North America's reliance on sustainable energy from wind turbines increases every year. Wind turbines have some of the most demanding lubrication requirements and even routine maintenance tasks on these behemoths are time consuming and difficult. The wind turbine gearbox is especially susceptible to particulate and moisture contamination and the lubricants utilized in this application must be able to withstand high contact point loads under drastic temperature fluctuations. The oil must be able to endure long drain periods in order to provide a reasonable maintenance cycle, as a complete oil change requires significant effort on part of the maintenance personnel.
Undetected, contamination of the lubricant from particulate and moisture will lead to premature failure of the main bearing and gears. Unmonitored, poor oil condition will lead to varnish and shellacking resulting in gearbox failure. Repair costs for wind turbine gearboxes are exorbitant. Crane rental and gearbox removal alone costs $40,000 or more, not including gearbox repair costs and lost energy revenues.
In order to achieve peace of mind on the operating condition of your wind turbine lubricants you need the comprehensive testing that WearCheck Advanced Oil Monitoring™ provides. Specifically designed for wind turbines, WearCheck's advanced oil monitoring combines well established industry tests with more recent advances in industry testing to provide an unparalleled view of the operating condition of your critical lubricants.
WearCheck's Advanced Oil Monitoring™ determines the levels of remaining anti-oxidants in the oil, detects for unwanted oil contamination and will accurately determine the suitability of the lubricant for continued use. A comprehensive diagnosis will warn you of any potential for damaging contamination including water, particulate and varnish build-up and includes recommendations for any necessary maintenance actions to remove contaminants and restore the lubricant to proper operating conditions.
WearCheck's Advanced Oil Monitoring™ is intended for use with horizontal and vertical axis wind turbine gearboxes, bearings, and integrated hydraulic systems.