ELSTER PERFECTION LAUNCHES RETROFIT PROGRAM

CLEVELAND, OH, December 2, 2010 Elster Perfection a leading manufacturer and supplier of high integrity systems for the natural gas, propane, and water distribution industries, has official launched its Retrofit Program.

Elster Perfection a leading manufacturer and supplier of high integrity systems for the natural gas, propane, and water distribution industries, has official launched its Retrofit Program.
Elster Perfection has a history of developing innovative and cost effective solutions to problems encountered by customers in the gas industry. It was through these customer relationships that the Retrofit Program was born.

The Retrofit Program consists of five different components and assemblies, including the Servi-Sert® Retrofit Adapter, Brass Base Service Tee, Cut-in Curb Valve, Servi-Sert Interchange Riser and the Anodeless Riser Repair Kit. The Retrofit Program line uses proven technology to aid in the repair of problematic natural gas service line components and accessories.

To minimize costly excavations, product replacement and hardscape restoration, the Retrofit Program line allows for the replacement or enhancement of the problematic service line component. This translates into greatly reduced costs and minimal excavation efforts.

“Thousands of products from the Retrofit Program line are currently in use across the United States,” said Jim Hansen, Elster Perfection‘s senior product manager.

In the Northeast, a large natural gas utility was faced with costly and labor intensive replacement of a competitor’s steel tapping tee product that held potential to leak. Elster Perfection’s solution was the Servi-Sert® Retrofit Adapter, a specially designed part to replace only the faulty compression outlet while salvaging the welded mainline tee. The use of the Servi-Sert Retrofit Adapter provided significant cost savings versus the traditional replacement method, while providing a leak free connection. The Servi-Sert Retrofit adapter saved the utility between 15 to 20 percent per installation.

In the Midwest, another utility faced the daunting task of replacing nearly 150,000 service line risers produced by a competitor due to seal issues in the risers’ service head adapter. Elster Perfection’s solution to the replacement of the entire riser was the Servi-Sert Interchange Head. The Servi-Sert Interchange Head usually takes less than 30 minutes to install, requires minimal tooling and safely recycles most of the existing non-gas carrying components. The repair is made by cutting away the suspect head from the flexible casing and replacing it with Elster Perfection’s Servi-Sert Interchange Head. The use of Elster Perfection’s Retrofit product saved the utility thousands of installation hours and dollars in installation and restoration costs.

 


About Elster

Elster (NYSE: ELT) is one of the world's largest electricity, gas and water measurement and control providers. Its offerings include distribution monitoring and control, advanced smart metering, demand response, networking and software solutions, and numerous related communications and services - key components for enabling consumer choice, operational efficiency and conservation. Its products and solutions are widely used by utilities in the traditional and emerging Smart Grid markets.

Elster has one of the most extensive installed revenue measurement bases in the world, with more than 200 million metering devices deployed over the course of the last 10 years. It sells its products and services in more than 130 countries across electricity, gas, water and multi-utility applications for residential, commercial and industrial, and transmission and distribution applications. For more information about Elster, please visit www.elster.com.

For further information contact:

Alison Woodworth, Elster Gas North America, 440-415-1663, awoodworth@perfectioncorp.com