The data obtained from the Infrastructure Measuring and Recording Car allows railway management to plan their maintenance effectively according to line priority and availability and urgency of defects detected. The highly sophisticated contactless laser system measures various track, rail, ballast profile and overhead traction geometry parameters at speeds of up to 100 km/h. The results are analysed and made available in various standard or customised reports. The results of various runs of the machine can also be plotted on the same graph providing a visual representation of track condition change over time.
The Plasser IM2000 has been on contract for more than a decade with Transnet Freight Rail, consistently achieving almost 100% availability.