• News

Supply Side: Harsco Corporation, GEGI

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
Genesis Electronics Group, Inc.’s autonomous battery-electric Glīd road/rail vehicles (pictured) will now include a rail inspection system.

Genesis Electronics Group, Inc.’s autonomous battery-electric Glīd road/rail vehicles (pictured) will now include a rail inspection system.

Harsco Corporation changes its legal name to Enviri Corporation. Also, Genesis Electronics Group, Inc. (GEGI) is adding rail testing and safety inspection capabilities to its experimental autonomous battery-electric Glīd road/rail vehicles.

Harsco Corporation/Enviri Corporation

Harsco Corporation on June 5 reported that its new name, Enviri Corporation, reflects its transformation over the past four years into an “environmental solutions company that provides services to manage, recycle, and beneficially reduce waste and byproducts across many industries.” The company will begin trading under the NYSE ticker “NVRI” on June 19. Based in Philadelphia, Penn., Enviri operates out of more than 150 locations in 30-plus countries.

The three company divisions—Harsco Rail, a global supplier for track maintenance and construction management; Harsco Environmental, an environmental services and solutions provider for the steel industry; and Clean Earth, an environmental and regulated waste management services provider—will continue to operate under their existing names.

“As we considered where we are today, how our business has evolved and our commitment to the environment, it is important to have a name and brand identity that align with this image,” Enviri Corporation Chairman and CEO Nick Grasberger said. “We are energized as we enter into this new era and look forward to continuing to operate with the same commitment to excellence that has been part of the company’s legacy for more than 170 years, while providing value for our investors, customers, partners and the communities in which we operate.”


Salt Lake City-based tech startup GEGI on June 6 reported that its experimental autonomous battery-electric Glīd road/rail vehicles will be equipped with rail inspection technology that can be used during revenue service.

Glīd is a wholly owned subsidiary of GEGI, and its technology is designed to enable “two specially made ‘Glīder’ vehicles to independently and autonomously move under an unaltered, fully loaded semi-trailer, connect to both the kingpin and rear axle, and then lift the trailer,” GEGI described. “Once the trailer is lifted off the ground, the Glīders, using a uniquely designed wheel system, will be able to access railroad tracks, deploy rail wheels [much like a hi-rail vehicle], and then transport the semi-trailer at speeds of up to 80 mph on battery power. Each Glīder would exit the rails onto a [facility] where a semi-tractor could then pick up the trailer and take it on the final leg of its destination.”

Each Glīder unit pair will now offer a rail inspection system, according to GEGI, which said comprises “high-quality point-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera systems and 3DLOC software that enables the Glīder to geotag data during the inspection and download it directly to Glīd’s database as a part of our GLaaS (Glīder-as-a-Service) product offering.” This allows the Glīder to inspect the rail and track as it traverses to its destination, while providing a comprehensive report on its findings to the customer and the rail owner, enabling each to “plan outages more precisely and efficiently, resulting in reduced down time and lost revenue,” GEGI reported.

Last month, Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad, a 33-mile Class III in Washington State, entered a partnership with GEGI to provide rail access to the company’s Glīd road/rail vehicle. Vancouver, Wash.-based trucking transportation and logistics company Taylor Transport is a participant in Glīd testing.

Tags: , , , , , , ,