GMI to Implement Octave’s Maintain

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Octave Technology's Maintain, a contact memory and RFID-based software for industrial asset management, to be utilized in power generation, utilities, and manufacturing plants, as well as mining facilities.

– Octave Technology, a manufacturer of software and hardware products that enable the use of RFID and Auto-ID within industrial environments, today announced that Gearhart-McKee Inc. (GMI) has selected Octave’s Maintain as their technology platform and application of choice for field and plant-based asset maintenance. Maintain is Octave’s contact memory and RFID-enabled system that enables “on asset” data storage and self-describing equipment, providing service engineers with immediate, on-asset access to critical equipment and maintenance information.

Initially, GMI will use Maintain to support their electrical maintenance contract with Reliant Energy, starting with low voltage breaker and motor control center maintenance.

Octave Technology was founded in 2003 to minimize equipment maintenance costs in plant and industrial environments. Octave helps organizations fill voids in existing enterprise asset management systems and reduce operations and maintenance (O&M) costs in industrial environments by creating one-to-one relationships between service engineers and the equipment they maintain.

“Our clients’ profitability, stability and performance are closely related to how we maintain their equipment”, states Terry Gearhart, GMI’s President. “Using Octave’s solution, we can drastically reduce O&M costs and increase repair and replace productivity. This will help our customers lower their cost per asset and improve availability.”

“GMI is taking a leading role in its industry by building on Octave’s Maintain platform,” said Richard Stack, President, Octave Technology. "We're delighted that GMI is using an Octave Technology asset maintenance system to enhance its capabilities and improve customer satisfaction."

GMI has also contracted Octave Technology to develop custom forms to match the maintenance process for various asset types they manage. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

About Octave Technology

Octave Technology manufactures software and hardware products that enable the use of smart technologies - RFID, AIDC, Bluetooth – and create self-describing assets within industrial environments.

Octave Technology, Inc. was incorporated in 2003 and was born out of a joint venture between HMG Technologies and Baldwin Technologies to enable the use of smart technologies within rugged and industrial settings (power plants, manufacturing facilities, data centers, repair depots, fleet and storage centers). Octave Technology’s products and services help industrial asset owners effectively manage, maintain and secure their infrastructure and equipment; ensure the safety of service engineers and technicians; and reduce operational inefficiencies inherent in manual processes.

About Gearhart-Mckee, Inc. (GMI)

Established in 1998, Gearhart McKee, Inc. has forged a reputation for excellence by developing comprehensive programs for servicing the critical electrical maintenance market, utilizing over 150 combined years of maintenance, testing, engineering experience and knowledge of the utilities, mining, steel, and related heavy industries.

GMI currently has offices in Johnstown and Pittsburgh, PA and has plans for rapid expansion into Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, and many southern states.

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