After almost 30 years of faithful service, GE has announced they will retire the entire 90-30 line. As of October 1st, GEIP has changed the commercial status of the Series 90-30 to MATURE. For the most part, this means that GE will continue to manufacture new units for the next 2 years but will then declare the units DISCONTINUED. When a GE module is declare DISCONTINUED, it means GEIP will still offer Repair & Return, but won’t be building new units.
Over the years, GE has declared many individual 90-30 modules MATURE and then DISCONTINUED: IC693CPU331-a popular backplane CPU, IC693PCM311 – programmable co-processor module, amongst others. However, this new announcement applies to the entire line.
If you have a new project or expansion, obviously we suggest you do not use the 90-30, but consider the Rx3i. The Rx3i line was designed as a form, fit, and function replacement for the 90-30. The line has been around for almost 10 years and has been proven in the field. If you have an existing 90-30 you may want to explore upgrading to the Rx3i. (Please see: Upgrading a GE Series 90-30 PLC system to PACsystems Rx3i for more details)
Long story short, after almost 30 years of reliable, faithful service, the 90-30 will retire in about 2 years. Its time to learn about the Rx3i, make plans to upgrade, or make sure you have spares. If you have specific questions or concerns, please reach out to Vlad or David at Gexpro. If you would like an audit of your install and recommendations, we can help with that too.
Copy of the official EOL Notice:2015_10_01_Series 90-30 EOL Letter_Final