Healthy equipment is essential to the everyday operations of the freight industry, but maintaining equipment is expensive. In 2020, the Railinc Car Repair Billing Data Exchange processed around $1.4 billion in foreign, AAR-billed repairs.

While many car owners would like to implement a proactive maintenance strategy, determining the best time to take a car out of service to complete repairs is complex, requiring an understanding of the remaining useful life of a component versus the risk that the component will f

*Note: This article has been updated to reflect the recently delayed implementation date.*  On June 28 of 2021, Railinc’s Early Warning System will be replaced by Equipment Advisory System.

Equipment Health Management System, or EHMS, is an important resource for anyone who owns or is responsible for maintaining cars. When analyzed, EHMS data can help limit unscheduled maintenance, reduce repair costs and more. Let’s start with the basics.

When you’re new to managing railcar repairs or billing, it can be difficult to understand many of the rules and processes.

If you’re one of the many shops managing errors and rejections each month, you’re not alone. The Car Repair Billing Data Exchange rejects many files each month. This article provides a guide to managing one of the most confusing error categories: Component IDs (CIDs).

Few rail car repair shops are immune to Car Repair Billing Data Exchange Errors and file rejections. When the Data Exchange returns errors, you’ll find yourself spending hours each month making corrections and resubmitting files.

If you read our Causes of Car Repair Billing (CRB) Data Exchange Errors article, you know that CRB Data Exchange errors cause headaches for many shops.

Railroads that follow the AAR rules of interchange for inspections and repair bill for most maintenance using the AAR price master. For some smaller roads, that may mean paying more in costs to complete repairs than what can be billed to the car owner.