More than ever before, rail operators, shippers and travelers all count on trains arriving on time and at the scheduled destination. Delayed shipments and travelers have a negative impact on reputation, profitability and productivity.
Globally, switch failures are consistently the primary cause of train delays. Consistent delays contribute to increased fuel costs, crew expenses, and maintenance & repair costs. One of the largest US railroads has reported that issues with railway signaling switches and switch machines cost them millions of dollars annually.
Effective railway switch monitoring can alleviate failures by allowing rail operators time to execute repairs and resolve issues. Railroads can foresee when a particular switch is failing enabling them to respond proactively and plan work of maintenance forces.