Progress Rail, a Caterpillar Company, has purchased Brazilian software firm and consultancy Nitryx, adding network optimization, yard planning, crew management and a rail movement planner to its Advanced Rail Technology (ART) product line.
Nitryx serves the transportation and supply chain industries. Its products—offered primarily in Brazil—will be able to support North American Class I and global mining railroads through customization, according to Progress Rail.
“We are excited to welcome the Nitryx team to Progress Rail, and look forward to working together to execute our ART automation strategy and further develop products with our existing team,” Progress Rail Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing Paul Denton said. “Railroads are looking for technology investments to improve their efficiencies beyond what is captured in Precision Scheduled Railroading initiatives. With the addition of Nitryx, we can offer comprehensive automation solutions that improve our customers’ fuel efficiency, optimize network capacity, and meet sustainability and emissions goals.”
Progress Rail’s ART suite includes the EMD Joule™ battery switcher; TALOS® Energy Management, AESS and SmartConsist™ for fuel savings; PR Uptime™ for predictive maintenance; PowerView™ for event recording, fuel monitoring and track inspection; and TALOS® ATO (Automatic Train Operation) products.