GE Offers Cost-Effective Upgrade Plan for Online Machinery Protection


The 3500 ENCORE(TM) Series Eliminates "Rip and Replace" Hassle and Protects Initial Investment

MINDEN, NEV.-GE's (NYSE: GE) Bently Nevada(TM) product line announces 3500 ENCORE, a cost-effective, non-intrusive solution for upgrading an existing 3300 monitoring system. 3500 ENCORE is the first upgrade package for online condition monitoring that does not require customers to perform a complete system replacement, which is costly and time consuming. The 3500 ENCORE allows current 3300 users to upgrade to the latest technology while protecting and extending the life of their original investment.

"The goal with 3500 ENCORE is to protect and maximize the investment of our customers," said Jeff Schnitzer, product general manager-Bently Nevada product line for GE Energy Services. "As we continue to support our customers, our focus is to provide a cost-effective and logical upgrade path for our existing products to enable them with the latest technology. The upgrade path provides significant costs savings, allowing customers to expand their condition monitoring programs to additional production assets which can mitigate other problems. "

3500 ENCORE is the only non "rip and replace" condition monitoring solution on the market for upgrading 3300 systems. The patented EMI cage design and high-speed backplane provides GE's Bently Nevada customers with the ability to upgrade to 2010 digital technology without changing the current infrastructure. The 3500 ENCORE provides the same continuous, online monitoring suitable for machinery protection applications as the 3300 system with the improved performance of 3500 technology.

3500 ENCORE is designed to fully meet the requirements of the American Petroleum Institute's API 670 standard. The system's flexible design consists of an instrument rack, AC or DC power supply, TDI system monitor and monitors with full color LCD displays chosen for the required application.

GE's Bently Nevada has more than 50 years of experience in online machinery monitoring and protection systems primarily serving the power generation and oil and gas industries. For more information, visit http://www.gepower.com/prod_serv/products/oc/en/bently_nevada.htm.

The Measurement & Control Solutions business within GE Energy Services is a leading innovator in advanced, sensor-based measurement, non-destructive testing, inspection and condition monitoring solutions, delivering accuracy, productivity and safety to a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, power generation, aerospace, transportation and healthcare. It has more than 40 facilities in 25 countries and is part of GE Energy Services, which provides cleaner, smarter, more-efficient solutions for its customers.

About GE
GE (NYSE: GE) is a diversified infrastructure, finance and media company taking on the world's toughest challenges. From aircraft engines and power generation to financial services, health care solutions and television programming, GE operates in more than 100 countries and employs about 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com.

GE serves the energy sector by developing and deploying technology that helps make efficient use of natural resources. With nearly 85,000 global employees and 2009 revenues of $37 billion, GE Energy www.ge.com/energy is one of the world's leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technologies. The businesses that comprise GE Energy-GE Power & Water, GE Energy Services and GE Oil & Gas-work together to provide integrated product and service solutions in all areas of the energy industry including coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy; renewable resources such as water, wind, solar and biogas; and other alternative fuels.

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