For decades, an unabated demand for cars and the prevalence of individual transportation have pushed rail systems across continents to the background. Considered by many as inflexible and outdated, discussions about how to counter climate change and minimize our ecological footprint have led to an increased interest in rail as an efficient and safe means of transport. Rail systems are, therefore, being revolutionized to play an important part in green logistics and freight distribution as well as high-speed passenger mobility.

Covering rail applications such as virtual and physical testing and validation, metrology, and operational monitoring for predictive maintenance, HBK not only offers a vast range of tools for lifetime simulation, test and measurement but also the experience and know-how to understand the industry's challenges. Dive deeper into the HBK world of rail testing and monitoring solutions, ensuring the highest measurement data quality, productivity, and competence. 

Your Partner Through the Entire Product Life Cycle  

A rail vehicle’s life expectancy, efficiency and reliability depend on its resistance to mechanical loads and weather influences without jeopardizing safety and efficiency. Individual components can only be approved if they meet the specific requirements set by national supervisory authorities. So, before entry into service, individual components and entire railway vehicles are tested extensively in labs, on development test benches, or on-track in realistic conditions. This includes official approval and validation of mechanical and electrical components, brakes, and the overall vehicle acoustics, which is a requirement for conformance and homologation.


HBK measurement technology not only provides valuable insights into structural integrity, performance and noise levels, but also helps manufacturers to comply with tough international safety standards. 

With an expected lifespan of up to thirty years, manufacturers and rail operating companies must not only maintain the safety, reliability and durability of their vehicles but also continuously modernize and maintain them while keeping costs low and without compromising performance. Therefore, predictive and condition-based monitoring are important to ensure safety, cost-efficiency and smooth and easy rail operation. Regular inspections and railway maintenance are mandatory to avoid poor conditions causing vehicle or infrastructure defects.


To reduce the risk of possible damage to the rail network and to save time, resources, and money, HBK delivers full measurement and monitoring solutions for both vehicle and infrastructure.

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In-Operation Data Analysis and Process Data

Reliability and durability of rail- related products have long been covered by industry standards and in-house specifications. But collection and analysing data of vehicles in operation can help to optimize design or maintenance strategies, thereby saving time and money. 

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