New Coupled-In-Motion Controller Weighs Rail Cars in Minutes

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The new model IND9R86 scale controllers from METTLER TOLEDO weigh coupled railroad cars while a train is in motion, eliminating the costs and hazards of uncoupling and positioning each car for weighing. The IND9R86 dynamic weighing controller, integrated with a METTLER TOLEDO dynamic rail scale, allows for automated weighing of entire trains as they cross the scale at speeds up to 6 mph. Individual rail car weights are obtained without uncoupling cars, and train total weights are automatically calculated. Rail car identification information from an RFID tag is integrated into the weighing record. The controller stores and prints weight information for any length train, even those exceeding several hundred cars, and provides data storage for hundreds of trains.

The new model IND9R86 scale controllers from METTLER TOLEDO weigh coupled railroad cars while a train is in motion, eliminating the costs and hazards of uncoupling and positioning each car for weighing. The IND9R86 dynamic weighing controller, integrated with a METTLER TOLEDO dynamic rail scale, allows for automated weighing of entire trains as they cross the scale at speeds up to 6 mph. Individual rail car weights are obtained without uncoupling cars, and train total weights are automatically calculated. Rail car identification information from an RFID tag is integrated into the weighing record. The controller stores and prints weight information for any length train, even those exceeding several hundred cars, and provides data storage for hundreds of trains.

The system includes an industrial PC with Windows® XP, 240 x 64 graphical display or LCD monitor, rail wheel detector interface, scale terminal for MTX® Powercell or Analog scale connection and interface to local printer. Optional interfaces to PLC protocols, such as EtherNet/IP™, ControlNet™, Profibus® and AB RIO™, are available. The IND9R86 CIM controller is designed to meet or exceed NIST HB-44 and OIML requirements.

Flexibility of Measurements
The IND9R86 is capable of both unattended or attended operation modes. The unattended operation mode allows for automatic weighing and data capture, so no operator is required. In the attended mode, user-friendly Windows® interface allows the operator to weigh trains, enter car information and print train reports using a standard keyboard and mouse commands.

The rollback detection and recovery feature allows for accurate and complete train weighing, even if the train reverses direction, such as in load-out operations. The remote monitoring and system control allows for alerting train operators via portable radio or warning lights of conditions such as train over-speed or rail car overweight, plus provides the ability to place system in weighing mode via portable radio or other input device.

The expanded diagnostics used with METTLER TOLEDO DigiTOL® load cells finds potential trouble all the way down to the load cell level, allowing users to take corrective action before a problem occurs. The IND9R86 can be used in new installations or as part of a retrofit project using either a METTLER TOLEDO or other brand weighbridge and load cells.

METTLER TOLEDO is recognized as the global leader in weighing solutions for industrial, retail and laboratory applications. The company plans to continue its focus on developing customer-oriented weighing solutions that harness the power and flexibility of the leading technologies.

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