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English translation: low-floor technology


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German term or phrase:Niederflurtechnik
English translation:low-floor technology
Entered by: xxxJ Lewis
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09:07 Jan 23, 2001
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German term or phrase: Niederflurtechnik
The context is tramcar/rail car production. Here's the sentence:

Vor mehreren Jahren wurden diese Problemfelder deutlich, als die Niederflurtechnik bei Straßenbahnen eingeführt und eine neue Ära im öffentlichen Verkehr eingeläutet wurde.

The "Problemfelder" mentioned above is the complex production management experience needed in the manufacturing process.
Marcus Malabad
Local time: 18:20
low-floor technology
Siemens Transportation, a major manufacturer of trams, consistently uses "low-floor" for Niederflur.
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nalow-floor technologyxxxJ Lewis
nalow-floor bus/tram or dropped-frame construction or ...
Tom Funke
nakneeling vehicle / low platform technologyUlrike Lieder
nalow floor technologyroadnotes
naniederflurAlbert Golub



10 mins

the only information i got in Eurodicautom is that "niederflur" translates "kneel bus" but i fail to see what it means,i'll look for further information

Albert Golub
Local time: 18:20
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13 mins
low floor technology

? or sunken floor technology - means whereby it is easier for people (particularly disabled) to enter and leave the tram

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21 mins
kneeling vehicle / low platform technology

Ernst gives "low platform" for Niederflur. The buses equipped with this technology are called "kneeling buses" and, I suppose, a streetcar would be called a "kneeling streetcar". For a more generic term, "low platform technology" might fit the bill.


    Ernst, WB industrielle Technik
Ulrike Lieder
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32 mins
low-floor bus/tram or dropped-frame construction or ...

[the above from from DaimlerChrysler glossaries.]

Whyhidal (Kraftfahrzeugtechnisches Wörterbuch ISDBN 30923195 01 X) has the following entries, among others:

Niederflur (bus): low-floor
Niederfulur Aufbau: low-floor body
Niederflurbus : Low-floor bus
Niederflurausstieg/einstig : low-floow exit,m entrance


Niederflur Chassis/Niederflur Fahrgestell: low-loading chassis, low-bed chassis, low-level chassis, drop-bed chassis, low-cradled chassis. Niderflurrahmen: low-bed frame, drop-bed frame, low-cradled frame.

Use whatever best fits your context and audience.


    see above
Tom Funke
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low-floor technology

Siemens Transportation, a major manufacturer of trams, consistently uses "low-floor" for Niederflur.

xxxJ Lewis
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