Measuring up for Alstom Ireland

March 24, 2016

The Irish tram network is maintaining the highest standards of rail safety, thanks to our innovative laser measuring technology.

We have supplied Alstom Ireland, caretakers of the Luas tram network, with handheld scanner, the CALIPRI, to monitor rail and switch deterioration.

The noncontact device records all relevant wear parameters and was delivered to Alstom with software modules to analyse key data on flat bottom and grooved rails, as well as switch frogs and blades – the points at which diverging rails connect. Training was also conducted at Luas’ Red Cow depot in Dublin, where the CALIPRI is now stored.

John McNally, Alstom’s maintenance engineer, said: “Having decided that our existing rail measurer needed replacing, we were looking actively for alternatives when we discovered the CALIPRI. Mechan came to Ireland to demonstrate its capabilities and the data recorded during this visit compared very favourably against competitor products. It is now in regular operation in the field and we are very happy with its lightweight design and portability.”

Alstom uses the CALIPRI to measure rail head and gauge corners to assess wear against pre-set parameters. The operator can see in real time whether its findings are acceptable and then record data in the accompanying software modules, where it is analysed alongside previous results.

CALIPRI is one of several European innovations we have introduced to the UK and Irish markets. To find out more visit our product section

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