The RailHawk system is designed to scan the pit infeed as cars are indexed in. Advanced algorithms are used to identify capstans that pass by. When a capstan is detected, its orientation is recorded and its position is tracked through the entire pit. An automated Car Door Opener (CDO) is then dispatched to the capstan, where it automatically aligns, inserts, and opens the gate.
Since the RailHawk continually scans & tracks each railcar, the system has the flexibility to operate on cars that are coupled, uncoupled, stationary, or in motion. In addition, the system will detect when the grain is unloading and – when unloading is complete – it triggers the gate-closing sequence automatically.