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Undercarriage inspection system

First publishedin World Highways
September 2018
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The new undercarriage inspection system can cut unplanned downtime and machine servicing costs
A new system is being offered that can improve the efficiency of undercarriage inspections, maximising machine uptime.


Integrated with Cygnus 4+ Ultrasonic Thickness Gauge (UT), TrackTreads developed an Undercarriage Tool to monitor a machine’s undercarriage tool quickly and effectively. Thickness measurements are taken on each undercarriage component using the Cygnus Ultrasonic Thickness Gauge. Connected to a mobile application via Bluetooth, the data is used to calculate the percentage worn and record images and observations. Inspections can be done offline and then synced with the cloud.

Typical components measured using the UT are track rollers, carrier rollers, shoes, bushes, links and, in some cases, idlers. The firm claims that undercarriage management using this system offers various benefits.

The package provides an immediate figure for the wear percentage and gives comparisons with prior inspection measurements and can identify problems causing excessive wear rates. It can also boost component life and predict when it is best to replace components, reducing emergency delivery costs and unplanned downtime. It can also better match components to the application, preventing premature wear, while optimising maintenance for mixed fleets.

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