CRL 1-hr: Nov 7 Introduction to Uptime Elements Reliability Framework and Asset Management System

Solomon Associates has tapped veteran reliability professional Al Poling to lead its RAM Study. A mechanical engineer with more than 25 years of experience as a maintenance and reliability professional, Poling has held plant and corporate leadership positions with Union Carbide Corporation, Rhone Poulenc, SCM Chemicals, Albemarle Corporation, Shell Chemical, and KRATON Polymers. Most recently, he served as technical director for the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP), where he managed the development and publication of maintenance and reliability metrics.

“Al has a strong understanding, earned over decades, of the variables that can affect plant maintenance and reliability for refiners and chemical manufacturers,” Bossung said. “We expect his efforts to enhance our study deliverables and improve the business performance of Solomon Associates’ clients.”

Poling holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering technology from Fairmont State University. He has been a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) since 2002.

Solomon Associates’ RAM Study is designed to help clients identify and quantify areas for improved maintenance performance. The study provides the most comprehensive set of reliability and maintenance performance benchmark targets and best practices assessments in the industry, delivering significant contributions to the performance improvement initiatives of Solomon Associates clients.

About Solomon Associates

Based in Dallas, HSB Solomon Associates LLC is the world’s leading performance improvement company for energy companies seeking to identify and close gaps in operational performance. Combining proven, patented methodologies with objective data analysis, and led by a team steeped in hands-on operational experience, Solomon Associates consistently helps clients with energy-intensive assets achieve greater efficiencies, enhanced reliability, and improved margins. Solomon Associates is part of HSB Group, Inc. To learn more about Solomon Associates, visit  

Upcoming Events

August 8 - August 10, 2023

Maximo World 2023

View all Events
80% of newsletter subscribers report finding something used to improve their jobs on a regular basis.
Subscribers get exclusive content. Just released...MRO Best Practices Special Report - a $399 value!
IMC-2022 Who's Who: The World's Best Run Companies

The International Maintenance Conference (IMC) provides a fresh, positive community-based curated experience to gain knowledge and a positive perspective for advancing reliability and asset management through people, their managers, the strategy, the processes, the data and the technology.

Uptime Elements Root Cause Analysis

Root Cause Analysis is a problem solving method. Professionals who are competent in Root Cause Analysis for problem solving are in high demand.

Reliability Risk Meter

The asset is not concerned with the management decision. The asset responds to physics

Why Reliability Leadership?

If you do not manage reliability culture, it manages you, and you may not even be aware of the extent to which this is happening!

Asset Condition Management versus Asset Health Index

Confusion abounds in language. Have you thought through the constraints of using the language of Asset Health?

Seven Chakras of Asset Management by Terrence O'Hanlon

The seven major asset management chakras run cross-functionally from the specification and design of assets through the asset lifecycle to the decommissioning and disposal of the asset connected through technology

Reliability Leader Fluid Cleanliness Pledge

Fluid Cleanliness is a Reliability Achievement Strategy as well as an asset life extension strategy

MaximoWorld 2022 Conference Austin Texas

Connect with leading maintenance professionals, reliability leaders and asset managers from the world's best-run companies who are driving digital reinvention.

“Steel-ing” Reliability in Alabama

A joint venture between two of the world’s largest steel companies inspired innovative approaches to maintenance reliability that incorporate the tools, technology and techniques of today. This article takes you on their journey.

Three Things You Need to Know About Capital Project Prioritization

“Why do you think these two projects rank so much higher in this method than the first method?” the facilitator asked the director of reliability.