Schenck Process specialists presented their new MULTIRAIL® InterScan flat sleeper with Y / Q option at the InnoTrans trade fair this year.

The major advantage of this new product is that Q and Y forces are localised when measuring the wheel loads passing over it. High loading in a Q or Y direction can thereby be recognised in good time, making needs-based maintenance possible and delivering major potential cost savings. The special MULTIRAIL force sensor also ensures increased reliability. Excess axle loads, uneven distribution of loads or impermissible lateral forces can result in tilted vehicles and cause accidents or costly damage. In the worst case scenario, trains can even derail – but thanks to MULTIRAIL InterScan, such events are consigned to history. MULTIRAIL InterScan also calculates dynamic wheel forces, most of which are caused by wheel flats. This is a huge aid to needs-based maintenance of the track and vehicles.

MULTIRAIL InterScan is part of the modular MULTIRAIL system. This system allows for reliable early detection and increased drive stability – even on cross-border journeys.

‘Interoperability’ is the keyword to ensuring smooth cooperation across national boundaries. A group of experts is currently hard at work writing a European standard on this very subject. The team of experts includes representatives from Schenck Process, giving the company the opportunity to adapt the MULTIRAIL system to the requirements of the standard at any time. Schenck Process’ MULTIRAIL products already satisfy the requirements of the standard, for example those relating to sensors, measurement lengths and accuracy.

The MULTIRAIL system with Y / Q option is very easy to use. The height of the new sleeper only differs slightly from that of standard sleepers and it fits seamlessly into the track.

MULTIRAIL technology from Schenck Process has once again proven to be more than just a comprehensive solution for railway vehicle monitoring and diagnosis.