Atlanta, GA — February 14, 2023 — IntelliTrans, the leader in global multimodal solutions for optimizing supply chain operations for bulk & break-bulk industries, announces a partnership with AllTranstek, LLC for rail car maintenance tracking. AllTranstek monitors rail cars for required maintenance and testing, audits both railroad and contract shop repairs in addition to auditing lease and mileage equalization activity, handles Ad Valorem Tax processing, provides rail car inspections, and assists shippers with regulatory compliance to improve the decision-making process, reducing risk and maximizing profit margins. They also support shippers with consulting on overall fleet management and issue resolution.
“AllTranstek digitizes the maintenance process for rail cars, ensuring the rail fleets get to the right maintenance shops at the optimal time to keep up with federal regulations while minimizing lost revenue,” says Ken Sherman, President, IntelliTrans. “Companies might forget when maintenance needs to be performed, which can lead to rail cars being unavailable to ship products or out of compliance. Automating maintenance tracking lets customers know when cars need to be repaired or updated, keeping the cars compliant, safe, and working properly.”
Maintaining rail cars is critical to ensuring that deliveries arrive on time, the supply chain keeps running smoothly, and costs are kept in check. Studies show that monitoring the condition of a rail car to decide when maintenance should be done saves 5 – 12% of life cycle costs. However, many shippers forgo routine maintenance because of a lack of time and budget. Without routine preventative maintenance, rail cars can break down, increasing the time a car is out of service and resulting in lost revenues.
Shippers can't move their products if a rail car is out for repair — which can be expensive if a rail car is damaged in the field and a repair shop is not nearby. To prevent downtime, regular maintenance must be scheduled. Plus, rail cars must follow the standards of the American Association of Railroads (AAR), The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and Transport Canada (TC). If a car is out of compliance, expensive penalties will be invoked. To stay in compliance and avoid penalties, rail cars must be maintained appropriately by certified rail shops that can show proper service records. “Shippers need to be aware of many factors when it comes to rail car maintenance and compliance, and we are delighted to partner with IntelliTrans, a recognized industry leader, to assist our mutual customers in navigating these varying and complex AAR, FRA, and TC regulatory compliance requirements,” says Jeff Wilson, President of AllTranstek.
Thanks to direct integration with IntelliTrans’ Global Visibility Platform, all maintenance records, repair and operational costs, fleet data, lease information, and more are housed within a single system. This enables better insights to be generated at the fleet level and for individual cars, maximizing productivity.
“People are busy, and keeping maintenance and compliance records is very detailed, " Sherman adds. “IntelliTrans keeps track of where rail cars are moving. By integrating data from AllTranstek, we can tell clients that their rail cars need maintenance and where that maintenance can be done promptly to minimize lost time and get the car back to making money. After working with AllTranstek for over 15 years, we are delighted about the partnership that has evolved for the mutual benefit of our customers and the industry.”
About IntelliTrans Global Multimodal Supply Chain Solutions
IntelliTrans, a Roper Technologies company, provides unified and proactive solutions to manage complex supply chain needs. Customers are nimble and efficient with the global supply chain transparency powered by the IntelliTrans cloud-based Control Tower (Global Visibility Platform℠) and IntelliTrans TMS (Transportation Management System), the only SaaS-based TMS that provides shipment execution and visibility across rail, truck, intermodal, barge, and ocean. IntelliTrans enables complete, timely, and accurate data, allowing customers to automate business processes, improve customer service, and reduce operational costs. From real-time alerts to interactive data visualizations, IntelliTrans gives organizations the tools to ask deeper questions and deliver more impactful results. Learn more at our website, linked here.
About AllTranstek, LLC
AllTranstek is the rail industry leader for fleet management services and tank car technical expertise. AllTranstek manages over 275,000 railcars of all types for many of North America’s largest companies.http://www.intellitrans.com