Railinc reports that development of the new UMLER Equipment Management Information System (UMLER/EMIS) is on track to launch July 25. The new system is a major reengineering of the 40-year-old legacy system that is embedded in rail industry operations, serving railroads, equipment owners, shippers and repair shops.
"The new UMLER system will directly impact how equipment owners and their agents conduct business," said Alan McDonald, director of the EMIS Project for Railinc, the Cary, N.C.-based subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads. "The new UMLER system processes transactions immediately, has higher-quality data, and gives users greater control over managing equipment information."
The project is currently in the user acceptance testing phase, and still has a few critical milestones to reach before implementation.
Railinc recently launched the website www.railinc.com/umler to help users learn about the new system. Railinc's UMLER team also is giving demonstrations of the new system at town hall meetings and industry-related conventions throughout the year, including the ASLRRA convention later this month in Nevada.
User training for the new UMLER system includes webinars, online demos and an online "sandbox" where users can learn to use the new system. Training for the new system begins in late May.