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Sensors help cut oil cost for rail plant

PLANT

HIGH-tech maintenance monitoring equipment has been developed for rail plant by rail specialist LH Group Services.

The firm, in partnership with Grant Plant, has designed the Infrastructure Equipment Monitoring System, which relays a range of data from the plant to the drivers's cab and the fleet operator's office.

The data, from oil levels and pressures to machine hours and performance, is used to preempt power failures on Grant Plant's rail ballast tampers.

The system uses sensors attached to the machine that relay data via a modem on an on-board PDA. A series of alarms alerts the driver before a problem on one of up to 50 functions becomes critical.

According to LH, while the system is suited to tampers where hydraulic power is critical, it can be applied to any plant f leet.

Grant Plant has made cost savings with the system, particularly in oil use, where constant monitoring of contamination avoids the need for external oil sampling.