Archives June 2018


June 2018


Boosting operating efficiency

Predictive maintenance based on vibration monitoring can raise the efficiency of wind turbines by preventing catastrophic failure and unscheduled downtime.

The cost of maintenance in the wind-turbine industry is escalating: A report from GlobalData estimates that the cost of turbine maintenance will rise to about $17 billion in 2020 — nearly twice that of 2014. It’s because the number of turbines is increasing — including many old ones that require more frequent maintenance. For an […]
Martin Armson

Tackling turbine security

Turbine hardware and software aren’t made in a bubble, which sparks the need to tackle security vulnerabilities.

One wind turbine can create 18 full-time jobs in the U.S., and so even detractors are having a hard time ignoring wind power’s momentum. The challenge for the coming years, however, is plant security. The industry is looking at a challenge from grid operators and regulators: How can the wind industry support efforts leading to […]
Robert Weber

Protecting critical equipment

How tribology can help extend machinery service life.

Tribology is the science of interacting surfaces in relative motion. Basically, it studies friction, wear, and lubrication — three phenomena linked to surface degradation and, thus, to machine reliability and performance. When machines wear out, they perform worse, are less productive, and finally, begin to fail as a result of mechanical damage. A major reference […]
Edgar Martínez De Aguas