Coal Car Load Profiling System (CCLPS)
The Coal Car Load Profiling Systems (CCLPS) is an autonomous measurement system of coal profiles in open-top railcars. CCLPS uses laser scanning technology to measure the heights of coal profiles at a rate of 360 scans per second. Laser-derived data are compared to railroad specifications for coal loading, (i.e., maximum height, smoothness, angle of repose, etc.) and topical dust suppressant treatment quality, as both height and object intensity information are obtained from the laser scanning system. Material distribution and areas of dust suppression failure can be detected by CCLPS. Permenant CCLPS systems' data can be distributed to appropriate parties in real time to take action based upon the CCLPS results. Thresholds of material profiles and alerts are fully configurable.
CCLPS has also been used to detect mechanical defects of empty railcars.
Mobile and fixed systems have been utilized by the railroad industry since the 1990's.