Industrial Networks (INet), which provides railyard automation and data acquisition systems for manufacturing and shipping operations in North America, has created the INet rail automation drone (IRAD1).
INet currently provides stationary and mobile automated equipment identification (AEI) readers. According to the company, the addition of the IRAD1 to INet’s arsenal of AEI-scanning tools will help customers create work environments that are specific to their business, including alleviating manual data-entry errors and expediting the turnaround of railcars within a facility.
The company says the IRAD1 will be capable of fully autonomous scanning of the railyard for inventory and inspection of a railcar. In addition, built into the drone is a collision-avoidance system to help the aircraft avoid objects in the flight path and reinforce safety.
“Advancement in drone technology has allowed Industrial Networks to explore what we feel is the future of rail automation,” says Jimmy Finster, president of INet. “We are continuously researching new and innovative ways to help our customers improve their operations and streamline their daily processes.”