Friction Measurement Systems

Hand Operated Tribometer

Tribometer measurement wheels

High Speed (50mph) Tribometer Measurement Wheel

Friction measurement & management is key to proper wayside lubrication programs. Hand-Operated tribometers measure the coefficient of friction on the top of rail as well as the gage face. This new lightweight system is fully autonomous and is not burdened with legacy system issues such as operator variation or limited range measurements.

The Hand-Operated Tribometer is lightweight, portable and wireless. Major advancements in system operation as well as measurement accuracy have been implemented to assist in more targeted/accurate measurement. One-touch measurements can be quickly taken and wirelessly stored/viewed on most tablets. Preset measurement parameters are selectable for quick and easy use while also permitting customization. Users are able to control and store all functions such as railhead measurement increments and position from top of rail to gage corner, wheel force variation to simulate empty to loaded operating conditions, and varying creep conditions to capture a range of traction or braking conditions.

This system captures and stores friction measurements in low temperatures, direct sunlight, light rain, and extreme operating conditions. Input location, notes, and other information directly into the measurement file via an easy to use and flexible user interface. Compare historic measurements at the click of a button via text or graphical means with the simple to use control panel.