Availon, Inc., has been named a distributor for Schunk Graphite Technology LLC (SGT). Availon will now offer customers products from Schunk including brush holders, carbon brushes, slip rings, and other components critical for the reliable operation and higher availability of wind turbines.
Steve Thompson, Availon North America’s president, says that “Both Availon and Schunk have a successful history in Europe working together in the challenging wind industry market. Now we share the common goal of advancing the growth of wind energy in the United States and Canada. It is only natural that we are joining forces to offer better service and state-of-the art parts to our customers.”
John Boorman, Availon North America’s director of sales, adds that “Schunk’s brush holders and carbon brushes will play significant roles in implementing one of the money-saving upgrades offered by Availon. The brush holder upgrade decreases the time required to replace brushes and prevents small parts from being lost in the slip ring compartment during the replacement process. The innovative brush configuration reduces irregular wear and extends service life up to 50 percent.”
Availon, Inc. specializes in parts and services for GE, Vestas, and Siemens turbines and is expanding to other turbine types. In addition to being a primary supplier for SSB and Duradrive parts, Availon is also an exclusive vendor for Bachmann, Leonard+Bauer, and Convertec parts. The Availon global portfolio includes spare parts supply and management, end of warranty inspections, individual turbine optimization, turbine upgrades, field services, remote monitoring, and operations and maintenance.
Availon is a part of the Availon GmbH family. Availon has business units in the United States, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Currently Availon operates throughout North America and Europe and is expanding into other regions as well. Availon is the first independent wind turbine service provider to be both ISO 9001 certified and fully certified by Germanischer Lloyd in staff training, troubleshooting, and repair processes. Schunk Graphite Technology LLC is a globally-active technology group, comprising more than 60 companies in 28 countries in the core markets of carbon technology and ceramics, environmental simulation technology and climate technology, sintered metal technology, and ultrasonic welding technology. The Schunk Group is a technology leader in these fields. Go online to www.availon.com or www.schunkgraphite.com.