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The Bently Nevada business of GE Measurement & Control Solutions has opened a new remote condition monitoring center in Fot, Hungary. 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 in Europe and throughout the world.
Asen Morkani, Bently Nevada's services director in Europe, explains, "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 gather customer data on specific metrics, perform machine oversight, detect trends and 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.
Other benefits include increased machine efficiency, reduced damage risk, lower operating expenses, extended intervals between outages, fewer forced outages, and reduced repair time.