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BNSF to boot up new Umler system on Nov. 7

On Saturday, BNSF Railway Co. will implement the new Umler™ system as part of an industry-wide initiative.

Railroads, rail shops, equipment owners, shippers and lessees use Umler — which also is known as the Equipment Management Information System, or EMIS — to exchange vital rail equipment information. Umler manages data regarding rail-car and locomotive components, such as bearings, truck bolsters and brake pipes.

“Ultimately, this new system will reduce delays caused by unscheduled inspections and repairs, help prevent derailments, increase car velocity, and minimize car loss and damages,” BNSF officials said in an item posted on the “BNSF News” Web site.

Railinc, which manages Umler, cut over from the old UMLER to the new system on Aug. 31. Since then, several Class Is — including Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern Railway Co. — have implemented the new Umler.

For more information on Umler, follow this link to read a news article (“Overcoming the language barrier”) that appeared in Progressive Railroading’s July issue.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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