Freight cars can spend up to two thirds of their transit time sitting idle in yards. Systems that optimize yard management can significantly increase throughput which increases the profitability of a route.
Axle counters are ideal for tracking the movement of rolling stock in yards. Axle counters (sensors) are fastened to the rail at the entry points of each track segment where they detect cars as the come in. Data from the sensors is sent to yard automation systems that assist with the sorting of stock.