The success of railway companies was dependent on the condition, availability and reliability of their network assets. To gain a competitive advantage, they needed to improve maintenance contribution, doing more with less, increasing operating effectiveness and reducing costs impacting the bottom line. To do that, railways needed a more integrated, disciplined and innovative approach to the maintenance process, the possibility to give their own people the ability to work to their full potential. A technology had to be invented to deal with accurate and efficient monitoring of wide area railway networks; and as a result of solving their challenge – the high performance no-contact measuring technology for railway application was born. Since then the MERMEC Group has shaped the future of railway by creating unprecedented value and opportunity for our customers and has become the worldwide leader in developing cutting-edge technology able to advance safety, efficiency and availability of railways and rapid transits worldwide.
The MERMEC Group is the sole global supplier able to provide a careful and thorough perspective on how your railway assets are really performing and evolving over time. With more than 60 different types of measuring and inspection systems – all seamlessly integrated and perfectly interoperable – our “best-of-breed” product portfolio has been designed to allow automatic assessment of infrastructure and rolling-stock.
The track is the foundation and soul of all rail travel, not to mention one of the most capital intensive investments a railway can make. Proper care and cure of the permanent way can bring countless benefits to all using it. However, the permanent way is subject to innumerable elements and activities that have a detrimental effect on its condition and potentially on the safety of passengers and freight. Today, as railways increase their capacity and speeds, it is more important than ever to be completely aware of the state of the infrastructure’s condition to ensure the highest quality and safety to those using it, as well as being in the position to maintain costs as low as possible.
In today’s increasingly competitive rail market, more traffic means more revenue and every available minute on the line counts. More traffic however also means more challenges to your infrastructure’s capacity, more maintenance requirements and limited track time for your maintenance and inspection programs. To meet the increasing demands of traffic and shareholders, and to insure the safety of your stakeholders, your maintenance program must be as efficient as possible. It needs to pinpoint and track minuscule problems, and efficiently locate immediate safety concerns.
Span, stagger, wire height, tension, wave propagation velocity, bending rigidity, vibration endurance, wear… when it comes to overhead or catenary lines, there are lots of things to worry about, not to mention the services and added value that overhead lines bring to your customers such as high-speed transport, power for running portable computers or air conditioning. Your maintenance program needs an accurate and reliable system, one that won’t have you sending out your maintenance staff for every anomaly revealed in measurement.
Manually checking every aspect of the overhead line equipment is a daunting task. Numerous man hours can be involved and even then numerous defects will go unnoticed. Railways are looking for systems that can help them to increase their inspection efficiency and accuracy, locating potentially dangerous defects and tracking new defects as they are detected.
For most infrastructure managers, the essential and perpetual task of measuring tunnels and other Railway Infrastructure clearance profiles requires a major commitment of both human and financial resources not to mention the rising and pressing requirements regarding safety and tunnel accessibility.
Cost effective rolling stock asset management is critical to the ongoing success of all railway operations. Proper care and cure of rolling stock can bring countless benefits to all using it. However, the rail vehicles are subject to innumerable elements and activities that have a detrimental effect on its condition and potentially on the safety of passengers and freight.
Operation of a modern, dynamic and efficient railway demands a high quality network and an accurate and reliable evaluation of the infrastructure assets, including TLC and signaling networks. Any defects, anomalies or issues must be assessed and corrected in a timely fashion.
MERMEC Group family of multi-diagnostic railway vehicles opens a new technological frontier in the area of maintenance. These measuring vehicles – classified on basis of their dimension, performances and features – have been engineered and manufactured to allow efficient installation and seamless integration of “customer-defined” modular set of MERMEC Group measuring and diagnostic systems.
From hi-rail vehicles with high-tech detection systems to rail-car-mounted equipment, we offer a set of technologies that can be rented to inspect track and overhead line conditions, determine gauge strength and pinpoint rail defects. Infact, the MERMEC Group Service Team is able to provide expertise, equipment, and manpower for infrastructure inspection as a contracted service providing evaluation of asset condition as well as maintenance and renewal works planning. If you have any questions relating to any aspect of our products or services then please fill in the form at the bottom of this page or contact us direct via the details on the right hand side below our logo.
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