GE (NYSE: GE) today announced the availability of the first product in its new Multilin TM 8 Series platform, GE’s next-generation protection and control relay platform designed to deliver the performance and reliability required to support the mission-critical electrical infrastructures of industrial and distribution utilities. Built on GE’s more than 100-year history in industrial electrical automation, the 8 Series platform will enable industrial and distribution utilities to enhance the reliability of their electrical infrastructure and reduce costs associated with unplanned outages. To help customers better manage their electrical systems, the 8 Series delivers improved data fidelity in current and voltage sample rates, which dramatically improves electrical system visibility, providing improved post-event analysis. “We understand that our customers’ electrical infrastructures are mission critical to their operations,” said Juan Macias, general manager, grid automation for GE’s Digital Energy business. “Our new Multilin 8 Series has been designed to deliver process reliability that our customers can count on to keep their operations up and running. This new platform takes advantage of advances in technology and design approach to maximize reliability and product life. We have also made significant investments in our business to ensure our manufacturing and quality processes will deliver a product that will exceed our customers’ expectations.” Designed to withstand the harsh environments typically found in the oil and gas and mining industries, where downtime immediately translates into lost revenue, the 8 Series leverages detailed asset diagnostics so operators can make informed, proactive decisions to reduce unplanned outages and accurately plan maintenance schedules. Using GE’s environmental awareness module to actively monitor both the environment and its own internal components, the 8 Series generates data that operators can use to make decisions about when maintenance or downtime should be scheduled, increasing operational uptime. The standard harsh conformal coating on the 8 Series’ printed circuit boards helps protect against environmental factors to help deliver higher reliability and extend product life.