GE acquires Commtest; expands industrial condition monitoring portfolio

General Electric will acquire Commtest, a New Zealand-based company that designs health information systems for industrial machinery.

General Electric on Friday announced that it would acquire Commtest, a New Zealand-based company that designs health information systems for industrial machinery.

It's called "condition monitoring," and it's a part of factory predictive maintenance that aims to increase the longevity of equipment. Plant managers receive unending streams of data about the health of their machinery -- things like vibration behavior and temperature -- which hopefully informs their decisions.

The point: avoid failure, which at scale is very costly. In the energy industries, failed assets can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per day in lost production revenue, not to mention increased operating and maintenance costs.

The company will be incorporated in GE Energy's existing Bently Nevada line, which targets refineries, petrochemical plants, power plants and wind farms (and the turbines, compressors, motors and generators in them).

GE's interest is primarily in Commtest's vbSeries portable vibration data monitoring and analysis equipment, which helps it round out its portfolio of monitoring products.

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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