An essential factor for the operation of the railways is the increase in availability and the reduction of maintenance costs. ARGOS® was designed to support the infrastructure operator as well as the vehicle owner/operator by measuring with the best possible accuracy and the most modern technical devices for results you can trust.
ARGOS® measures in compliance with technical standards and supports efficient environmentally friendly operation.
ARGOS® Systems provides you with the benefits of compatibility and upgradeability
The modular systems can be uncompromisingly adapted to suit the application. The only components used are those necessary for the task at hand. A subsequent expansion of the configuration is not a problem. For example, an ARGOS® WIM system can be upgraded with an ARGOS® OOR module at any time.
Integration with main control centres and third-party systems via standardized or customer-specific interfaces is simple. Modern vehicle management concepts are supported via a complete RFID integration.
HBK offers a wide range of sensor technologies tailored to your needs
Measurement systems (high precision) – Wayside Train Measurement & Monitoring (WTM +M)
ARGOS® WIM (Weigh in Motion, dynamic weigher) can be used to acquire the load status of vehicles at normal line speed with the greatest possible accuracy. Vehicle weight, axle loads, wheel forces and loading state can be monitored efficiently and precisely.
ARGOS® RBM Straight (Running Behaviour Measurement for straight lines, unstable vehicle run) continuously measures the horizontal and vertical forces to monitor the risk of derailment and detects hunting (instability, sine run). On straight tracks, some vehicles tend towards undulating running which can lead to instability.
The task on curves, in addition to derailment safety, is to avoid unnecessarily high driving forces to reduce wear and stress on the superstructure.
ARGOS® OOR Stand-alone (wheel Out-of-Roundness) delivers reliable wheel shape irregularities with peak accuracy. It is available in a stand-alone version or as an extension module for other ARGOS® products. Its exact qualification and classification of wheel shape irregularities are the basis for modern predictive and descriptive wheel maintenance and unfailing infrastructure asset protection concepts.
ARGOS® DYN (Dynamic force and WILD – Wheel Impact Load Detection) can measure continuous dynamic forces exerted by the vehicle on the superstructure. The outstanding feature is its real continuous force measurement over the whole measurement rail section including the sleeper areas. This allows, as a side effect, the determination of the formation reaction coefficient.
ARGOS® OOR (wheel Out-of-Roundness) measures the deviation from an ideally round wheel with an unreached accuracy. The measurement covers the entire circumference of the wheel in the area where the wheel has contact with the track. The measurement system is designed so that at least two overruns are measured for each wheel. The progression of delta R over the circumference of the wheel is used by the system to derive and quantify types of wheel shape irregularities.
ARGOS® LONG (Longitudinal force) = measures wheel- and axle-specific braking and tractive forces in the longitudinal direction. This helps to identify unusual vehicle behaviour and has the task of avoiding unnecessarily high forces to reduce wear and tear on the rail infrastructure.
The cross-wheel profile measurement system is a real-time solution that uses a combination of line laser and a high-resolution, high-speed camera for automatic cross-wheel profile measurement at line speeds. The data is used for trend analyses and predictive damage identification and maintenance. The measuring equipment is certified according to ISO 17025.
ARGOS®, a system from HBK developed in cooperation with specialized partners
ADES – Echtzeitdatenverarbeitungssysteme-Gesellschaft m.b.H.
The adaptation and extension of HBK standard solutions is a central task. ADES provides future-proof and well-established modules that allow the integration of ARGOS® products into traditionally oriented IT infrastructure provided by the customer. We use concepts of traditional client/server operation as well as cloud, edge and fog computing. Numerous implementations in the fields of critical infrastructure and system integration enable ADES to provide a broad portfolio of products and frameworks. Enterprise application integration is our daily business.
BAMM – Dr. Mittermayr Scientific GmbH & Co KG
This partner’s strengths lie in research and development in the domain of natural sciences, in particular mechanics and mathematics. This includes the theoretical modelling of practical questions and their implementation into efficient algorithms and computer programs for numerical simulations. Furthermore, huge amounts of measured data are analyzed and verified.