Yard applications, whether Class 1 hump yards or 10-track flat yards, require efficiency in their yard automation to help save time and conserve resources. Various elements of yards, such as signaling, inventory management and switching operations, can be optimized using Frauscher wheel sensors and axle counters. This technology helps make navigating trains through tight spaces a vastly more efficient process, getting cars where they need to be in a timely fashion.
Track circuits have long been the standby in yard applications, but often require regular maintenance caused by various factors. Circuitry isn’t required in yards, though, opening up the possibility for alternative options, such as wheel sensors and axle counters. The low-maintenance, high-reliability characteristics of this technology results in greater uptime.