EMD Develops Rail Analytics Solutions with Uptake

March 10, 2015

Albertville, Ala. – Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. (EMD), a subsidiary of Progress Rail Services Corporation, a Caterpillar company, and Uptake, provider of a dynamic analytics and insight platform for a wide array of industries, have been working together since 2014 to develop an intelligent rail analytics platform and plan to begin piloting with select customers in the coming months.

Uptake’s work with EMD began with a refresh of the IntelliTrain™ locomotive monitoring and prescriptive repair application. The enhanced application—IntelliTraine—combines cutting edge data analytics, machine learning and predictive failure prevention, shifting from time-based maintenance to condition-based IntelliMaintenance. This shift in maintenance practice—to changing components before failure—has the potential to save customers in the rail industry meaningful expenses. Additionally, the user interface has been updated, improving the look, ease of use and functionality of the application.

Billy Ainsworth, President and Chief Executive Officer of Progress Rail and EMD said, “As a rail original equipment manufacturer, we believe by providing technology to improve the reliability and utilization of the assets we produce and help maintain, we can significantly reduce our customers’ maintenance expenditures and improve their revenue and service capability to their valued customers. The combination of Progress Rail and EMD, with over 90 years serving the rail industry, coupled with the speed and entrepreneurship of Uptake, provides the perfect relationship to deliver customer value in the mega data space.”

“EMD is a leader in the locomotive space and other rail related products and services for the rail industry, and we have been able to leverage their deep expertise into our predictive analytics and integrated workflow platform,” added Brad Keywell, Co-Founder and CEO of Uptake. “Our goal is to provide all railroads globally a comprehensive solution that is simple to use that will minimize–and eventually eliminate–unplanned downtime, while at the same time optimizing performance, therefore increasing profitability.”

IntelliTraine is only the beginning of a suite of applications being built by Uptake to tackle some of the most challenging problems facing the rail industry. There is significant data available across the Caterpillar rail product and service portfolio. A common user interface experience and analytics platform across the rail industry will extract incremental value and deliver efficiency and productivity to global customers.     

Last week, Caterpillar Inc. announced a broad agreement with Uptake to develop an enterprise wide, end-to-end analytics platform for predictive diagnostics to help Caterpillar customers monitor and optimize their fleets more effectively.

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About Progress Rail Services Corporation and Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc.:

Progress Rail Services Corporation (Progress Rail), a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., is a leading supplier of remanufactured locomotive and railcar products and services to the railroad industry, operating one of the most extensive rail service and supply networks in North America. More than 8,000 employees serve customers in a network of more than 165 locations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom. Progress Rail is headquartered in Albertville, Ala.

Through the acquisition of Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. (EMD), Progress Rail has expanded its network of global locations, furthering a commitment to providing industry-leading products and services. Founded in 1922, Electro-Motive Diesel is an original equipment manufacturer of diesel-electric locomotives. EMD designs, manufactures and sells diesel-electric locomotives for all commercial railroad applications and is a global provider of diesel engines for marine propulsion, offshore and land-based oil well drilling rigs and stationary power generation. The company is the only diesel-electric locomotive manufacturer to have produced more than 72,500 engines and has the largest installed base in both North America and worldwide. EMD also has an extensive aftermarket business offering replacement parts, maintenance solutions and a range of value-added services. 

For more information, visit www.progressrail.com.

About Caterpillar:

For 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2014 sales and revenues of $55.184 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments - Resource Industries, Construction Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media.

About Uptake:

Uptake, a predictive analytics company, empowers global companies to optimize performance and reduce failure of assets. Leveraging unique partnerships, Uptake integrates cross-industry expertise, data science, and workflow connectivity to build high-value solutions based on massive data sets. The result is a platform that identifies problems before they happen and delivers refined insights to drive unparalleled efficiency and productivity. For more information, visit uptake.com.


Progress Rail Media Contact:

Barbara Jansen

Office: 256.505.5054



Uptake Contact:

Bailey Wells

Global Communications

Mobile: 216-409-2739