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DGA Monitoring System is designed to protect transformers.

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May 14, 2012 - Used to enhance grid reliability, SmartDGA(TM) Guide helps electric utilities augment condition-based maintenance for transformer and load tap changer (LTC) fleets. System can monitor all 9 gases used in dissolved gas analysis (DGA) as well as moisture, and optional integration with LumaSMART fiber optics technology, which directly measures winding hot-spot temperatures within transformers, lets utilities monitor temperature and gas. Also, design reduces installation time to hours.

LumaSense Technologies, Inc.

3301 Leonard Ct., Santa Clara, CA, 95054, USA

Original Press Release

LumaSense Releases Industry's Most Comprehensive, Lowest Cost Dissolved Gas Analyzer to Protect Transformers

Press release date: May 2, 2012

SmartDGA(TM) Guide is the third addition to company's new line of low-cost, high-performing DGA monitors designed to enhance grid reliability

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- LumaSense Technologies, Inc. today released SmartDGA(TM) Guide, the third addition to its portfolio of dissolved gas analysis (DGA) technology that helps electric utilities augment condition-based maintenance for transformer and load tap changer (LTC) fleets. SmartDGA Guide is a comprehensive DGA monitoring system that can monitor all nine gases used in DGA analysis, in addition to moisture. Combined with analytical software, this approach paints a more accurate picture for substation operators who are charged with identifying potential issues before they lead to problems that impact power grid reliability.

Additionally, SmartDGA Guide features optional integration with LumaSense's line of LumaSMART fiber optics technology that directly measures winding hot-spot temperatures within transformers. This allows utilities to monitor the two most important elements that can predict transformer failures - temperature and gas.

"Easier diagnostics is the key to condition-based maintenance, and SmartDGA Guide represents the industry's most comprehensive approach with the easiest user interface to bring that concept to reality," said Vivek Joshi, CEO of LumaSense Technologies. "We've said before that the smart grid will only be as reliable as the health of its transformer assets. SmartDGA provides the reliable look inside the transformer to give substation managers the information they need to act decisively before a problem occurs."

LumaSense's SmartDGA line also includes its Gauge and Guard instruments, which are designed to monitor dissolved gas within transformer LTCs and transformers themselves, respectively. SmartDGA Guide is the most comprehensive of these modular offerings, which feature uniquely shaped designs that dramatically reduce installation time from days to hours. The entire line uses proven non-dispersive infrared technology (NDIR) to track gases, and is up to 50-percent less expensive than comparable solutions.

SmartDGA also represents the power industry's lowest total cost of ownership, which allows utilities to reduce their asset monitoring budgets and capital expenditures while achieving widespread deployment across their transformer fleets - something that was previously unattainable.

For more information, please visit: www.smartdga.com, or www.lumasenseinc.com

About LumaSense Technologies(TM)

For over 50 years, LumaSense Technologies, Inc. (LumaSense), has provided innovative temperature and gas sensing instruments for the energy, industrial, clean technology and commercial markets.

Our unrivaled passion for excellence is why we have become one of the world's most trusted sensing solution providers. Through our precision engineered systems, our customers have gained control over their most difficult temperature and gas sensing challenges. Beyond providing the highest quality products, our customers turn to us, knowing our commitment to their success comes first. With expert application understanding and a growing portfolio of products, LumaSense can combine several technologies together into novel solutions even for the most complex environments.

With offices in Asia, Europe and the Americas, LumaSense is ideally positioned to serve the needs of the energy, industrial and clean technology markets worldwide. For more information about LumaSense Technologies, visit our website at www.lumasenseinc.com

CONTACT: Prabhu Soundarrajan of LumaSense Technologies, +1-408-235-3813, p.soundarrajan@LumaSenseInc.com; or Andres Ybarra of Weber Shandwick, +1-952-346-6314, aybarra@webershandwick.com, for LumaSense Technologies, Inc.

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