Yokogawa acquires RAP International 10 September 2019

Carl Ramsden (Yokogawa), Anne Carter, Mark Carter, Nigel Bowden (Yokogawa)

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced the signing of an agreement with UK-based RAP International to acquire all shares of the company and make RAP a wholly-owned subsidiary.

RAP specialises in providing digitised solutions that support risk assessment, management of the permit to work (PtW) process, and governance of control of work (CoW) for all plant maintenance activities.

Yokogawa says that integrating RAP’s electronic risk assessment and PtW software solutions with its real-time plant condition monitoring will drive safety assurance, reduce turnaround times, and support customers in providing enhanced protection for their people, assets, and the environment.

Since 1994, RAP has been developing and implementing software solutions with integrated best practices that let customers digitise their CoW processes to make maintenance activities safer, more accurate, and more efficient.

RAPnet, its flagship product, is an electronic CoW system for automating maintenance processes that is built around a knowledge base incorporating decades of accumulated first-hand knowledge and experience. The digitised off-the-shelf solution includes standard modules for safety risk assessments, PtW management, management of change, interlocks and overrides, and isolation management. The system is complemented by consulting services, as well as mobile and cloud-based functionality.

Yokogawa already offers solutions that can monitor the health of plant equipment, and digital platforms to support field maintenance. RAP’s solutions will further enhance its asset and safety assurance value proposition.

Simon Rogers, head of Yokogawa’s Advanced Solutions Division, comments: “Yokogawa believes that to create unique value for our customers it is important to integrate domain knowledge into the technology solutions we deliver. RAP’s systems are built around manufacturing industry best practices developed over the past 25 years, enabling customers to digitalise and transform their maintenance safety processes, better protect their workforce, and improve operational efficiency.

“One of the strategies laid out in our Transformation 2020 mid-term business plan is to expand our OPEX business, so in line with that we look forward to making this outstanding addition to Yokogawa’s safety assurance portfolio available to our customers around the world as soon as possible.”

Adam Offord

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