Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM

Shifting ballast beds or objects infringing the clearance profile pose hazards for rail vehicles. Railroad operators have to carry out inspections regularly to avoid rail vehic¬les being obstructed or being put at risk.

The Clearance Profile Scanner CPS records clearance profiles fast and non-tactile. The optical system provides three-dimensional data in real-time using the track's centre line as reference. Tunnel surfaces or objects infringing the gauge profile are recorded and identified by software. Thus, mainte¬nance teams receive very detailed informa¬tion on the infrastructure.

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