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Bently gets ASME award

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The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) recently selected Donald E. Bently, founder, chairman and CEO of Bently Nevada Corp., to receive the 1999 R. Tom Sawyer Award. Bently was chosen for his “advancements in developing primary instrumentation and diagnostic tools, which have resulted in the advancement of gas turbine engine development and its continued successful operation.”

Formal presentation of the award, which consists of a $1,000 honorarium, plaque and certificate, will be made during the ASME Turbo Expo, Land, Sea and Air ’99, Exposition and Users Symposium in Indianapolis, Ind., on June 7-10.

The award recognizes Bently’s role in developing and advocating the use of shaft-observing proximity probes in many types of turbomachinery. Prior to the early 1960s, gas turbines were often monitored solely with casing vibration transducers. Today, thanks to his efforts, proximity probes are universally accepted as a superior method of instrumenting virtually all machinery, not just gas turbines, for protection and diagnostic purposes.

Bently Nevada leads the industry it pioneered by providing instrumentation, software and engineering services worldwide to help customers protect and manage their rotating and reciprocating machinery. Its headquarters are located in Minden, where it employs 1,600 people – 950 people locally and an additional 650 employees in the company’s global network of over 80 sales and service offices located in the principal industrial centers of more than 40 countries.

Bently was raised near Muscatine, Iowa, and received a bachelor’s degree in 1949 and master’s degree in 1950 in electrical engineering from the University of Iowa. He is a member of Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He lives in Minden, where he is chairman and CEO of Bently Nevada Corp.