Automatic Coupler / Pin / Plate Inspection System
CouplerView-Pin is an automatic wayside detection system that is designed to detect defects in the F-type coupler securement mechanism. For F-type couplers, the system inspects the coupler vertical pin carrier plate or pins and the corresponding fasteners.
CouplerView-Pin processing algorithm classifies couplers into E and F types before the plate processing. If an E-type coupler is detected, no processing and reporting is done by this system.
If the coupler securement fails during train operation, there is a high probability that the coupler will “pull out” of the car in a draft situation, and in most cases this will result in the coupler falling between the cars and into the gage of the track. If the train is operating at track speed, this can result in a derailment.