IRJ at the IAF track show in Münster. Goldschmidt had on show a prototype ultrasonic measuring system designed to diagnose, inspect and check the quality of the rails before and after grinding or milling.

The modular system combines four different measuring devices:

  • an eddy current system to detect rail surface defects
  • a laser-based rail profile and rail corrugation measuring system which Goldschmidt says is the first such system on the market to meet the new European standard for rail profiles
  • an ultrasonic wheel to measure defects in the rail metallurgy, and
  • a video inspection system to examine and detect rail surface defects.

The prototype is now in the final phase of testing and approval, which should enable Goldschmidt to start marketing the system next year.