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Wheel Gauges in Railway

Wheel Gauges in Railway

Predictive Wheelset Management is the answer to reducing cost! Ixthus offers a range of Riftek measuring devices to measure, wheels; Diameter, Profile, Back to Back and Brake Discs…and better still, the software is free!

Wheel Gauges in Railway

There are a variety of different wheel gauges used in the rail industry. The different types measure different aspects of the wheel itself.

Wheel profile gauges measure the thickness of the profile of the wheel (the portion of the wheel which come into contact with the track). Wheel diameter gauges measure the diameter of the wheel.

Our selection of wheel gauges for railway contains both wheel profile gauges and wheel diameter gauges as well as other measurement gauges for different aspects of railway. All of our railway gauge products come from our supplier Riftek. 

Wheel Gauges in Railway - Profile Gauges 

As rail wheels are in constant contact with the railway track they often show signs of wear. A rail wheel profile gauge is required to check the profile of the wheels. Our wheel profile gauges are hand held instruments, they use lasers to take the measurements and can measure wheel flange height, thickness, and rim thickness.  

These measurements can all be taken manually, however, we would always recommend using a wheel profile gauge as they tend to be more accurate, they are easy to use, highly efficient and the results are displayed immediately on the digital display.

Our Wheel profile gauges can be seen on our website, contact us for more information.  

Wheel Gauges in Railway - Diameter Gauges 

A wheel diameter gauge is a device for measuring the diameter of the wheel itself. This is another area of the wheel which is often affected by the general wear and tear of the vehicle being on the railroad. A wheel diameter gauge ensures the wheel is the correct shape and size and meets the correct standards to be on the track. 

Like the wheel profile measurement, this is another measurement which could be taken manually but again, we would always recommend using a device like this because they are so easy to use and eliminate the aspect of human error. 

Our wheel diameter gauge is battery powered making it easy to use in the field. They can be seen on our website. Please contact us for more information.

Other Railway Measuring Gauges from Ixthus 

As stated above we have a range of other measurement gauges which are used for different aspects of rail measurement, these are;

Rail Profile Measurement Gauges

As well as measuring the profile of the wheel, it is important for safety reasons to also measure the profile of the railway track. Rail profile measurement gauges can be used to take this measurement.

Back to Back Distance Measuring Gauges

Back to back distance measurement gauges are used for measuring the distance between railway transport wheels ensuring they are at the correct safe distance. This can be a general check-up and examination as well as repair processes and to check wheel formation sets.  

Disk Brakes Profile Gauges

Disk break profile gauges are used to check the thickness of the break discs on railway vehicles. This is an important safety process to ensure the railway vehicle is fit for use. 

Calibration wheel gauges for Railway

Because of the applications these devices are used for, it is imperative that they are calibrated on a regular basis – we would at least every 12 months.

To discuss the calibration options we offer please contact us.

For more information on wheel gauge in railway please contact us. The Riftek product range is available to view on our website.

For more information please contact: Ixthus Instrumentation Email: Tel:+44 (0) 1327  353437 Fax: +44 (0) 1327 353564

Article date: Mon, 09 Nov 2020 15:23:32 +0000 GMT

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