Canada’s largest iron producer, Iron Ore of Canada (IOC), has awarded MERMEC Inc. with a contract to supply an inertial measurement system for checking the track geometry parameters and acquire full rail profile of the 261 miles (418 kilometers) of the Labrador -Sept- Iles line in Quebec (QNS&L).
MERMEC (mermecgroup.com) will equip an IOC measurement car with a track geometry measurement system based on contactless technology implemented by means of high precision optical and inertial sensors. In fact the optical sensors are used for rail profile measurements and calculation of rail characteristic points, while the inertial sensors provide a measure of the vehicle vertical, lateral and longitudinal accelerations as well as the vehicle roll, yaw and pitch rotational movements.
With this new measurement car, IOC aims to perform at least three complete measurement campaigns per year of its entire network between May and October. IOC owns and operates the Quebec North Shore & Labrador (QNS&L) railway, connecting its huge mine and process facilities, located near Labrador City and known as the Carol Project, to the company's shipping terminal deep water port in Sept-Îles, Quebec. The trains operating on this line are capable to haul up to 24,000 tonnes of ore in 240 cars stretching some four kilometers in length.
"IOC chose MERMEC Inc. for its vast experience in delivering state-of-the-art inertial based measuring systems, being the main supplier of track geometry worldwide.", said Luca Ebreo, MERMEC Inc. Chief Executive Officer "our know-how in delivering seamlessly integrated track geometry and rail profile solutions in the last 18 years has convinced an exigent customer as IOC to rely on us to keep its railway network as efficient and available as possible".
The integrated solution, which is expected to be delivered by the end of the year, will be installed on car bogie and will be compliant with the main North American standards.