Weighwell has recently supplied and commissioned a PTW Bogie Weighing System in Naples for bogies which will be used on future high-speed trains for Trenitalia. The bogies were originally part of the AnsaldoBreda-manufactured V250 trainsets.
The flexible and highly accurate nature of the rail scale allows the weighing of individual bogies. The benefit of providing a rail scale under each wheel is that the hydraulic cylinders of the bogie press can evenly distribute the load within set parameters (tolerances). The portable weighing system can also be moved to accommodate different wheel centres and allow continuous production. The Bogie Weighing System provides a cost effective solution for future rolling stock projects.
Furthermore, Weighwell’s ptwX software communicates with the weighing system through wireless technology and automatically outputs the weighing information via PDF or .csv file formats. In addition the train weighing software provides customisable options suited to specific maintenance programs such as “live” tolerance information (to indicate several error conditions), the ability to select different weighing units and view previous weighing reports.
The high speed rolling stock is currently going through various technical modifications and tests with a select number of trainsets (to be known as the ETR 700) set to enter service later this year. The 17 overhauled trainsets are to be used primarily for regional and intercity services.