Bi-CAT

What is bi-CAT

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bi-CAT on track ready for operation

RailMeasurement have developed the bi-CAT to give an instrument that measures two rails simultaneously with the same accuracy as the CAT, and which can still be transported to site, assembled and used by a single person.  The bi-CAT uses the same technology as the CAT and essentially the same software to measure rail corrugation and acoustic roughness on both rails simultaneously at a comfortable walking speed of 3-4km/h (1m/s).  The bi-CAT packs into the same size of plastic instrument case as a CAT, but has an additional plastic box that contains the framework.  The total weight of the equipment and carrying cases is less than 28kg.

The bi-CAT can be used on flat-bottomed (Vignole), embedded or grooved rails.

We expect the main use of the bi-CAT to be for corrugation surveys and during rail reprofiling work, particularly for those clients who have to collect measurements in a short time window. The equipment was indeed developed at the request of these users.