LaseRCD– Rail Car Dumper

The application LaseRCD (Rail Car Dumper) ensures a contactless detection of foreign objects and a reliable emptiness control for rotary rail car dumper stations (or so called “wagon tipplers”, rail wagon unloaders). This application uses 3D laser measurmeent technology with high accuracy, even under rugged conditions.


Two 3D-Laser scanners (one per wagon) are mounted above the wagons and the rail dumper. The application LaseRCD – Rotary Railcar Dumper collects the scanner data and performs all needed calculations.

Before tipping the wagons, the scanners measure the surface of the bulk material inside the wagons by swiveling the scan plane from one side of the wagon to the other. After the unloading procedure the scanners are swiveling back and measure the inner surface of each waggon. In both cases foreign objects or remaining material are detected, which can be seen within the software as 3D point cloud. Thus both a safe operation and efficient unlaoding is ensured.

Common system features

  • Determination of foreign objects on top of the material in wagons

  • Emptiness control after unloading process

  • Applicable for single or multiple dumping stations (tandem, triple, quadruple)

  • Wagon position and height measurement

  • Rugged construction type

  • Reliable measurement results

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