Pandrol’s new Connect app enables complete end-to-end data coverage across the aluminothermic welding sector. The technology reflects Pandrol’s core ethos in offering an unrivalled customer experience – maximising rail infrastructure availability, safety and lifetime value.
The app was developed in response to the issues of weld traceability, which can be a major challenge in areas where many different contractors are involved. Efficient traceability is essential to gather, trend and spot anomalies in weld performance data – essential also for optimising costs. The app enables live data capture, a significant time saver for contactor teams.
The app has three modules:
- A mobile version for welders to record on-site data and for welding controllers to review data
- An online monitoring app to review weld information from the office
- An online administration tool to apply settings to local standards
Pandrol defines the industry standard across the aluminothermic welding sector and has developed the Connect app with alignment to Industry 4.0, as a commitment to visibility and optimisation of the entire value chain.
Pandrol started work on developing the welding app back in 2016, the objective of which was to develop an open platform which would facilitate the recording and transmission of the data between all welding parties, including railway authorities, welding companies and welding kit suppliers. All data is stored in the cloud for easy sharing to contractors and the network, automatically.
Available for Android, the app has already been used, with great success, by Pandrol’s welding services teams and contractors across the UK and France.
Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and has resulted in enhancements to the app, including the latest innovation to include a news function that improves weld documentation opportunities and data sharing overall.