Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne and Kelvin TOP-SET collaboration

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and Kelvin TOP-SET Collaborate to Reduce Cost and Potential Downtime in Oil and Gas Industry

CANOGA PARK, Calif., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is collaborating to create a highly specialized methodology that combines its Extreme Engineering expertise with Kelvin TOP-SET’s proprietary incident investigation skills to reduce cost and potential downtime in the oil and gas industry. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.

In this joint offering, Scotland-based Kelvin TOP-SET will bring its unique skills in incident investigation and analysis, while Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne will provide its decades of expertise in space propulsion and power, with a proven track record of successfully placing important payloads into orbit. The approach will use rigorous investigation and system engineering methods to identify root causes and mitigation strategies to address existing and potential problems before they occur.

“For nearly 60 years, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has been designing and producing highly-reliable, high-performance systems that operate in extreme environments,” said Mike McKeon, extreme engineering program manager at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. “For the past 12 years, we have used that experience to successfully perform analyses and recommend risk-mitigation strategies for offshore oil and gas drilling.”

“The combined skills of Kelvin TOP-SET and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne are a unique approach to advanced problem solving with the goal of enhanced reliability and profitability,” said David Ramsay, group managing director at Kelvin TOP-SET. “The solutions provided by Kelvin TOP-SET and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne will help ensure offshore oil and gas systems remain in service with the benefits of improved operational safety, performance, and cost.”

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a part of Pratt & Whitney, is a preferred provider of high-value propulsion, power, energy and innovative system solutions used in a wide variety of government and commercial applications, including engines for launch vehicles, missile defense systems and advanced hypersonic engines. Behind its successful designs, manufacturing processes, and hardware are Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s research and development engineers, who solve tough problems in extreme environments. For more information, go to or Follow us at and

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries.

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CONTACT: Erin Dick, +1-818-586-4977, [email protected], or Carri Karuhn, +1-818-586-4963, [email protected], both of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne

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