On-board Brake Monitoring System

  • Railroad Projects

The objective of this program was to improve safety, reduce human factors accidents, and improve the train operations. Fulcrum designed, built and demonstrated the brake monitoring system to industry. The system provides the industry with a means to detect problems with components and repair them before failure. It also provides the ability to assess braking status and wear poses an obvious safety risk to the railroad industry. Currently, the brakeman physically inspects all of the brakes before the train leaves the yard. Human factors errors can occur that may lead to incidents. Railroads maintenance personnel want to be informed of probable brake problems before potential brake failure occurs.