Remote track fastener monitoring test begins in Japan

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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Kawasaki Track

Kawasaki Track Technologies announced testing of remote track fastener monitoring technology in Japan.

This technology, while installed on a locomotive, will capture high resolution pictures and provide the necessary data for Kawasaki to utilize machine learning algorithms to identify potential track fasteners that need to be inspected and repaired.

Kawasaki employs cameras and global positioning sensors to identify potential defects with
track fastening systems. When the system is complete, it will provide near real time exceptions
to our customers to plan maintenance.

Kawasaki Track Technologies plans to roll out similar testing in the North American freight rail
industry later this summer and begin piloting the monitoring system in early 2023. This
innovative technology will continue to expand Kawasakiʼs autonomous track inspection
technology to enhance railroad safety and operating efficiencies. Kawasaki currently has a
locomotive mounted autonomous track geometry monitoring system that has been in
production since 2021.

For more information, visit the Kawasaki Track Technologies website at https://www.kawasaki-track.com/.

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