INTEGRAL Diagnostic Train

With its commitment to a comprehensive approach for managing the operation of non-destructive testing and technical diagnostics in railway transport, TVEMA has focused primarily on the application of mobile diagnostic systems.

The INTEGRAL diagnostic train for automatic assessment of technological infrastructure facilities was developed by TVEMA on the basis of cutting-edge Technologies in cooperation with leading research institutions. The uniqueness of this train lies in the fact that it integrates in the framework of a single diagnostic train a multitude of various inspection subsystems providing measurement and processing of over 100 parameters of condition assessment for various objects. Even the subsystems are mounted on different locations in the inspection vehicle their measurement results as well as all data acquired is localised to the true geographic -and track- coordinates.

The train provides an assessment of all facilities of the railway infrastructure: track and other buildings and structures, rail automation and telemetry devices, electrification and electric power supply equipment, communication devices. In fact, the INTEGRAL replaces as many as 7 diagnostic vehicles, for example, the NDT vehicle, track geometry vehicle, high-speed track inspection vehicle, tunnel inspection vehicle, catenary inspection vehicle, railway automation and telemetry vehicle, radio link inspection vehicle. In addition, INTEGRAL is also equipped with a georadar roadbed inspection system and a visual defect detection system, which is at present unprecedented, applied on the railways of Russia and CIS countries.

Such versatile diagnostics integrated into a single train are one of the primary competitive advantages of the INTEGRAL. It not only provides increased quality of scheduled inspections of the condition of railway infrastructure facilities, but also ensures savings on resources required for these inspections.

First of all, the application of the INTEGRAL diagnostic train reduces traffic gaps required for inspection with dedicated mobile vehicles and optimises the train traffic schedule. This entails reduction of expenditures for personnel servicing the diagnostic equipment and a reduction in the amount of traction units allocated for inspection travels. Due to integrated data monitoring, the reliability of failure development analysis is increased. Procedures, which submit analytical results for scheduling fault corrections, are simplified by the availability of an automated transmission of data to external systems. This transmission subsystem is implemented in the hardware and software of the INTEGRAL diagnostic train.

Finally, INTEGRAL provides the storage of all the inspections results from the various diagnostic systems in a single archive. INTEGRAL boosts the optimisation of the railway infrastructure’s technical facilities by providing maintenance and the repair schedules.

Presently INTEGRAL diagnostic vehicles operate on several Russian railways. 

All diagnostic systems applied in the INTEGRAL train have been developed on the base of innovative technology and provide enhanced accuracy of the forecasting calculations. Quite a few subsystems of the INTEGRAL are unique and have no equivalents whether in Russia or abroad.