GE Transportation unveils two new rail products

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CHICAGO – GE Transportation has unveiled its RailConnect 360 Monitoring and Diagnostics and ShipperConnect software at the second annual Minds and Machines Conference in Chicago this week.

“Our focus remains on developing solutions to address the rail industry’s most pressing issues,” GE Transportation CEO Russell Stokes says. “The debut of our RailConnect 360 Monitoring and Diagnostics and ShipperConnect software technologies further illustrate our unwavering commitment to leveraging intelligent machines to deliver breakthrough levels of efficiency and productivity for our customers.”

By collecting and analyzing performance data during locomotive operations, GE Transportation’s RailConnect 360 software automates diagnostics and root cause analysis to enable streamline maintenance. The result is improved reliability and availability, ultimately delivering critical time and cost-savings. On top of providing locomotive status and performance information, monitoring solutions enable advanced planning of resources and materials, informed decision making for building train consists, and running and routing locomotives en route.

“GET’s RailConnect 360 software services has increased quality repairs and improved track availability and shop throughput at Vale. However, the ambition is even higher: we want to expand our condition monitoring program and focus on predictive analytics, taking benefits of a stochastic approach to surpass the barriers of real time and have failures predicted weeks in advance. From our standpoint, GE is the right partner to reach that, since GE bundles all resources and vision to imagine and create it,” says Rodolfo Frederico, Vale Mining & Logistics global procurement general manager.

GE Transportation also unveiled the cloud-based ShipperConnect software suite that allows rail shippers and terminal operators to automate operations, manage inventory and control transportation costs. The system includes business intelligence reporting tools that help customers make better decisions and respond faster to dynamic market conditions.

Launch customer, Ohio-based Fairmount Minerals, is one of the largest producers of industrial sand in North America. It is implementing ShipperConnect software at 49 locations to improve inventory management and increase railcar utilization for for crude oil drilling operations.

One week ago, at Railway Interchange 2013 in Indianapolis, GE Transportation introduced new diesel locomotive technology for EPA Tier 4 compliance.
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