The UMLER (Universal Machine Language Equipment Register) system that railroads, equipment owners, shippers, and repair shops been using since 1969 is undergoing a major transformation to state-of-the-art technology.
Railinc says that the new Umler/EMIS (Umler Equipment Management Information System) “is one of the most significant and far-reaching technology changes in the rail industry” and “is on-track and on-target” for launch on July 25, 2009. “This project is a major re-engineering of the 40-year-old legacy system and represents a giant technological leap forward,” says Alan McDonald, director of the EMIS project (pictured). “The new Umler system processes transactions immediately, has higher quality data, and gives users greater control over managing equipment information. It will directly impact how equipment owners and their agents conduct business. We’re reaching out now to demonstrate how the system can help them better manage their fleets.”
Railinc notes there are still critical milestones that must be reached before Umler/EMIS can be implemented. “System testing has begun and the project’s data quality initiative is well under way,” says McDonald. “We’re currently contacting equipment owners to make sure that their equipment meets the data requirements of the new system. Communication around this effort will continue until early summer.”
Railinc has launched a new website, www.railinc.com/umler, to help users learn about the new system. Railinc’s Umler/EMIS team also is giving demonstrations of the new system at town hall meetings and industry-related conventions throughout the year. User training for the new Umler system includes webinars, online demos, and an online “sandbox” where users can learn the new system. Training begins in late May. Meeting schedules and training information are available at www.railinc.com/rportal/web/guest/umleremis.