Product Info

Smart Oil Plug®

The railroad industry has, historically, rejected any electronic device designed to monitor the operation of the final drives, as adding sensors and associated wiring under harsh operating conditions, would inevitably create new operational and maintenance problems which is monitoring system itself. In rail gear applications, such devices would inevitably require frequent repairs due to cable damage from accidental mechanical damages induced by flying ballast, and vegetation occasionally present under the bogies. As a result, the rail industry does not presently rely on any final drive condition monitoring technology. Instead, almost the entire fleet globally, rely on unnecessarily frequent, precautionary and expensive gearbox overhauls.

Our innovative Smart Oil Plug® technology, offers significant benefits not only by extending the maintenance intervals but also by providing real-time continuous monitoring. Our simple GUI (Graphical User Interface) enables a global overview of the health of all final drives and transmissions anytime and anywhere.

Key features:

  • The collected analytical data is periodically transferred from the Smart Oil Plug® to a local receiver which is mounted under the bogie. All operations are performed wirelessly without any interference.
  • Data transmission via GSM/GPRS network to a secure Global Data Network Server, where it is automatically analyzed and reported in the form of a technical document.
  • Ability to view analytical data anywhere in the world via our secure Global Data Network (GDN).
  • Occurrence of an editable alert threshold results in an automatic report (SMS or e-mail) that will be sent to the customer.

Detectable parameters reported by SOP®:

  • Gearbox temperature monitoring.
  • Excessive vibrations and route cause analysis (sampled at 6.4kHz per channel).
  • Ferromagnetic Oil Debris detection and monitoring.
  • Wheel Flat detection.
  • Rail quality monitoring.
  • Cardan Shaft monitoring (spline clearance, out of balance, missing bolts and spline seizure).
  • Oil starvation monitoring.
  • Reporting excessive rail induced shocks.