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INTRODUCING THE ADVANCED ECM MOTOR;

 DENVER, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Zoned-control heating and air- conditioning systems can save customers 20 percent to 50 percent on their energy bills(A) and provide greater comfort by better regulating temperature and humidity. The reach of these systems, however, has been to a limited market. Now with the help of GE Motors, these systems may soon be within the reach of a much broader market.
 With advancements made in the design of its built-in microprocessor, the programmable ECM(TM) motor should now help manufacturers in the development of a more cost-effective zoned-control system. In turn, as the products proliferate, the price of such a system is expected to fall and become available to a much larger segment of the market.
 "Our goal is to drive the price down on these systems to help make them more affordable," explains Engineering Manager Bill Archer. "Our product is a vital component necessary for that to happen."
 Zoned-control systems have existed for a number of years, but the systems require sophisticated and expensive control hardware to build properly. The new Advanced ECM motor eliminates the need for some of that hardware by expanding the capability of the ECM motor's built-in microprocessor.
 "Since the ECM motor is fully programmable, we could take the functions of that control hardware and tell the motor's software to do the same thing," says Archer.
 In a zoned-control system, heating and cooling is sent only to those zones or areas of the building that call for it. By controlling the distribution of air throughout the house, a homeowner can realize significant savings.
 Archer says that in order for a zoned-control system to work efficiently, a manufacturer must have a furnace or air conditioner that can vary its capacity. To make the variable capacity viable, the system must have a variable-speed blower motor to work properly.
 After extensive research, GE engineers determined all the performance possibilities a zoned-control system may require and programmed those features into the microprocessor located in the ECM motor's control compartment.
 "A year ago we introduced the programmable ECM motor, which is helping to make the benefits of variable-speed technology commonplace. We hope to make the same thing happen with the Advanced ECM motor and zoned control," Archer concludes.
 (A) -- Estimate from Carrier Corp.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Floyd of Ferguson Public Relations, 219-426-4401, for GE Motors/


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