The Umler System

The Umler® system is an electronic resource that contains critical data for North American transportation equipment. Originally created in 1968, Umler maintains data for more than two million pieces of equipment used in rail, steamship and highway service.

Railroads, equipment owners, agents, shippers, ports, suppliers, industry consultants, government agencies and car maintenance facilities are all users of Umler for the safe and efficient placement, movement and interchange of cars for railroad carriers and customers. Umler data elements identify internal and external dimensions, capacities, weight information and specific characteristics of freight cars, trailers and containers. It serves as the base file for industry reference files (IRFs) as well as industry equipment accounting files.

Take A Look Inside the Umler System
The Umler system provides secure access to equipment management and reporting tools, helping equipment owners provide high-quality data to logistics partners and customers. It also includes these enhanced functions:

  • Equipment Cloning: Create single or multiple equipment records using an existing railcar as a template. Minimal changes reduce the time required to build new fleets in Umler.

  • Restencil Support: Create a new equipment record from a prior equipment registration. Support is provided for single Restencil or multiple Restencil to enable change of ownership for entire fleets. If you would like for Railinc to restencil equipment in Umler on your behalf, complete the UMLER RESTENCIL-REQUEST TO TRANSFER EQUIPMENT form.

  • Equipment Lineage: Track ownership and equipment changes throughout its history, including inspections and equipment modifications.

  • Equipment Status: Track Active, Inactive and Pre-registered rail assets to get accurate fleet size and makeup.

  • Conflict Management: Identify equipment records in conflict, with supporting processes to resolve issues. Error messages identify changes that must be made to correct invalid equipment data.

  • Notice Management and Ticklers: Alerts and logs help users stay on top of equipment changes and issues.

  • System-Generated Elements: Important information delivered to users, such as automatically-generated Equipment Type Codes and End-of-Service Dates

  • Query Data Reporting capabilities are enhanced to provide immediate online reports, including self-service data query tools and custom reports with Advanced Query

  • Statistics and Analysis Services: Railinc continues to offer data analysis services to equipment owners utilizing the expanded capabilities of our new Umler system. For more information, contact the Railinc Customer Success Center with your requests.

  • Component Registry: Umler system capabilities include the registration of wheelsets by wheel shops and the ability to associate wheelsets with equipment.

  • Change Request: Provide details for all Umler system changes, including new elements, permissible values and business rules in the UMLER CHANGE REQUEST form.  Save the form and email it to by selecting the email link at the top of the form, attach the saved form to the email and send the email.

Umler System Benefits
The Umler system gives equipment owners four major benefits:

  • Access: The Umler system provides real-time updates via the Web or enhanced "Train II" computer-to-computer electronic messaging. This gives small and large customers the scalability to process their work. Railinc also offers XML and Web services, enabling customers to integrate applications directly with Railinc's databases, reducing development and maintenance costs.

  • Security: Equipment-level security gives users greater control over access to equipment and the display of confidential information. Transaction logs also ensure that changes can be easily audited.

  • Data Quality: High data standards are built into the system through extensive, interactive data validation and pro-active conflict resolution. High-quality data reduces expensive, delay causing errors to ensure safe and reliable operations.

  • Real-Time Updating: All transactions are processed immediately upon request. Changes made in the Umler system are communicated instantly to the industry, reducing delays and related costs.

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Umler® is a registered trademark of Railinc Corp.