Eliminate CSE for Railcar Inspection with the STIK™

Priscilla Johnson

Content Marketing Lead

How to transform the future:

  • Step 1: Look at how things are currently doing done.
  • Step 2: Do it better.
  • Step 3: Celebrate the fact that you’ve mitigated human, environmental and business risk and prevented/prepared for the unexpected, ultimately transforming the future.

Is it really that simple? With IM3™ technology, it can be.

Take railcar inspection for example. Currently, these inspections are mostly a manual process that depends on the accuracy and knowledge of qualified inspection personnel to evaluate the state of freight cars for safe and efficient operation. With over 1.6 million freight cars in service throughout North America, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and individual railroad mechanical departments regulate routine assessments of railcars to detect mechanical and structural damage or defects.

Every time a rail or tank car leaves an industrial facility, terminal or yard, FRA regulations require that the car be inspected. The current inspection process is labour intensive and lacks a level of objectivity. In addition to the innate safety concerns and efficiency challenges of manual inspections, records of these inspections are usually not retained unless a billable repair is needed. With a lack of transparency of the health or pattern analysis of a car, the maintenance of railcar structural components typically ends up being reactive rather than predictive, making repairs and maintenance less efficient. While manual walkaround inspections are invaluable, Inuktun has developed a solution to improve the railcar inspection process.

Known as the STIK™, the Inuktun Spectrum Tank Inspection Kit offers the solution to insure inspection efficiency and reduce the time that inspectors are exposed to the hazards of the rail yard / car environment. And it facilitates preventive or condition-based maintenance. With the ability to monitor specified parameters related to railcar integrity, liner health or general degradation, preventative or corrective actions can be taken prior to failure. The automated remote visual inspection (RVI) offered by the STIK™ delivers objective data that can be used to determine remaining useful life and ensure better utilization of inspection and repair resources. And, in turn, it provides increased safety to the environment, personnel and business operations.

The STIK™ eliminates the need for confined space entries (CSEs), and the operator employing the camera system requires no specialty training. The user-friendly setup features familiar PC control of all RVI functions through Inuktun proprietary control and operations software, ICON™. And, automated inspection routines can be setup to implement comparative data analysis and continuing monitoring of the rail car’s structural health. Easy to setup and dismantle, the STIK™ is the budget friendly solution that can ultimately save you dollars by detecting potential defects before they become a costly problem.

Inspect the unexpected with the STIK™. Contact us today to learn how to transform the future.