Trimble® CouplerView®-CrossKey is an automatic wayside detection system that is designed to inspect E-Type coupler securement components at mainline speeds. It uses a high-speed strobe digital imaging system to acquire multiple images of every cross key (draft key) and the surrounding area for inspection.
The system inspects the cross key and its securement mechanism. Failure of such securement parts is a source of delay and derailments in freight operations. It operates on passing trains at mainline operational speeds up to 85 mph (140 km/h). All cross keys are imaged from both front and back—including the area under the center sill for proper E/F coupler classification.Datasheet
Automate and complete E-Type coupler securement (cross key/draft key) component inspections quicker, minimizing time taken, costs, and issues that disrupt service.
With accurate measurements at mainline operational speeds there is minimal disruption to rolling stock schedules.
CouplerView works in even the toughest environments and at night so field workers are not in unpleasant or unsafe working conditions thereby reducing the risk to their safety.
Providing digital records that are usable across operations and maintenance CouplerView reduces manual and paper-based workflows saving time and money. Critical issues are flagged and reported automatically so that corrective actions can be taken with less impact on service.
CouplerView requires no track structure modification for ease of installation.