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AusRAIL PLUS: ENSCO technologies showcased

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Visitors to AusRAIL PLUS learned more about the services provided by ENSCO Rail, an international leader in track inspection technologies. 

The company has pioneered the use of innovations such as advanced rail inspection sensors, high-resolution imaging technology and autonomous inspection systems to improve track maintenance, providing customers with the best tools to ensure track and rolling stock safety, increase productivity and efficiency, and reduce operating costs. 

Business development manager for ENSCO Rail Australia, Andrew Meyer, said the highly advanced technology uses state-of-the-art sensors and algorithms to measure critical rail parameters in real-time.  

“We are specialists in any inspection of the rail tracks, their geometry, rail profile, any imaging of the the track clearance measurement around the rail corridor: we work in that space,” he said. 

We also recently acquired KLD Labs, a world-leading provider of automated wayside inspection technology and laser profiling solutions. KLD will continue to offer and support its world-class solutions and services to customers as an ENSCO subsidiary. 

“By combining the industry’s leading inspection technologies, engineering, and service teams, ENSCO and KLD will deliver unrivaled railway inspection technology of track and rolling stock.  

“KLD customers will benefit from ENSCO’s financial strength, technology investments, and global reach including a seasoned field service team operating throughout the world.” 

Meyer said Ensco started in 1969, and had about 775 employees worldwide. Based in Perth, the Australian division has been in the country for 10 years and has been an AusRAIL regular for the past eight. 

“We have worked with major mining companies and some of the passenger systems use our inspection vehicles as well. For example, we have an inspection vehicle at Metro Trains Melbourne and an inspection vehicle at Queensland Rail,” he said.  

“We have autonomous measurement equipment with Fortescue Metals in WA’s Pilbara. We have some  systems with BHP, and a big inspection vehicle at Roy Hill.” 

Meyer said what made ENSCO a valued business partner was its commitment to stand behind its products and support them. 

“When we say that we will deliver a particular system, we deliver it. It will work. And will be delivered in an agreed time frame, and I think that’s unusual in our industry,” he said. 

“I think our customers trust ENSCO as an advisor. We get a lot of repeat business from our customers and I think that’s because we do stand behind what we sell.” 

Meyer said the AusRAIL conference enabled the company not just to highlight to visitors that it had taken over KLD, giving it the rolling stock condition monitoring ability.  

“But the other thing that we’re talking about this year is the fact that we’re moving into railroad services. So we’re very interested to do more consulting work with railroads,” he said. 

“ENSCO has a quite deep bench of rail experience. So we would like to be the people to contact when there’s a problem on a railroad to do with track, to do with rolling stock.”