ONYX, Nearthlab team up for predictive maintenance


ONYX Insight, a global provider of predictive maintenance solutions and Nearthlab, an autonomous drone solution company, have entered into partnership to deliver a whole turbine predictive maintenance solution for wind farm operators.

ONYX Insight will use Nearthlab’s experience with mobile drone technology, reducing reliance on the availability of trained drone pilots and enabling self-performing operators to perform visual inspections of their turbine blades for substantially lower costs.

Nearthlab’s autonomous drone takes 15 minutes of flight time to finish the inspection for one wind turbine. (Courtesy: ONYX Insight)

“After two years of collaboration with Nearthlab across a large fleet of assets, we’ve identified strong benefits to turbine health management by combining our technologies into one unified offer,” said Ashley Crowther, ONYX Insight’s chief commercial officer.

“For major components in a fleet, the damage cases can be managed efficiently, end-to-end, from detection through to repair and QAQC.” The partnership will cover North America, with ONYX Insight licensed to use Nearthlab’s Zoomable software to assess the health of wind turbines.

“NearthWIND Mobile, our latest plug-and-play solution, is proving to be a game-changer in the world of drone inspections,” said Jay Choi, Nearthlab’s co-founder and CEO. “Now, dubbed with ONYX Insight’s expertise and reach within the predictive maintenance market, Nearthlab will come to spread its wings wide across industries and regions.”

Nearthlab’s use of autonomous drone technology combined with ONYX Insight’s market leadership in wind-turbine predictive maintenance can help wind operators reduce the costs of maintaining their turbines.

With ONYX Insight now able to monitor 85 percent of major component failures, an all-in-one turbine health management provider delivers the confidence to self-perform sooner, enabling owner/operators to identify problems earlier, manage them with fewer resources, and ultimately bring down the overall cost of wind-farm operations.

The partnership will enable wind operators full predictive data maintenance for their wind turbines with consistent reporting from a single ecosystem while bringing drone operations in-house.

Founded in 2015, Nearthlab provides AI-powered O&M solutions for the infrastructure inspection market. With extensive experience in wind-turbine blade inspection, Nearthlab’s autonomous drone takes 15 minutes of flight time to finish the inspection for one wind turbine. Data collected from the inspection is uploaded onto Nearthlab’s data management platform, Zoomable, to be analyzed into insights assisting companies to optimize their operation and maintenance procedure.

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