September 21, 2016 – BERLIN, Germany – Progress Rail, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., is showcasing the latest technology solutions and one of the broadest offerings of rolling stock and infrastructure products for transit and heavy haul customers at InnoTrans 2016, the premier international trade fair for transport technology. An estimated 150,000 show attendees will have the opportunity to experience two Progress Rail exhibits, totaling nearly 1,000 square meters of floor space and featuring a variety of products and services.
“For years, we have invested heavily in technology advancements to enhance our customers’ experience, resulting in improved productivity and reliability. Recently, we formed strategic partnerships with other industry leading companies, such as Uptake, on our latest predictive analytics platform, and Seeing Machines, for fatigue monitoring, leveraging our already substantial capabilities. In the past year alone, we have also acquired companies and technologies, such as Inspired Systems, Applied Ultrasonics and our new drone inspection technologies. All of these steps result in improved value for our customers by deploying integrated solutions across the entire rail ecosystem,” said Progress Rail President and Chief Executive Officer William (Billy) Ainsworth.
“This year, we are showcasing our highly anticipated predictive analytics platform – EMD Uptime – to help customers not only get the most out of their locomotive fleets, but also help prevent potential failures before they occur,” said Senior Vice President of Marketing and Analytics Paul Denton.
EMD Uptime is a complete condition-based analytics platform. Uptime monitors locomotive fleets to increase reliability, optimize maintenance activities and improve mission success. The result is improved fleet utilization and productivity, better fuel efficiency, enhanced safety and significantly less downtime. Rail operations can conveniently track the status of a single locomotive or an entire fleet – all from their tablet or smartphone.
Progress Rail Exhibit Highlights:
Infrastructure Stand – Hall 22, Stand 307
Our infrastructure products and technology will be the primary focus of this exhibit, combining trackwork, fasteners, signaling, rail welding and Maintenance-of-Way equipment available for customers all over the globe, as well as technology applications in real and interactive forms, including drone inspection, infrastructure asset protection and data analytics for the wayside sector. Product and service information will also be on hand for all infrastructure related offerings.
Rolling Stock Stand – Hall 6.2, Stand 510
EMD Uptime will make its International debut at InnoTrans, and will be demonstrated at select times throughout the trade fair. This predictive analytics platform will build upon Progress Rail and EMD’s analytics offerings, and is expected to help customers optimize train building and improve mission success, while also delivering additional fuel savings and minimized shop cycle times. Also on display, visitors will have the chance to see 3D renderings of several locomotive and engine models in the company’s on site Immersive Visualization Center (known as the CAVE), as well as Augmented Reality demonstrations, a locomotive simulator complete with fatigue monitoring, and product and service information on the company’s extensive line of locomotives, engines and service packages available for customers all over the world.
For more information about all of these offerings and Progress Rail’s InnoTrans presence, visit progressrail.com.
About Progress Rail:
Progress Rail Services Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., is a leading provider of locomotive, railcar, engineering and track products and services for the global railroad industry. Since acquiring Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc., (EMD), we work as one team to design, manufacture and sell locomotives, engines and aftermarket parts for customers around the world. Headquartered in Albertville, Alabama, Progress Rail serves its customers through a global network of nearly 200 locations, with more than 8,000 employees. For more information, visit progressrail.com and follow @Progress_Rail on Twitter and YouTube.
Progress Rail Contact:
Barbara (Cox) Jansen