Measurement and monitoring power infrastructure such as overhead wire (catenary) and third rail (power rail) is just as important as the track infrastructure itself to ensure safe and efficient operations. ENSCO offers a full suite of inspection technologies to aid our customers with their power infrastructure condition monitoring.
Deteriorating conditions can cause the relative position of the third rail (power rail) to the running rails can create several issues including contact shoe breakage or clearance encroachments. ENSCO’s Third Rail Measurement System (TRMS) measures the third rail position to ensure it is within safe tolerances.
The third rail (power rail) has multiple components that can become damaged or missing causing safety concerns. ENSCO’s Third Rail Imaging System (TRIS) creates high resolution images of the third rail components including the coverboard, isolators, and goosenecks. Automated algorithms and human review are available to identify defective conditions.
ENSCO’s Overhead Wire Imaging System (OWIS) provides overview imagery of the overhead wire and pantograph. The OWIS is synchronized with all other inspection systems such that it can provide useful context images corresponding with other inspection systems, such as at a defective condition identified by the Overhead Wire Measurement System (OWMS).
Both third rail and overhead wire systems can suffer from hot spots that can have potential fire hazard or component failure. ENSCO’s Thermal Imaging System (THIS) captures thermal images and processed with specialty algorithms to accurately identify hot spots.