Rail and Joints is the most expensive asset a railway owns and maintains. ENSCO’s rail inspection technologies aid in achieving maximum safety with optimum efficiency.
Assessing rail surface conditions are extremely important to avoid rail breaks resulting from Rolling Contact Fatigue (RCF) and other surface damage conditions. ENSCO’s Rail Surface Imaging System (RSIS) collects high-resolution images of the rail surface. It automatically converts them to strip chart data to allow for synchronization with other data sets, such as rail wear, allowing for optimum rail grinding planning.
Failures of joint bars (fish plates) and associated bolts continue to focus area of all railways. ENSCO’s Joint Bar Imaging System (JBIS) automatically detects rail joints and insulated joints and determines if there is a failure, such as a cracked joint bar or missing bolt. The JBIS also detects broken rails.
ENSCO’s Thermal Imaging System (THIS) detects cold spots caused by leaking or pooling water in tunnels. The system's detection is synchronized with our Joint Bar Imaging System (JBIS) to aid in identifying rail base corrosion which, if undetected, can lead to broken rails.
ENSCO’s RQMS has the same functionality as the V/TI, but may also synchronize with other inspection systems. When paired with the Rail Surface Imaging System (RSIS), the RQMS is able to have a measurement of the rail surface condition along with its image.
Heat inspections and slow orders for hot rail can be challenging when using only local weather data. ENSCO’s Predictive Rail Temperature System (PRTS) utilizes proven and validated algorithms to predict peak rail temperatures in advance to better plan operations.