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Act Quickly!! - Ascent to System1 Migration

Limited Time Offer - Ascent to System1 Migration


As you may or may not be aware Commtest/GE Ascent (Vibration Analysis) Software is no longer available and support from the manufacturer will soon be discontinued.

There is however an opportunity to upgrade to the latest release of System 1 Software  and to benefit from an annual GOLD M&S Support Package which provides free software updates and annual technical support. It is possible to migrate your existing database into the new System 1 Software, at no additional cost.

The upgrade offers available depend on the level of Ascent software you currently have (Eg L1, L2, and Level 3 - with vbOnline's). The number of separate “Server” licences you may need and the date Ascent was purchased (ie within the last 5 years, or over 5 years ago). We now have a guide to pricing and would be happy to run through these with you on the phone if convenient.

Please note that the offers outlined will expire by the end of March 2018. 

We appreciate this timescale may be limited and that you may need to consider budgets. If of interest but you need more time, a letter / email of intent to review in 2018 will help to secure the offers for you (with no obligation) into 2018. If you have any questions, would like a formal quote on your system please let me know.  Your feedback would be most welcome.

NB Please note, for users with older instruments (eg Vb1000, Vb2000, Vb3000 ) there is an opportunity to trade in these units to receive a 20% discount on a replacement vbX/Scout Instrument.  Please note that this offer is only available for orders / formal commitment by the end of March 2018. If this is of interest please let us know.

Existing Ascent Level 1  User OfferSystem1Packages

Level 1 users are offered an opportunity to lease System 1 Fundamental Software (minimum term 3 years). This is a discounted offer and includes a Gold M&S Agreement for the term of the lease.

Existing Ascent Level 2 User Offer

Level 2 users are offered an opportunity to upgrade to System 1 Fundamental Software FOC by purchasing an annual M&S Agreement (minimum terms apply - contact us)

Existing Ascent Level 3  User Offer

Level 3 users are offered an opportunity to upgrade to System 1 Advanced + Software FOC by purchasing an annual M&S Agreement (minimum terms apply - contact us)

Contact us for help and advice

vbClassic Upgrade Offer


vbClassic® & Ascent

Upgrade Offer!

vbClassic Trade In Offer

The following upgrade offer is available to vbClassic® instrument holders:

As you may or may not be aware, product support for vbClassic instruments and Ascent Software is coming to an end.
GE Bently Nevada are moving towards vbX and Scout instruments, vbOnline Pro Online devices and System1 Software going forward into 2018.
You can trade in your vb1000®, vb2000®, or vb3000® and get up to 20% off a vbSeries® instrument of your choice!
Contact Us today for more details.
Also see our

vbSeries Trade-up offers here..

Ascent to System1 Trade-up offers here..


FLIR Launches New E75 E85 & E95 Exx Series Cameras

FLIR EXX Series Thermal Imaging Camera for Electrical & Mechanical ApplicationsFLIR exxSeries

Advanced Thermal Imaging Cameras for Electrical & Mechanical Application
It takes the right tools to quickly identify potential points of failure in an electrical or manufacturing environment, especially since many of these components are impossible to reach. That's why the new FLIR Exx-Series of advanced thermal imaging cameras offer superior resolution, precise laser-assisted autofocusing, and the option of interchangeable lenses – so you can target any component, survey from top to bottom, and avoid costly shutdowns.

Advanced Thermal Imaging Cameras for Building Applications
The new FLIR Exx-Series cameras offer superior sensitivity and a true 42° field of view (FOV) in an easy-to-use, handheld platform. These cameras can detect the first signs of building deficiencies and water intrusion and then measure the damaged area – right on the screen. All this performance is delivered in a rugged, ergonomic camera designed for safe and easy one-handed operation.

FLIR EXX Series Features


Features by CameraE75E85E95
IR Resolution 320 x 240 (76,800 pixels) 384 x 288 (110,592 pixels) 464 x 348 (161,472 pixels)
Object Temperature Range -20°C to 120°C (-4°F to 248°F) 
0°C to 650°C (32°F to 1200°F) 
Optional calibration: 300°C to 1000°C (572°F to 1830°F)
-20°C to 120°C (-4°F to 248°F) 
0°C to 650°C (32°F to 1200°F) 
300°C to 1200°C (572°F to 2192°F)
-20°C to 120°C (-4°F to 248°F) 
0°C to 650°C (32°F to 1200°F) 
300°C to 1500°C (572°F to 2732°F)
Time-lapse (Infrared) No No 10 sec to 24 hours
Spotmeter 1 in live mode 3 in live mode 3 in live mode
Common FeaturesExx-Series
Detector Type and Pitch Uncooled microbolometer, 17 µm
Thermal Sensitivity/NETD < 0.03°C @ 30°C (86°F)
Spectral Range 7.5 - 14.0 µm
Image Frequency 30 Hz
Imaging and Optical Data
Field of View (FOV) 42° x 32° (10 mm lens), 24° x 18° (18 mm lens), 14° x 10° (29 mm lens)
Minimum Focus Distance 0.5 m (18 mm lens)
F-Number f/1.3
Lens Identification Automatic
Focus Continuous, one-shot laser distance meter (LDM), one-shot contrast, manual
Digital Zoom 1-4x continuous

Exx-Series Family

FLIR Exx-Series Datasheet
(Electrical and Mechanical Applications)

FLIR Exx-Series Brochure
(Electrical and Mechanical Applications)

FLIR Exx-Series Datasheet
(Building Applications)

FLIR Exx-Series Brochure
(Building Applications)

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Migrating from Commtest Ascent to System 1 Evolution

Migrating from Commtest Ascent™ to System 1 Evolution™

Customers using Commtest Ascent™ for their condition monitoring software can now upgrade to System 1 Evolution without the need to see out their existing Software Support Agreement. GE is allowing customers under support arrangements to still access Ascent support and migrate to the new system when it suits them. Through years of strategic acquisitions, GE have developed two tried and tested tools: Commtest Ascent™ for plant wide routine condition monitoring and Bently Nevada System 1™ Classic for critical assets and turbomachinery. Both of these software platforms are now mature and with the explosion of network connectivity, smart devices and affordable online sensing GE is combining the very best of each platform to make System 1 Evolution.

There are two questions most Ascent users ask: “How much is it ?” and “Can I open my Ascent database in System 1 Evolution?”

How much is it?   LATEST

The price depends on whether your Ascent or System 1 Classic support agreement has lapsed. Ascent originally came with five years of support. Today GE provide an annual Software Support Agreement (SwSA) which ensures you are always provided access to the latest version. If your Ascent copy is over 5 years old you simply need to purchase a 5 year SwSA within 2017. Once the SwSA is in place, you will have entitlement to Ascent technical support again and be able to plan the transition to System 1 Evolution at any time you remain under your SwSA contract. If you are still within the initial Ascent 5-year support, you will need a new 3-year SwSA commitment to move to System 1 Evolution. If you would like a quote please contact us.

Can I open my Ascent database in System 1 Evolution?

From November 2017 with System 1 version 17.2 the first implemetation of a convertion tool will be released, additional functionality will follow.



Ascent users who would like a System 1 Evolution demonstration can Contact us via the website or call our office for help and advice. 

FLIR Launches New T500 Series Thermal Cameras

FLIR T500-Series ™
Professional Thermal Imaging CamerasFLIR T500 Series

The new FLIR T500-Series has the features professionals need to accurately troubleshoot hot spots and potential faults. With the 180° rotating lens platform and a bright 4” LCD, FLIR T530/T540 cameras are engineered to help users diagnose hard-to-reach components in any environment. Advanced on-camera measurement tools, laser-assisted autofocus, and FLIR’s industry-leading image quality ensure you’ll find and diagnose problems quickly.


Laser-assisted autofocus guarantees you’ll get the tack-sharp focus needed for the most accurate temperature readings, while FLIR Vision Processing™ - powered by MSX®, UltraMax®, and proprietary adaptive filtering algorithms - ensures crisp thermal imagery.


The T500-Series' optical block rotates 180°, making these cameras the most versatile and ergonomic camera in the T-Series line-up. Image targets at any angle - comfortably - all day long, without bending your body or wrist.


Scan for potential faults from a safer distance and over larger areas thanks to a selection of intelligent, interchangeable AutoCal™ optics, outstanding temperature measurement accuracy, and up to 464 x 348 (161,472) true native resolution.

FLIR T500 Features



IR Resolution 320 x 240 (76,800 pixels) 464 x 348 (161,472 pixels)
UltraMax® Resolution 307,200 effective pixels 645,888 effective pixels
Object Temperature Range -20°C to 120°C (-4°F to 248°F)
0°C to 650°C (32°F to 1202°F)

Optional Calibration:
300°C to 1200°C (572°F to 2192°F)

-20°C to 120°C (-4°F to 248°F)
0°C to 650°C (32°F to 1202°F)

Optional Calibration:
300°C to 1200°C (572°F to 2192°F)

Digital Zoom 1-4x continuous 1-6x continuous
Panorama Image Mode No Yes


Download the brochure or Contact us for more information.

pdf_icon T500 Series Brochure


Easy to Learn, Easy to Use, Easy to Own!

Easy-Laser® products offer precision alignment and measurement systems. Applications for shaft alignment and sheave/pulley alignment to geometrical measurements of virtually every kind.

All systems are easy to learn thanks to the intuitive operation and intelligent design. All together this makes the Easy-Laser® systems easy to own.

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