Live Railway Condition Monitoring to Reduce Overhead Line Failures
Hastec’s balance weight monitoring system (BWMS) is a first-of-a-kind railway condition monitoring solution that delivers safety, reliability and major cost savings to the network. It acts both as a live data feed on the status of the network and an alert system when there is a high risk of dewirement.
With mounting costs of personnel based railway condition monitoring, rewiring works and fines from TOCs for loss of service, Hastec BWMS railway monitoring system is not only justifiable in terms of cost, but in reducing hazardous work conditions for OLE lines staff.
Hastec Rail’s BWMS railway monitoring system not only addresses the need to get boots off ballast and reduce hazardous working for lines-people, but is also a critical part of managing heat-wave preparedness. The system begins gathering valuable data long before the summer season arrives.
With a live feed on ambient temperature, weight stack position, and critical limit proximity, and the potential to monitor rail temperature, line tension and wind speed and direction, the railway monitoring system not only alerts asset owners to high-risk situations (dewirements and track buckling), but also provides cross-network data for interrogation on any OLE incidents. This in turn feeds back into greater intelligence, reducing future dewirements.
Hastec’s BWMS integrates easily with rail infrastructure (UC and DC Masts, AC frames) and includes all fixings with SPS for mounting. Installation and calibration can be completed in just 30 minutes (2 people).Read the Case Study
The Hastec BWMS railway monitoring system consists of the following components:
Optional: Rail track temperature sensor – to prevent against track buckling.
Technical Specifications – HASTEC BWMS
Steel Framework and Stainless Steel Bolts
System Enclosure – IP66
GPRS 4G Cellular Communication in Text/Email Formats:
How a Hastec Rail BWMS customer has significantly reduced costs and improved safety with railway condition monitoring
For one of Hastec Rail’s customers, the BWMS system has not only helped to get boots off ballast and reduce rewiring work but has prevented dewirements and reduced costs significantly.
The BWMS railway monitoring system has created an opportunity to drastically reduce the annual rate of rip-downs (circa. 2%) with the potential to save many millions in direct costs and fees. Hastec Rail’s BWMS also supports initiatives to address the ORRs OLE Hot Weather Resilience paper