New GE Remote Condition Monitoring Center in Europe

November 18, 2011
The Bently Nevada business of GE Measurement & Control Solutions (NYSE: GE) has opened a new remote condition monitoring center in Fot, Hungary, the company reported in a news release. The new facility will support the company’s existing global network of remote configuration and monitoring centers, providing continuous 24/7 monitoring and diagnostic services to contracted customers throughout Europe and throughout the world.

As Asen Morkani, Bently Nevada’s services director in Europe, explains, “Today many services integral to condition monitoring, including diagnostics and configuration, are being performed remotely, rather than on site by a service engineer. High bandwidth and high-speed access to corporate data networks have overcome the speed and security limitations that once made remote access impractical. As a result, remote configuration and remote monitoring are fast helping customers in power generation, oil and gas and the process sector to realize significant cost savings and improve plant availability.”

At remote monitoring centers, specialists continuously gather customer data on specific metrics, perform machine oversight, detect trends and approaching issues and provide troubleshooting support. Instant response, without the travel time and delay associated with a site engineer visit, can result in crises being averted and machinery being saved. Further benefits can be increased machine efficiency, reduced risk of damage, lower operating expenses, extended intervals between outages, fewer forced outages and reduced repair times.

Remote services are an integral part of Bently Nevada’s comprehensive systems and programs for asset condition monitoring, providing cost savings without sacrificing quality. Their full value is achieved when embedded in a supporting services agreement combined with periodic on-site support, allowing the collection and maintenance of customer-specific machine design, operating history and service procedures.

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