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ShipperConnect™ software, part of GE Transportation’s RailConnect™ 360 suite of products, is a cloud-based solution designed to deliver the most accurate and up-to-date information for effectively managing your rail supply chain. From shippers, to yard owners, to railcar owners, ShipperConnect™ software empowers your team by delivering a single source of “the truth.”

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Addressing Challenges in Today’s Rail Supply Chain

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GE Transportation’s Optimization Solutions Announces 25th Annual Client Conference for the Rail Software Industry

ASLRRA 2015 Annual Convention

Visit GE Transportation March 28 - 31 in Orlando, Fla., Booth 403 to take an interactive tour of RailConnect 360, a connected suite of software solutions that provides data-driven insights to our customers.  Our focus areas are assets, operations and supply chain and the oucomes we are driving are utilization, velocity, dwell, productivity and fuel efficient.

Asset

RailConnect 360 is a connected suite of solutions that provides railroads and their customers with data-driven insights to address key customer pain points like velocity, fuel, asset utilization, productivity and dwell.  

Asset Manager gives detailed and accurate component configuration data to enable cost effective asset maintenance. 

Combo Health monitors critical factors like gear case oil level, temperature and vibration to ensure asset reliability.

Engine Health keeps vital assets running because, in the rail business, success rides on the health of locomotive assets. 

Expert on Alert tracks key performance data to ensure reliable, trouble-free locomotive operations with advanced analytic tools.   

The ExpressYard System for Railcar Maintenance Management, Repair and Inspection is the leading software solution for railcar repair shops to manage billing and maintenance operations and provide railcar owners with timely data, enhanced management information and decision-making tool to reduce maintenance costs. 

The GoLINC wireless network Hub makes it easier to send data where it’s needed, more efficiently than ever before.  

LocoCAM’s real-time video and audio monitoring aids in accident investigations to help reduce litigation and settlement costs. This onboard communication systems is designed to deliver reliable, affordable tools for communications of all types.

RailDOCS™ Wayside Asset Management System optimizes daily operations of railroad maintenance departments with a turnkey software solution. 

A state-of-the-art onboard train control system, Trip Optimizer (TO) functions much like an aircraft’s autopilot, learning a train’s characteristics, creating an optimal trip profile, then automatically controlling throttle and dynamic brakes to reduce fuel burn and ensure safe train handling for locomotives.

TurboHealth brings people, data and machines together to provide effective maintenance and enhance turbo life cycle. 

Network

RailConnect 360 is a connected suite of solutions that provides railroads and their customers with data-driven insights to address key customer pain points like velocity, fuel, asset utilization, productivity and dwell. 

Rail Network Optimization solutions are focused on unlocking network and yard efficiencies, resulting in increased capacity and velocity. Movement Planner is an advanced software solution that provides real-time traffic planning and optimization. Yard Planner System optimizes the operation of a rail yard, resulting in reduced car dwell time and improvement in on-time departures.  

 

Movement Planner is an advanced software solution that provides real-time traffic planning and optimization. It detects meet/pass conflicts and optimizes routes. Movement Planner considers multiple factors such as train schedules, traffic-control systems and train movements relative to each other and then develops an optimized traffic plan for the trains throughout the network.

Installed at a major Class 1 railroad, the system has resulted in a 10% increase in velocity, 50% reduction in expired crews and significant improvement in on-time performance in a key subdivision.

Movement Planner DS (Decision Support) brings planning to a whole new level. This advanced software solution uses real-time network data to help dispatchers manage trains across the network—from identifying potential scheduling conflicts to increasing the capacity and fluidity of your entire network. 

It provides support for quick and easy “meet-pass” decisions for all trains on the network, with train conflicts detection up to 24 hours in advance and ETA estimation accuracy of ±5 min, 2 hours in advance. Customers can move freight faster, at lower cost, using existing rails networks. 

OASIS is a leading Intermodal terminal operating system (TOS) used at 100 terminals in North America and handling more than 30 million gate moves and lifts annually. It allows operators to enhance yard and gate efficiency, reduce OpEx, increase yard equipment utilization, boost throughput to increase capacity, minimize errors and improve customer services. The system is estimated to save $2/lift in operating costs.

OASIS

 

Yard Planner System is an advanced software solution designed to optimize the operation of a rail classification yard. It helps train masters and yardmasters visualize yard state and plan yard activities and make optimal decisions on asset utilization and resource allocation leading to reduced car dwell and improvement in terminal productivity.

Yard Planner maximizes car connection performance (right car on right train) and reduces car dwell by planning & optimizing terminal operation activities without compromising outbound on-time departure performance.

Supply Chain

RailConnect 360 is a connected suite of solutions that provides railroads and their customers with data-driven insights to address key customer pain points like velocity, fuel, asset utilization, productivity and dwell. Part of RailConnect 360 is a holistic suite of shipper products that solve challenges when shipping by rail, ShipperConnect™, a cloud-based supply chain optimization suite designed for rail shippers, terminal operators, railcar owners and 3PLs.  

Solutions & Services

ShipperConnect helps industrial rail shippers automate rail operations, obtain shipment visibility and manage transportation assets and inventory. Shipment movements are visible at the plant, in-transit and at railroad yard and transload facilities to help customers make better shipment planning, scheduling and forecasting decisions.

 

Operations

RailConnect 360 is a connected suite of solutions that provides railroads and their customers with data-driven insights to address key customer pain points like velocity, fuel, asset utilization, productivity and dwell. 

Operations Optimization solutions bring sophisticated technologies and software applications to help the rail industry optimize operations and reduce energy use resulting in increased productivity, reduced operational expenses and reduction in fuel costs and emissions.

 

LOCOTROL® Distributed Power allows a single operator to control multiple sets of locomotives in the same train using a radio data link to relay commands from the Lead locomotive to Remote locomotives.

This proven system with an installed base of 15,000 systems enables longer trains, increased hauling capacity, better rail adhesion and improved fuel efficiency.

The RailConnect™ system delivers mission-critical software to support daily railroad operations including train and car management, revenue settlement and car hire accounting. 

More than 450 railroads across North America rely on RailConnect every day to manage their operations, eliminate manual processing, increase productivity and reduce costs. The system is delivered as Software as a Service providing a reliable and secure system thus avoiding costly investment in technology and infrastructure.

Trip Optimizer is an intelligent, fuel-saving cruise control for locomotive that optimizes fuel consumption based on a specific train’s make up and the route traveled. Trip Optimizer calculates optimal speeds by considering train make-up and route topography and automatically controls the throttle to achieve those speeds. An EPA-certified Energy Management System installed on over 4000 locomotives, Trip Optimizer is proved to provide 3-17% fuel savings and corresponding emissions reductions. Trip Optimizer provides a variety of features like automatic throttle & dynamic brake control and auto-independent distributed power control.

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