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ENSCO Rail Launches Predictive Rail Temperature System at RSSI 2018

Predictive Rail Temperature System
ENSCO’s Predictive Rail Temperature Web Application Display

ENSCO Rail is pleased to announce the launch of its newest rail safety product, the Predictive Rail Temperature System. The product will debut at the 58th Annual RSSI C&S Exhibition, May 21-24 in Omaha, Neb.

The Predictive Rail Temperature System effectively manages and reduces the risks associated with track buckling derailments, which are a major challenge to the U.S. rail network. Current methods involve issuing blanket slow orders when daily ambient temperatures reach a certain level, which can cost railways millions of dollars and create congestion.

The system replaces blanket slow orders with fewer, targeted heat slow orders and heat inspections. It uses the National Weather Service data as weather forecast inputs and additional weather and material parameters, including:

  • Intensity of solar radiation
  • Solar angle
  • Wind speed
  • Sky temperature
  • Heat absorptivity and emissivity of rail

Jeff Stevens, Vice President of ENSCO Rail, said:

“We are excited about the launch of this new product, which will have a significant positive impact on rail safety”

“By allowing for advance heat slow orders in an accurate, effective and targeted way, the Predictive Rail Temperature System will minimize the impact on railroad operations while decreasing the risk of track buckling derailments.”

Cost and operational benefits associated with the Rail Temperature Predication Model include improved accuracy and more targeted heat slow orders that can result in significant cost savings, increased overall train velocity, and fewer required resources.

For 58 years, RSSI has established itself as the premier show in the rail and rail transit, communication, and signal industry. The 2018 RSSI C&S Exhibition will focus on bringing C&S suppliers together with their rail and rail transit customers. Nearly 300 member companies are expected to attend.

Visit ENSCO Rail in Booth 931 in the Exhibit Hall.


For more than 45 years, ENSCO has been leading the rail industry worldwide in developing new and advanced technologies to improve the safety, security and quality of their operations. ENSCO is a leading provider of automated and autonomous inspection systems, web-based data management systems, vehicle dynamics analysis and simulations, and large-scale systems integration for federal and commercial railways. The ENSCO name represents the rail industry’s premier source for track inspection, vehicle/track interaction monitoring, railroad asset management technology, and PTC/train control inspection and services. The ENSCO Rail subsidiary provides products and services to commercial customers. Learn more.


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