WABTEC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Trimble’s Beena Vision business, a manufacturer of machine vision-based wayside inspection systems for the rail sector. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and the financial terms were not disclosed.

Beena Vision provides vision-based wayside detectors for the rolling stock maintenance market. Its non-contact measurement technology provides a highly detailed condition assessment of train components ranging from wheel surface condition to full train inspection in service and at high speeds.

Beena Vision’s wayside systems enable operators to manage fleet maintenance through cutting-edge sensor and image-based inspection systems. The manufacturer says real-time alarms, alerts, and reports enable significant reductions in maintenance costs, improve safety and increase fleet availability.

Wabtec says the deal will enhance its ability to progress wayside train condition monitoring, as well as supply chain and logistics technology for customers around the world.

“Beena Vision’s systems, coupled with Wabtec’s TrackIQ portfolio, will create a comprehensive wayside inspection offering,” says the president of Wabtec’s Digital Electronics business, Mr Nalin Jain. “These solutions enable our customers to monitor the health of their rolling stock assets, which allows them to realise reductions in maintenance costs, safety incidents and to increase fleet availability for revenue generation.”

Trimble acquired Beena Vision for an undisclosed fee in February 2017.