MHF Logistical Solutions to Offer 'Smart' Railcars for Hazardous & Sensitive Materials

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 17 / -- MHF Logistical Solutions Inc. (MHF-LS), a leading provider of packaging, transportation and technical services for generators and shippers of radioactive, hazardous and non- hazardous waste and materials, said today that it will soon offer "smart" railcars equipped with remote monitoring and diagnostic systems to manage shipments of sensitive cargo.

The optional new MHF-LS asset tracking service will be available in early 2006, the company said.

The new service will feature long-life, battery-operated wireless devices and monitoring equipment that track the exact location and operating status of railcars in use across North America, as well as the condition of their contents. The wireless devices incorporate global positioning satellite (GPS) technology linked to MHF-LS' back office reporting and operations systems.

Shippers can access detailed data about their shipments' whereabouts at any given moment through a secure, protected system, and can be alerted if railcars have been tampered with or have encountered an unusual event. Add-on features -- monitoring internal or external temperatures, pressure, impact and other variables -- also can be added to the basic unit.

"Remote monitoring and diagnostics systems will be a boost to our clients seeking enhanced tracking and monitoring of their sensitive cargo," said Richard W. Zink, MHF-LS executive vice president. "We will be helping them better meet their cargo management goals."

Zink stressed that the new monitoring and diagnostic equipment also will help shippers improve their operational efficiencies. "Better tracking means shippers can more efficiently manage their cargo flow on both ends of their shipping cycles."


MHF Logistical Solutions Inc. ( designs and implements engineered packaging and transportation solutions for clients in a wide range of industries and governmental agencies. The company provides transportation services for all types of bulk solid, bulk liquid, packaged material and cargo, combining rail, truck and marine conveyance systems as necessary, from any origin to any destination in the world. MHF-LS is particularly noted for its expertise in transporting hazardous, toxic and radioactive waste (HTRW) materials, and for its ability to develop programs that are safe, economical and reliable.

The company utilizes a fleet of private railcars and intermodal equipment, including more than 1,700 railcars and associated equipment, and more than 3,000 intermodal containers, as well as other specialized equipment. MHF-LS also manufactures various rigid and flexible packaging systems for all types of materials.

The company handles intermodal and bulk transfers for its North American clients at facilities in Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Tennessee and Utah, along with a network of other short-term or temporary transload sites. MHF-LS also offers extensive transportation-related technical services through a dedicated business unit.

MHF-LS is based in the Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S., suburb of Cranberry Township, with additional offices in eight other locations across North America. The company's headquarters may be reached at 724.772.9800, or

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Buckman Communications

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