Pandrol, a manufacturer of rail fastening systems and aluminothermic welding systems, released a new app that is designed to improve weld traceability across the rail sector.
The Pandrol Connect app, designed for use in aluminothermic welding of the rail track, enables live data capture, saves time on data entry, and improves traceability.
Weld traceability can be a major challenge in terms of identifying defective welds and is essential in gathering, trending and spotting anomalies in weld performance data, which is essential for optimising costs. Pandrol Connect allows users to save time and dramatically cut down paperwork, the company said.
“This is an important innovation in welding technology, which will mean greater traceability to support contractors and rail network operators. It is aligned to Industry 4.0, as part of our commitment to visibility and optimisation of the entire value chain. The app saves a significant amount of time on manual form completion and provides instantly accessible information on each weld at the touch of a button,” said Thibaut Descamps, director for aluminothermic welding at Pandrol.:
The app consists of three modules:
- a mobile version to record onsite data for welding controllers
- a monitoring app to review weld information from the office
- an online administration tool to apply settings to local standards.
Pandrol says the app, available for Android, facilitates the recording and transmission of data between all welding parties, including railway authorities, welding companies and welding kit suppliers. All data is stored in the cloud for easy sharing to contractors and the network, automatically. Details can be found on the company’s website.
Pandrol is part of the Delachaux Group, a privately held company headquartered in France. Earlier this month Pandrol named Eran Gartner as its new CEO.