Rail Inspection Companies

Rail Inspection Companies
Rail Testing

Safety-driven rail organizations understand the value that reliable rail inspection companies can bring. Applied Technical Services, established in 1967, has grown into one of the leading NDT companies in North America. From the East Coast to the West Coast, our SNT-TC-1A Certified Technicians can perform thorough inspections on your rails. Rails may bear defects from manufacturing and welding processes, which can be exacerbated by constant exposure to stresses such as contact fatigue and corrosion. Over time, they will show deterioration and defects as a result of these factors. Proactive rail companies uphold routine inspection schedules that meet industry standards.

Rail Areas That Need Routine Inspections:
  • Head
  • Web
  • Foot
  • Switchblades
  • Welds
  • Bolt Holes
NDT Inspection Methods Offered By ATS:
  • Ultrasonic Testing
  • Phased Array Testing
  • Eddy Current Testing
  • Magnetic Particle Testing
  • Radiography
Type of Rails Inspected:
  • Class 1 Railroads
  • Commuter Rails
  • Light Rails
  • Monorails
  • Streetcar
  • Tram / Trolley Rails

There are many types of defects and discontinuities that can be revealed during a routine inspection.  Any of these indications and failures could eventually lead to catastrophic conditions if not properly identified and addressed.

Common Defects and Failures:
  • Bolt Hole Cracks
  • Horizontal Cracks at Web Foot Junction
  • Transverse Fatigue Cracks in Head
  • Horizontal Cracks at Head Web Junction
  • Horizontal Cracks at Stop and Bottom Fillet Radius
  • Lack of Fusion, Cracks, Porosity, Slag Inclusions in Welds
  • Transverse Cracks in Rail Foot
  • Transverse Fractures
  • Traverse Cracks in Rail Foot
  • Vertical — Longitudinal Slits in Head
Why ATS? A Leader Among Rail Inspection Companies!

Make ATS your top choice among Rail Inspection Companies! ATS has earned an excellent reputation nationally and internationally by focusing on customer service. We have listed some of our top priorities when offering rail inspection services:

  • ATS provides safe rail inspections — All employees actively participate in ATS’ Official Safety Program. Through continual safety education throughout the year, our experts are constantly reminded of safety standards and how they can bring safety awareness to their jobs.
  • ATS delivers quality rail testing and inspections — ATS’ pursuit of quality, and its improvement, is a continuous process with measurable objectives. Our QA Department assists in keeping our employees trained, qualified, and up to date with certifications. As a sign of our commitment to quality, we have earned multiple accreditations and certifications granted by federal, state, and local governments, as well as other governing bodies and regulatory agencies.
  • ATS’ rail inspectors are professional — Our engaged technicians provide professional services in a timely manner. They arrive on time, properly equipped to perform safe and accurate inspections. Test procedures are performed in accordance with applicable standards and specifications. We provide instant results and detailed reporting.

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