner Double Groove. Easily move positions from closed to sample, unload or cleanout. Simple to operate. Reliable performance. Proven Design.

    Outlet Gates

  • Brake Beam Basics

    How do you determine if the Miner brake beam is a #18 or #24 beam? How do I determine if the Miner brake beam is right-handed or left handed? Both questions are illustrated and answered, in this short 1-minute tutorial.

    Miner TechTalk

  • How Does A Draft Gear Absorb Railcar Energy?

    The draft gear’s job is to manage the forces by absorbing and cushioning the energy associated with pushing, pulling, starting, stopping, and coupling rail cars. The TF-880 Draft Gear is the most widely specified draft gear in the industry, with a 35-year track record and over 1.4 million gears in service.

    Draft Gears

  • Miner's AutoLOK™ II Outlet Gate for Railcars

    Miner’s heavy-duty outlets are simple to operate and offer reliable, trouble-free discharging of commodities such as grain, sugar, dry bulk chemicals, sand, cement, and other commodities.

    Outlet Gates

  • TecsPak® Springs

    TecsPak technology continues to innovate, and lies at the heart of Miner’s industry-leading TF-880TM draft gear, our constant contact side bearings, and in buffers and drawgear springs worldwide.

    TecsPak® Springs

  • Miner Enterprises at a glance

    Perfecting Railcar Performance

  • MEASURING THE SET-UP of MINER'S CONSTANT CONTACT SIDE BEARINGS

    Properly measuring the set up height for a Miner constant contact side bearing is vital. Depending on the model, the setup height at installation should be 5 1/16" +/- 1/16". For block style side bearings (typically low profile), the setup height is 5/8" +/- 1/16". This video will show the proper way to measure this value.

    Miner TechTalk

  • PROPER SIDE BEARING LUBRICATION FOR NEW CARS

    How much grease should be applied to a Miner constant contact side bearing for break-in on a new car, and why is it needed? The short answer is a quarter (1/4) of a teaspoon, for new cars only. This video will help explain why.

    Miner TechTalk

  • Draft Gear Inspection and Maintenance
  • How to Inspect, Adjust and Install Miner Constant Contact Side Bearings for Railcars

    Miner TecsPak Constant Contact Side Bearings help minimize railcar life cycle costs by providing exceptional, proven control over a variety of railcar truck conditions. Proper setup height measurement is key to proper side bearing performance.

    Constant Contact Side Bearings

  • Miner TF-880 Draft Gear Milestone

    Miner One Millionth TF 880 Draft Gear

    Draft Gear

  • How to "Re-Time" AutoLOK™ II Outlet Gates

    One of the most common operational issues with bottom discharge outlet gates is abuse during unloading. Especially the misuse of high torque opening tools that lead to an issue called "gate timing." This 2:22 min. video covers the gist of this problem, and how to fix it.

    Miner TechTalk

  • Freight Railcar Curve Negotiation

    How does side bearing control truck hunting. Watch how Miner TecsPak Constant Contact side bearings help railcars negotiate curves.

    Constant Contact Side Bearings

  • Better Railcar Cleanout from Unloading Sugar

    With our close collaboration with Domino Sugar, Miner has improved upon their industry standard SaniLOK pneumatic outlet gate.

    Outlet Gates

  • Freight Railcar Rock and Roll - Constant Contact Side Bearings

    Watch how Miner constant contact side bearings protect railcars from rock and roll.

    Constant Contact Side Bearings

  • How Draft Gears Absorb Railcar Energy

    How does a draft gear absorb railcar energy and protect the railcar structure? The draft gear's job is to manage the energy associated with pushing, pulling, starting, stopping, and coupling rail cars. Learn a bit about the basics surrounding how Miner draft gears actually do this.

    Miner TechTalk

  • Freight Railcar Truck Hunting - Constant Contact Side Bearings

    Watch how Miner constant contact side bearings help control truck hunting.

    Constant Contact Side Bearings

  • Miner VersaFlow for Dry Bulk Commodities

    The fully automated VersaFlow™ Rapid Discharge system for covered hoppers is designed to keep up with the industry's demand for unloading bulk commodities such as soda ash, metallic silica, gypsum pellets, etc., quickly and reliably into pits. This VersaFlow™ system enables a 100-ton car to be emptied in less than 40 seconds at speeds up to three mph. The VersaFlow installs easily on center sill cars and fits most standard or custom designs for covered hoppers.

    Rapid Discharge Systems

  • Miner AutoMEC Automated Rapid Discharge System

    The fully automated AutoMEC® bottom discharge system is designed to unload coal or other bulk material at speeds ranging from one-half to three miles per hour, over trestles or into pits.

    Rapid Discharge Systems

  • Miner Type G Automated Single Door in Action

    The Type G rapid discharge system, which is designed for retrofitting to existing cars with locks on each door and an under center sill brake rod, allows a single person to operate two doors from either side of a car. The system can be furnished with single or double linkages to allow use in handling coal or other heavier commodities.

    Rapid Discharge Systems

  • Miner Type D Rapid Discharge Single Door System in Action

    The Type D rapid discharge system, which can be applied to new or existing cars, allows a single person to operate two doors from either side of a hopper car to reliably discharge coal or other bulk material.

    Rapid Discharge Systems

  • Miner Type G Rapid Discharge System for Unloading of Heavy Commodities

    The Type G rapid discharge system, which is designed for retrofitting to existing cars with locks on each door and an under center sill brake rod, allows a single person to operate two doors from either side of a car. The system can be furnished with single or double linkages to allow use in handling coal or other heavier commodities. The double link door operating mechanism is specifically designed to provide safer, faster, more trouble-free unloading of dense materials such as coal, rock, limestone, aggregate and ore from open top hopper rail cars.

    Rapid Discharge Systems

  • Miner AutoMEC Rapid Discharge System for Coal Trains in Motion

    Miner's fully automated bottom discharge system is designed to unload coal or other bulk material at speeds ranging from one-half to three miles per hour, over trestles or into pits. The AutoMEC is an air-operated, single-link door linkage system that maximizes reliability, minimizes door adjustments and reduces maintenance costs over the life of the car.

    Rapid Discharge Systems

  • Miner AutoMEC Double Link Rapid Discharge System for Ore and Rock

    Miner's fully automated bottom discharge system is designed to unload coal or other bulk material at speeds ranging from one-half to three miles per hour, over trestles or into pits. The AutoMEC is an air-operated, double-link door linkage system that maximizes reliability, minimizes door adjustments and reduces maintenance costs over the life of the car.

    Rapid Discharge Systems

  • Miner Ore Car Quick Drop Rapid Discharge System

    Miner's rapid discharge systems for ore cars provide the largest opening possible on through-sill railcars. With the Quick Drop version, the opening doors are disassociated with each other allowing them to swing freely once unlocked. In addition to the primary and secondary lock systems, a safety catch has also been employed which ensures doors are fully closed and locked prior to the train moving.

    Rapid Discharge Systems

  • AAR Removal of Reconditioned Draft Gears

    In 2004, AAR M-901B was substantially revised to include a rigorous set of standards that each model of draft gear must meet when reconditioned. Learn what is involved in testing reconditioned gears and its importance in controlling train forces and reducing wear.

    Draft Gears