Wheel flaws are one of the primary causes of derailments and other railroad accidents. IEM’s Handheld Wheel Flaw Detector enables rapid, accurate, and reliable evaluation of rail wheels for cracks, gouges, pits, cuts, spalling, and other flaws that could compromise the integrity of the wheel.

Key Features and Benefits:

  • Non Destructive: Uses state of the art EMAT technology to interrogate the rail wheel with a safe acoustic wave.
  • Portable: The design is light-weight and compact
  • Easy to Use: Designed for ease of use in a railroad shop environment.
  • Intelligent: The flaw detector employs robust signal processing software to extract signals from flaws in the wheels and then applies an expert system to interpret those signals. The user does not need to interpret raw data.
  • Fast: Can interrogate a wheel and find flaws in less than 1 second.
  • Sensitive: Ability to detect flaws as small as 6.5 mm with depths at 1.5 mm

The Handheld Wheel Flaw Detector consists of a sensor head and controller that locate flaws on railroad wheels and measures their size and depth. By providing accurate, factual wheel flaw data, the Handheld Wheel Flaw Detector enables railroad managers to take corrective action when defects are identified prior to wheel failure, thereby avoiding potential derailments. This flaw detector is designed specifically for the railroad industry and is based on IEM’s more than twenty years of railroad wheel measurement experience worldwide.