WILD - Wheel Impact Load Detector & WILD +

Rail Mounted WILD Sensors

Rail Mounted WILD Sensors (cables shown for demonstration purposes only - typically buried in the ballast)

Cost of rail road Track Damage in USD

Cost of Track Damage in USD as compared to Wheel Impact Level (1000's lbs)

Excessive impact loads are produced by wheels that are out of round, have flat spots or shelling. Over time, these excessive impact loads can degrade track as well as car components & lading. Rail mounted sensors are monitored by an automatic data collection system that includes an Automatic Equipment Identification (AEI) reader for associating the wheel forces with the proper vehicles.

WILD detects wheel impact loads in full compliance with the Association of American Railroad Field Manual Appendix F. and also is available with additional modules that monitor the following conditions (WILD +):

Rail Mounted WILD Sensors performance data

On-line data queries & performance history are available in addition to real-time alarm reports

  • Wheel Impact
  • Overloaded Cars
  • Fore/Aft Load Imbalance
  • Side/Side Load Imbalance
  • Vertical Twist Defect
  • Weigh-In-Motion (Wheel Weight)
  • Hunting (with Lateral Sensors)

The WILD family of systems utilize a series of strain gauge sensors applied to the rail which accurately (+/- 2% in most cases) measure wheel forces. The rail mounted sensors are monitored by a fully-automated data collection system which computes impact & loading parameters, then automatically transmits alerts & status reports as required. The data collection system utilizes the same reliable, service-proven hardware & software as our Truck Performance Detectors.

Integrated Weigh-in-Motion, Hunting Detection, and other modules can be added as required. See Hunting & Tracking Error Detectors or other wayside systems for more information on these options.