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Orbit 60 Series Update: Now Available to Quote!

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Darren Evans
Global Hardware Commercial Leader


Bently Nevada is excited to announce Orbit 60 is available to quote (ATQ) as of early April.  Our teams are actively working with customers on upgrade opportunities, new applications, and large global projects to position Orbit 60’s innovative design. The architecture of Orbit 60 provides significant overall project cost savings from field wiring deployment costs with our innovative bridging design, simplified network architecture from built-in cyber security and reduction in control room space with a smaller footprint to name a few. This article will focus on key areas of deployment cost savings with the Orbit 60 architecture.

How Long will 3500 be Supported?  
3500 and Orbit 60

One of the most common asked questions is how long will 3500 be supported and evaluating what technology to align with on upcoming projects. The 3500 is our flagship machinery protection and monitoring platform with over 86,000 installations globally, Bently Nevada acknowledges the significant investment our customers globally have made in this platform and we are committed to supporting the 3500 for many years to come. Bently Nevada has a strong history of supporting our products, when the 3500 was introduced into the marketplace in the mid 1990’s, we continued to support 3300 for nearly 20 years as customers had opportunities to align outages and migrate to the latest market standard. The Orbit 60 announcement is no different, we will continue to support 3500 in parallel as we roll out Orbit 60. Orbit 60 will be a feature rich product in release 1, therefore the choice is yours to continue with 3500 or explore the new Orbit 60 platform.

What Advantages can be Achieved on Installation and Operating Costs?

The most traditional deployment of 3500 is mounted in control rooms or instrument buildings with field wiring runs back to the machine. Occasionally their are limitations on field wiring lengths that need to be overcome or the choice becomes to field mount 3500 in specially designed enclosures for the environment. Either of these methods are perfectly acceptable and either 3500 or Orbit 60 can accommodate these scenario’s. However, Orbit 60 architecture provides a new concept to address field wiring costs and alternative deployment methods. 

Field Wiring

The Orbit 60 delivers a innovative one of a kind (patent pending) architecture to connect multiple systems together in release 1, whether you are sharing processing across multiple machines or aligning with the field I/O deployment to reduce installation costs. The bridging of Orbit 60 is not the same as other system to system connections you see today, all data from one system is replicated across all bridged systems at a very high speed, essentially extending the backplane across the plant for deployments for either condition monitoring and/or protection applications.  

This architecture allows the user to keep the processing components of the system out of the elements in a safe environment, while having the I/O next to the machine.  Industry standard Ethernet or fiber optic connectivity is used to connect the bridged systems, where lengths over a kilometer are now a reality, thus eliminating the field wiring length restrictions. This architecture is providing customers on average a 60% reduction in field wiring costs (electrical labor, conduit, wire and other materials) with the savings typically covering the investment of the hardware!

Figure 1: Star Configuration
Figure 2: Daisy Chain Configuration

It does not stop there, there are several other advantages for bridging:

  • No limitation to field wiring length, no longer a 1,000ft limitation
  • Reduction in group loops/noise
  • Triple connections on the bridge modules (all redundant) to provide confidence in protection applications
Control Room Space Optimization
Cabinet Orbit 60

With the reduction in the foot print of Orbit 60 by 50% compared to 3500, customers are also achieving a significant reduction in cabinet space in the instrument rooms or control rooms. This coupled with remote I/O deployments as noted above where all I/O modules are in the field, we are seeing at least a 50% reduction in panel space allocation when compared to current deployments. The cabinet design becomes more simplistic as all field wiring is done remotely with the control room cabinets focused on relay outputs and connectivity to external devices (DCS/Control System, System 1 and display networks).

Simplified Network Design

With foundational cyber security built-in every Orbit 60 system, several new architecture options are available to consider when connecting to your condition monitoring network. Orbit 60 will have built in latest encryption standards unlike any other system on the market today, in additional to segregation of condition monitoring and protection networks, network complexity can be simplified significantly. After several key customer engagements, we are noting network cost savings of up to 50% associated with Orbit 60.

Reduced Spares

Orbit 60 has consolidated our input monitors greatly, along with a common processor for all field inputs, customers are seeing a reduction of spare parts by 40% in the new Orbit 60 platform.


Orbit 60 milestones
  • Fall 2019 – Public disclosure and new product announcement (ATD)
  • Spring 2020 (April) - Available to quote (ATQ) fixed price proposals
  • Spring 2021 (April) – Available to ship (ATS) 

First customer pre-order received due to the enhanced cyber security of Orbit 60 in the Fall 2019!  Just one of the key benefits from the Orbit 60 platform architecture based on the voice of our customer in the development of this next generation platform.

Bently Nevada Sales Manager- Power Industry

Next Steps

Our teams are excited to discuss Orbit 60 in more detail, we have multiple technical white papers available for a deeper dive into the following topics. Please reach out through the contact us link below to receive a copy and we will connect you with your local expert.


Explore Orbit 60 docs
  • Orbit 60 Series or 3500 Detailed Comparison - This document details the difference between Bently Nevada’s Orbit 60 Series machinery protection system and the 3500 system.
  • Orbit 60 Data Security Condition Monitoring Module - This document is intended to describe how the Condition Monitoring Module in the Orbit 60 Series Monitoring System provides a secure solution with full high-resolution data to external networks without jeopardizing the operation of the protection functions.
  • Orbit 60 Series Bridging Concepts - Bently Nevada introduces the concept of bridging with the Orbit 60 Series system architecture. 
Learn more about Orbit 60




3500 or Orbit 60, which is right for you?

A consolidated comparison is available on our website.  In summary, we understand that the 3500 will still represent a great value for our customers who are not ready to fully leverage what the Orbit 60 can do. Rest assured, we are reaffirming our commitment to those customers and offering additional information to support.


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