VTG and Nexxiot are working together for equip the double pocket wagon fleet with maintenance–free sensor for keeping check on the loading of road going semi-trailers which are put on pocket wagons.
Under the collaboration VTG is pilot testing Nexxiot’s Kingpin Monitor solution which detects whether the kingpin is engaged and whether the hitch status is open or locked. There are two displays on the sensor set itself and one of these is each placed at either side of the railcar.
All collected and transmitted data by Nexxiot will be collated in VTG’s platform. This ensures both instant confirmation feedback for in field operators, and also transparency for controllers and decision makers in the management offices. This also means that automated checks can be made at any point in the journey. The data can be used to confirm and trigger essential events, and business processes can be linked to these checks to ensure sound connection and engagement of these safety enhancing components. Data can also be used to investigate should an event take place.
The sensor application is currently being tested on a total of 70 double pocket wagons under some of the harshest industrial conditions and for highly sensitive and demanding cargo requirements. The provided the results of the test series confirm that the technology creates significant value for these types of assets in the supply chain.
A full rollout for all double pocket wagons is planned to start in November 2021 and will be completed by 2022.
Through the new solution VTG will benefit the safest and most secure pocket wagons in the industry. The maintenance–free sensor solution is an additional safety measure and at the same time an important aid for customers and loading staff. It offers more security for employees on site, especially in the dark. Crane drivers and ground staff are well versed in handling trailers. When visibility is poor, they often have to carry out the inspection with flashlights and rely on an acoustic signal that the pin emits when it is correctly inserted into the support frame. The sensor provides certainty, because an LED light on the control module signals that the pin is correctly positioned. A second LED indicates that the locking latch is engaged.