Digital Solutions for Brake Measurement

KLD Labs offers automated wayside measurement equipment for assessing the wear conditions of brake shoes/pads/discs. In addition, we also offer portable tools for assessing the brake discs.

The BrakeScan™ system automates the brake inspection process and provides immediate feedback on the brake wear condition of each vehicle, car or wagon that passes wayside measurement system.  By incorporating the latest imaging technology, the BrakeScan™ system acquires high resolution brake profile images and performs dimensional measurements on each brake in real-time.  Brake shoe as well as axle mounted, wheel mounted and outboard mounted disc brake measurement solutions are available for freight and passenger rail.  These systems can also be integrated with other wayside detectors including wheel profile, wheel impact and hot wheel detection systems that identify a malfunctioning brakes and other supporting vehicle inspection systems.  All BrakeScan™ measurements and vehicle identification information is captured and archived on KLD’s web enabled TrainBase© data management application for detailed analyses, trending and exception reporting.


  • Detect and Measure Brake Shoes
  • Detect and Measure Pads and Hollow Discs
  • Accurately Identify Disc Brake Sets Exceeding Wear Standards
  • Collect Brake Profile Data for Disc Resurfacing or Replacement
  • Database Brake Measurements and Vehicle Historical Information

For further information on our automated brake measurement solutions contact KLD Labs here.

For portable brake assessment the MiniProf BT Brake instrument is an easy to use, lightweight and wireless handheld tool for monitoring cross sectional profiles of the brake disc. It is magnetically attached to the to the brake rotor. The user interface is either a Windows 10 notebook or tablet. The instrument can be used on many different brake types ranging from cheek to axles mounted designs. The MiniProf BT Brake instrument is supported by the new Envision software suite that facilitates measurement, storage and analysis of all results. Ruggedized notebooks and tablets pre-loaded with the Envision software, can be provided by KLD Labs.  For more information on the MiniProf BT Brake Instrument go here.  For answers to questions and a product quotation go to KLD Labs here.