Yokogawa Electric Corporation has acquired all shares of UK-based RAP International Ltd.
RAP specializes 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.
A Yokogawa statement said that integrating RAP’s electronic risk assessment and PtW software solutions with the Japanese firm’s 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.
Yokogawa will expand the availability of RAP’s consultancy services and road-tested systems through its global sales network, starting in Europe.
The company will also carry out development work to integrate these into its existing technology portfolio and create a digital transformation platform that enables real-time monitoring of both plant assets and maintenance procedures.
Simon Rogers, head of Yokogawa’s advanced solutions division, said: “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 digitalize 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.”