Consolidations center on reliability


Feb 03, 2006

Ivara has announced that as of January 1 it acquired Aladon LLC, specialists in the application of reliability-centered maintenance (RCM). The acquisition is to extend Ivara’s reliability position, broaden its reach and ensure continued growth and success of the Aladon Network, licensees of Aladon’s RCM training, consulting and support services.

Ivara helps capital-intensive companies improve operational performance by better managing plant asset reliability. Its methodology seeks rapid and significant financial results by putting a proactive asset reliability process in place one asset at a time and focusing on changing people's behavior and activities.

The company plans to support continued availability and success of RCM 2, a comprehensive approach to RCM to determine maintenance strategies for industrial equipment, developed by RCM thought-leader John Moubray. Moubray founded Aladon Ltd. in 1986 and Aladon LLC in the U.S. in 1998, and headed the company as CEO until his death in 2004. He remains well-known in reliability circles as the author of the book, “Reliability-centered Maintenance.” Aladon has helped clients apply RCM at more than 1,500 sites in 44 countries.

“We are proud and excited to be able to announce that Ivara has acquired Aladon. Ivara has been a licensee of the Aladon Network for six years and we’ve enjoyed a close working relationship,” says Edith Moubray, executive officer, Aladon LLC. “Ivara has the infrastructure, experience and commitment to continue and expand Aladon's business and we are confident that our world-class product is in very safe and reliable hands.”

Ivara will retain Aladon’s U.S. operations in Asheville, N.C., and use the Aladon Network to deliver RCM services to a growing international customer base. Roger Zanatta, Ivara’s current vice president of business partners, has been appointed as the general manager of Aladon.

“There are tremendous synergies between our organizations,” says Zanatta. “Aladon commercialized RCM thinking and Ivara’s reliability solution was founded on RCM principles. Together we offer a compelling value proposition that is unmatched in the reliability industry.”

Infor buys Datastream

Datastream signed an agreement to be acquired by enterprise software solution company Infor on January 9. The transaction is subject to Datastream stockholder approval, and is expected to be completed in the second quarter.

Infor delivers integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain solutions designed for manufacturers and distributors. Given the asset-intensive nature of Infor’s customer base and target markets, Datastream’s industry-leading Asset Performance Management solutions will address a key business need common among Infor’s customers and target markets.

Datastream has more than 6,700 customers on support and a dedicated employee base that will expand Infor’s expertise in manufacturing and distribution, as well as other asset-intensive industries. The company’s technological leadership in developing Web-architected solutions will complement Infor’s commitment to assembling cost-effective solutions tailored to customers’ specific operating environments. It also will also further enhance Infor’s ability to meet customers’ needs worldwide.
Infor’s financial backing, global reach and additional product solutions will provide Datastream customers with a path for continuous operational improvement and long-term growth.

“Datastream’s Asset Performance Management strategy delivers value to customers by connecting critical maintenance and asset information with operational data to improve organizational performance,” says Larry Blackwell, Datastream CEO. “By joining with Infor, our employees will have the opportunity to work with one of the leading software providers focused on world-class enterprise applications. Our customers will benefit from a combined entity that will continue to support and improve Datastream’s industry-leading products.”

“Infor is changing what customers expect from an enterprise software provider by assembling and integrating best-of-breed solutions and professionals with deep industry knowledge that is unrivaled in the industry,” says Infor chairman and CEO Jim Schaper. Infor is filling a void in the market for customers who want one source for their industry-specific enterprise applications. “Our explosive new customer growth is proof that our model is working,” he says.

“Both Datastream and Infor are committed to future innovation using a services-oriented architecture (SOA) that will enable customers with asset-intensive maintenance requirements to combine maintenance and asset information with production and operations data to uncover new performance management capabilities affordably from one vendor. This development architecture also will enable customers to benefit from easier upgrades and future product integration,” Schaper says.
The combined company will have 24,700 customers in 140 countries.

Lincoln and Alemite

Alemite LLC will join Lincoln Industrial as part of Harbour’s Lubricating Systems Group, Harbour Group announced January 24. Alemite designs and manufactures a wide range of lubrication equipment including pumps, reels, grease fittings, manual and powered grease guns, automatic lubrication equipment and related accessories.

“Alemite has a long history of product innovation and was a pioneer in the development of modern lubrication,” says Sam Fox, Harbour Group chairman and CEO. “We are excited to offer our customers two of the leading brand names in the industry – Alemite and Lincoln. We have a long history of building businesses and will continue to aggressively grow our Lubricating Systems Group, both organically and through complementary acquisitions in what remains a fragmented market.”

“Alemite and Lincoln complement each other extremely well,” says Bart Aiken, president of the Lubricating Systems Group. “The combination increases our distribution reach and broadens our product offerings, enabling us to better serve our customers. Importantly, we plan to maintain differentiated Alemite and Lincoln product lines and to continue selling through both the outstanding Alemite and Lincoln distribution channels in the same way we do today.”

“The acquisition of Alemite is great for the company and great for our customers,” adds Dana Waterman, president and CEO of Alemite. “It allows us to continue growing our business while maintaining the same standards of quality and innovation for which Alemite products are known. We look forward to this association with Harbour Group and Lincoln Industrial and to continuing to provide Alemite customers with outstanding products and service.”