A rail station owner wanted to collect data on the load profiles for rail cars as they were entering into the station in-motion. The customer wanted to build their own low cost set-up using components from Interface and their existing PC setup for the purpose of logging weight load characteristics in order to diagnose possible side to side loading issues, overload issues, wheel flats or wheel impact issues, at any rail car speed.
(12) 2450 50K capacity standard stainless steel load cells were mounted in to metal fabricated box-like structures and bolted into six consecutive cement rail ties, one on each side of each tie under the rail with a direct line of force with the rail. The cells were split into three groups of four: front, middle, and back. Each group of cells was connected to a dedicated BSC4D that accepted four load cell inputs. The BSC4D were connected to a PC through a USB hub.
After all the connections were made the operator had a valuable tool for monitoring load characteristics which were used to detect a number of diagnostic conditions. The manager saved cost by creating his own set-up in-house for in-motion rail car load measuring as compared to alternative solutions from other competitors.