Keeping Railways on Track: PIE’s Legacy of Precision and Reliability in Railway Measurement

Choo-choo, chug-chug-chug, whoo-whoo!

That’s the voice of an approaching train. The train that makes this sound means it is running and is safe.

PIE’s Mission on Keeping Railways on Track

It is not just a loco pilot behind every safe train journey. It takes track inspectors, train crew, maintenance staff, supervisory personnel, and PIE’s railway measurement instruments for safer railways.

PIE’s railway track maintenance equipment and instruments, like measuring gauges, maintenance equipment, and inspection tools, ensure the railway crew makes informed decisions in railroad track maintenance. The instrumentation we provide to the railway industry aids in identifying potential issues beforehand and guarantees assistance in timely maintenance and repairs to prevent accidents for the smooth and safe operation of trains.

Here are the four maintenance scenarios where PIE’s railway measurement instruments play a major part in the everyday role of the railway crew and help them streamline the integrity of railway tracks and wheels.

Track Measurement Instruments

Worn-out tracks, rail cracks, irregular track geometry, and loose track fasteners can lead to derailments. So, to keep track inspections precise and easy, PIE’s instruments, like rail profile gauges, track gauges, and track trolleys, precisely measure track geometry and address track defects to eliminate derailment risks.

Wheel Measurement Instruments

Failing to detect wear patterns, cracks, or other irregularities on the wheel surface causes vibrations that can pose a serious threat to train safety. PIE’s instruments, like wheel diameter gauges, laser wheel profilometers, and wheel profile gauges, help to measure the wheels accurately, helping in predictive maintenance. With a regular and routine checkup, wheels ensure good health for a smooth and reliable journey by avoiding unexpected breakdowns and potential safety hazards.

Rolling Stock Measurement Instruments

It is extremely difficult for railway operators to correctly detect and fix rolling stock acceleration problems. Without accurate information on acceleration levels, risks including excessive wear and tear, a higher chance of derailments, and jeopardized passenger safety could go unreported until they become serious issues. However, with Paragon’s system in place, operators can see acceleration patterns in real-time, which helps them spot problems ahead of time and fix them.

OHE Measurement Instruments

Inaccurate measurements of the contact and catenary wire stagger and heights, a higher risk of pantograph entanglement, wire damage, and electrical arcing, among other issues, can result in expensive repairs, interrupted service, and, in the worst situations, pose a risk to the safety of both passengers and railway workers. But technicians can measure wire heights and stagger with instruments like the ABT4640/Metal Laser Height & Stagger Gauge, helping them to address the problems before they worsen, minimizing downtime, lowering maintenance costs, and guaranteeing the safety and reliability of overhead electrification systems.

65 years of Precision and Reliability in Railway Measurement

By the time you are on this line, there are a multitude of trains departing and arriving around the world, guaranteed by PIE’s precision and reliability. We play a role in keeping the trains on track with our innovative products, commitment to quality, and dedication to customer service. And we do it right.

Keeping Railways on Track. Always.