Ricardo's monitoring systems are equipped with lasers and cameras to capture real-time condition data and images of pantographs passing at speeds of up to 180km/hour.
The systems are used by infrastructure managers to measure
- Carbon surface shape
- Dangerous cracks and chips
- Thickness of the remaining carbon
- Pantograph uplift
- Pantograph symmetry (pitch, jaw, roll)
- Horn presence or damage
The captured data is reported to operational teams through a customised dashboard designed to draw attention to key trends and specified metrics.
Even though operational teams can access the reports and diagnostics at any time, the system will raise an alarm whenever specific thresholds have been exceeded. For more information, see our Monitoring Services page.