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Inspection of the railway tracks

Operators of railway systems must regularly inspect railway tracks as part of maintaining their systems to ensure operational safety and traffic capacity. The maintenance work includes inspection of rails, ties, ballast bed and mounting system. Multiple high-end or Ranger 3D cameras are mounted on an inspection vehicle. These cameras provide accurate cross-section profiles from which the complete geometry of the track is calculated. Up to 30,000 profiles per second provide quick inspection to allow regular railway traffic to run at full operational speed and to keep maintenance costs down. The Ruler high-end camera is pre-calibrated and outputs 3D coordinates. With the Ranger high-end camera, the working distance and field of view can be easily adjusted.

  • Following product families can be used
    Product family Ruler
    Gigabit 3D vision for tough environments
    • Factory-calibrated 3D measurements in millimeters at full production speed
    • Highly accurate 3D measurements for widths from 100 mm up to 1.5 m
    • Capture 3D, grayscale, and scatter simultaneously
    • Easy to integrate without the need for external illumination
    • Rugged housing for harsh environments and temperatures as low as –30 °C
    • Remote operation over long cabling distances with Gigabit Ethernet
    Product family Ranger
    Fast 3D measurement and MultiScan for advanced industrial solutions
    • Fast 3D measurement at high speed and quality
    • MultiScan function for simultaneously measuring the 3D shape, contrast, color, and scatter
    • Sensor resolutions of up to 1,536 pixels in 3D and 3,072 pixels in grayscale and color
    • High levels of flexibility in configuration, working distance, and field of view
    • In-machine 3D calibration
    • Gigabit Ethernet and CameraLink interfaces
    Product family Ranger3
    Big 3D performance in a small package
    • SICK CMOS sensor with ROCC technology for superior 3D performance
    • Up to 15.4 Gigapixels processed per second
    • 3D profiles at 7 kHz full frame
    • Sensor resolution 2,560 x 832 pixels
    • GigE Vision and GenICam compliant
    • 3D, reflectance and scattered light measurement in one device
    • Industrial housing with IP65/67 option
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