VA System for Coal Wagons
IMC has developed a Video Analytic system for coal trains. The video below demonstrates a VA system that detects coal hang-ups in wagons at unloading stations.
The system was implemented to reduce the number of operators required to simultaneously monitor the unloading process. A single operator is able to simultaneously monitor several unloading streams and the system can automatically alert the operator in the event of a coal hang-up.
This particular installation required the system be integrated into a Pelco Endura 2 video monitoring interface.
Extended capabilities of the coal train VA system include:
- Train speed – the system can monitor the speed that the train is travelling
- Train tracking – track the progress of a train during the loading/unloading stage
- Wagon/Locomotive ID number detection – using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology numbers from the front/top/sides of locomotives and wagons can be "read"
- Automate loading/unloading trigger staging – further automate the loading/unloading process by providing accurate positional feedback of wagon location
- Operational Data – Combined with thermal imaging can detect and monitor temperature data (such as wheel bearings) and record with wagon ID to allow preventative maintenance scheduling
- Wheel slip – detect wheel slip of wagons to assist in maintenance scheduling
- Confirmation of door open/closed – Ensure that wagon doors are correctly opened/closed during any stage of the transport stream
- Any data generated by the system, such as ID numbers etc., can be logged to a database for maintenance and historical records or used to overlay onto real-time footage, for example show wagon ID number when looking at wagon from top down, where the ID is not visible.
- The above system can be translated to most bulk commodity transport systems, such as iron ore or other mineral handling processes