Extending wind-turbine life with SKF Condition Based Lubrication

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    2013 November 19, 09:00 CET

    Actively combining Lubrication and Condition Monitoring Systems (CMS), SKF Condition Based Lubrication automatically adds additional lubricant to wind turbine bearings, extending their life.

    Gothenburg, 19 November 2013: SKF launches the SKF Condition Based Lubrication that enables remote and automatic lubrication of a wind turbine’s hard to access bearing system, eliminating the need for an on-site service engineer to perform extra manual lubrication.

    SKF Condition Based Lubrication is an interface enabling a connection between the Condition Monitoring (SKF WindCon) and SKF or Lincoln Lubrication systems (SKF Windlub). Reacting to the problems detected by the CMS, SKF Condition Based Lubrication allows a lubrication pump to initiate additional lubrication cycles to the existing time-based cycle. A condition monitoring specialist can set the proper alarm settings to trigger additional lubrication cycles.

    SKF Condition Based Lubrication allows the SKF WindCon system to monitor lubrication pumps and components, including pump status and grease levels. If failures such as empty or blocked pumps or torn feed lines are detected, operators are notified immediately.

    “As an inclusion to an already planned investment in lubrication systems and CMS, SKF Condition Based Lubrication is a very cost effective add-on,” says Harry Timmerman, Product Manager SKF WindCon.  “As such it brings the two systems together to create new and unique features, allowing the lubrication regime to react to the SKF WindCon CMS’s measurements.”

    This early detection of lubrication failures working in combination with automatic lubrication will naturally avoid unnecessary and inconvenient maintenance operations, which is particularly important for offshore applications. It will also save on downtime and loss of production while waiting for intervention, lengthen the wind turbine’s life time, and reduce the risk of cascading failures.

    All SKF products for the Wind industry are part of the SKF BeyondZero portfolio.*

    *The SKF BeyondZero product portfolio contains products that offer enhanced environmental performance characteristics. To be included in the SKF BeyondZero portfolio, SKF products, services and solutions must deliver significant environmental benefits.

    Aktiebolaget SKF

    For further information, please contact: Press Relations: Nia Kihlström, +46 31-337 2897; +46 706 67 28 97; nia.kihlstrom@skf.com

    SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2012 were SEK 64,757 million and the number of employees was 46,775. www.skf.com

    ® SKF is a registered trademark of the SKF Group.
    ™ BeyondZero is a trademark of the SKF Group.

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