HOUSTON—RWD Technologies, LLC (RWD), a company that develops and implements organizational performance solutions today announced that its Houston-based energy group and Advanced Reliability Technologies, LLC (ART) have partnered to combine ART’s best-in-class Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) strategy tools and experience with RWD Technologies’ leading operations and maintenance qualifications and change management methodologies. The collaborative offering enables capital intensive manufacturing companies like production facilities, refining and chemical plants to leverage and implement proven strategies, work processes and cultural transformations that engage, train and empower workers to:

* reduce maintenance repair costs;
* improve asset and equipment availability;
* enable plant efficiency and performance, while minimizing risk; and
* extend plant asset and equipment life.

How RWD-ART Solutions Optimize Operations and Assets

Jim Parish, executive vice president for RWD’s Energy Group said, “The RWD-ART collaboration, fostered by mutual clients, educates plant operators and maintenance personnel on how to remove unnecessary complexity and optimize their safety, reliability and profitability. Clients then realize and sustain lasting, measurable efficiencies and savings without experiencing the strain and drain on time and resources typically experienced by trying to implement RCM internally.”

Al Khakoo, division director for RWD’s Energy Group said, “The economic crisis demands executives shift their focus from capacity to asset availability and cost reduction. Soon, plants will lose experienced workers and have to address tacit or hidden approaches. This encourages companies to embed successful equipment strategies into their work processes. Even then, operations and maintenance silos must be addressed with change management that aligns department and business performance metrics, otherwise these initiatives waste time, money and manpower. Knowing how to effectively and efficiently run and maintain equipment means knowing what to maintain and when and how to best maintain it. Only ART has the extensive knowledge base and data on energy machinery and equipment that eliminates the steps, time and resources competitors often require of energy clients when implementing RCM programs. Competitors offer services but lack the tools, processes, and methods to facilitate a successful and lasting RCM transformation. As a team, we offer a turnkey solution that helps energy clients streamline their operations and optimize their assets for a lifetime, in record time.”

Khakoo notes that maintenance is a significant part of an operating budget and maintenance costs for some assets can be reduced by 20-30 percent. Some clients can recoup their investments in three to five months, while extending asset life. Preventative maintenance practices often reduce reactive maintenance, improving equipment and personnel performance and effectiveness. Long term ROI is realized through greater asset availability, reduced meantime to failure rates, and extended asset life.

“RWD’s time-proven business performance methodologies are the perfect complement to ART’s RCM strategies and solutions,” said Walt Sanford, president and co-founder of Advanced Reliability Technologies, LLC. “Together, we offer clients with one source for a rapid, effective and sustainable RCM transformation with measurable ROI that will help them justify such an implementation in this economy and long-term.”

To learn more, visit http://www.rwd.com/industries/energy_utilities_chemicals.aspx  or contact RWD at: Bogotá, Colombia 57-1-255-5001; Houston, Texas (USA) 1-800-820-9493 or 1-713-524-0123; Troy, Michigan (USA) 1-800-677-3688 or 1-248-267-1001.

About Advanced Reliability Technologies

Advanced Reliability Technologies, LLC (ART) is a professional services firm dedicated to helping clients cost-effectively improve the performance of their facility’s assets by focusing reliability management tools and resources where they provide the most return on investment. ART continues to add value by furnishing clients with the processes, metrics and technologies required to create and sustain cost-effective reliability programs. Since its founding in 1997, ART has focused on the development and implementation of technical services, management processes, software and hardware products to enable clients to implement and sustain efficient reliability management programs. ART’s ReliaBuilder-RCM© software is currently utilized by many Fortune 500 companies in the Oil & Gas, Chemical, Electric Power, Manufacturing, and Facilities Management Industries. More information is available at www.advancedreliability.com.

About RWD Technologies, LLC

RWD is a leading provider of human and operational performance improvement solutions that help employers maximize the return on their investments in people, processes, technology, equipment, knowledge and customers. Since 1988, RWD has assisted clients and partners in enhancing organizational productivity through its broad range of integrated products and services, which include human capital management and IT consulting services, business transformation and lean process improvement, end-user training, change management, knowledge management and operator effectiveness management. RWD’s solutions are used in thousands of organizations globally, and in industries such as manufacturing, energy, automotive, aerospace, healthcare, life sciences, consumer products, financial, telecommunications, services, higher education and the public sector.

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, RWD serves Fortune 500 and other organizations around the world. RWD is privately held, with more than 1,000 employees in offices in the United States, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, UAE, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Kazakhstan. For more information, please visit www.rwd.com.

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