Earlier this year, GE Industrial Systems celebrated the production of its three millionth ECM™ variable speed motor. The event, which included a factory tour, was held at the GE factory in Springfield, MO. In addition, GE partners, Carrier Corp. and The Trane Co. were on hand displaying their products, which use the ECM Motor. Since its introduction in 1992, the GE ECM™ motor has made it possible for the industry to introduce a programmable, high efficiency motor that helps to enable improved home comfort and improved indoor air quality in variable speed HVAC systems. Carrier displayed their ECM simulator kit – one of the latest diagnostic tools for contractors to use with Carrier’s line of gas furnaces. This simulator allows technicians to troubleshoot induce/blower motor related problems by simulating both the new ECM 2.5 serial communicating motor used in the new carrier 58MVP series 171, and the Weathermaker 8000 variable speed 58CVA. The kit is also compatible to all 58MVP series furnaces built since 1993. Trane was on hand, displaying their XL19i air conditioning products that have efficiencies up to 19 SEER. This product line uses the GE ECM indoor fan motor (used in the XV90) and variable speed motor (used in the XL19i). In addition, the XL1600 packaged unit also used the ECM motor. "With nearly 3 million ECM motors produced, the residential HVAC industry has capitalized on the technology with new premium products that added an estimated $3 billion to the profitability of this industry," says ECM Business Leader, Paul Goldman. "So this is a great opportunity for all of us to celebrate this milestone with those who have made this all possible: our customers and their distributors and dealers."