The story of our life.
Rawie has been contributing to making the world a little safer for decades with buffer stops, barriers and access systems. The start was made with a “factory for railway supplies“ that rapidly formed the basis from which our strengths and core competencies emerged. We are still proud that we were able to gain a reputation as a pioneer and as a global market leader far beyond the town and country borders in the past.
Rawie, the family-owned company is now able to look back on a corporate history that goes back more than 130 years and this history is full of exciting stories.
A wise man changes his mind.
The inventiveness of Franz RawieAlthough Franz Rawie had not specialised in the manufacturing of railways supplies yet back in 1882, he already had a remarkable inventive talent at the time. One example of this was a rotating cupola made of steel and glass that decorated the first Osnabrück Stadthalle until a fire broke out and it was subsequently demolished at the beginning of the 1930s.
The locomotive in the waiting roomThe fact that the company purpose was soon to change course was especially due to the cooperation with the Deutsche Reichsbahn repair workshops. At the time – it is the year 1901 –, the locomotive in the waiting room was obviously a justified horror scenario as accidents resulting from defective track closures were not uncommon at the time. One example of this was when the Ostend-Vienna Express, a feeder for the Orient Express, came to a halt between the laid tables in the 1st class and 2nd class restaurants at Frankfurt Central Station on 6 December 1901. Nobody was injured in this case but such accidents provided Franz Rawie with a reason to act.
Pioneering work: the opposing braking forceUntil that time, the track closures were often primitive and almost ineffective as they were simple sand hills or walls made of railway sleepers that were supported by soil. One thing was clear for Franz Rawie: that could be improved on! He worked systematically and proved that the assumption that the force applied by impacting vehicles could be absorbed by a sudden resistance was an error in reasoning. An effective and unscathed braking of the train as a decisive contribution to increasing safety in German train stations was only possible with an opposing braking force. The knowledge produced a result: the patent for a sliding friction buffer stop from 11 February 1909.
Patent and talent factoryThe first patent was followed by the next one – and their number exceeds 50 to date. This intensive research and development work even had the consequence that the Deutsche Bundesbahn stipulated in an implementing order from 1951 that all of the track closures in its rail network were to be fitted with friction buffer stops from Rawie – and it was not long before private railway companies and the industry also followed suit on their track installations, resulting in Rawie becoming their selected supplier with its specialised solutions based on individual requirements.
Unrestricted safetyIn the early days of the rise of the railways, Franz Rawie was increasingly interested in the safe crossing of railway tracks. On the basis of the barriers that were initially manufactured for the Reichsbahn level crossings – and for the Bundesbahn later –, Rawie developed modern industrial and and lightweight construction barriers. In the 1960s and 1970s, these became a part of what is today a comprehensive product range comprising access control and and billing systems, the use of which makes sense not only for public authorities and industrial companies, but also for private companies, banks, savings banks and multi-storey car park operators.
A story of success starts into the futureOur long company history still owes much to formative experiences and role models today. Innovative traffic barrier technology, effective special solutions and a perpetual urge to bring a product to perfection – with the knowledge of an excellent workforce, our own tradition and a future-oriented orientation, the company is happily looking forward to its 140th anniversary.
Broadening horizonsOur company has been a byword for a willingness to innovate since the times of Franz Rawie. RAWIE faced a completely new challenge in traffic barrier technology in 2016 by developing a horizontal barrier that lifts the barrier beam into a horizontal position so that it can be moved over a protective device and subsequently swivel it into the driving lane with a horizontal movement. In the traffic area, the barrier beam is then lowered to an uncritical height so that it is then able to reach its end position and position for use.
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