Advanced Rail Management Corp., and its affiliate based in Canada (Advanced Rail Management Canada Inc.) were both incorporated in 1990. These companies were formed to meet a specific perceived need in the rail industry (both heavy-haul and transit system operations) – namely a unique combination of practical and high-level technical expertise of the rail/wheel interface using a systems engineering approach. One of the most important elements of this concept has been ARM’s ongoing emphasis of including input from both the vehicle AND track departments of each client.
In 1994, ARM started design efforts for their first optical rail measurement vehicle, designated ORMV-1. This project involved a team effort of ARM and Range Vision Inc., the company providing the optical rail measuring system. Revenue service of the ORMV-1 started in July 1995.
ARM’s long-term plans are to provide the industry with a comprehensive “rail management” service, involving not only the consulting expertise needed to optimize the rail/wheel interface, but also appropriate supporting services such as optical rail measurement to generate accurate, short and long-term forecasts for rail replacement.