Strong and robust – Putting tailored heat-treated gearbox bearings to the test
Robust bearings are the key to a long-lasting wind turbine. To evaluate their surface and subsurface robustness and minimize failures, SKF has further developed the SKF Generalized Bearing Life Model (GBLM). During the "Bearing World by FVA" conference, the company presented its application of the SKF DuraPro for wind turbine gearboxes.
Towards Testing 4.0 – How SKF helps shape the future of wind energy
The demand on wind turbines is increasing. It is the same for the roller bearings that enable their smooth operation. These bearings must withstand ever-higher loads, pressure, and vibration, while still increasing efficiency and reliability as demand rises. To help companies meet these challenges, SKF analyzes large-scale roller bearing behavior under extreme and real conditions at the Sven Wingquist Test Center.
Supply chain transparency – Introducing a new solution for streamlining O&M
With the wind energy industry facing increased competition and decreasing margins, SKF and Boralex have teamed up. Their joint project, called the Wind Turbine Reliability Dashboard, will help predict maintenance requirements and streamline supply chain management, lowering overall operating costs and increasing profitability in the process.
Taking the environmental LEED – SKF test center rewarded for eco-friendliness
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a global green building certification system. Since 2010, SKF decided to construct all new buildings in compliance with LEED. It has kept its word and was recognized with the gold certification status for the Sven Wingquist Test Center in Schweinfurt, Germany.
A visual representation – Digitally demonstrating wind turbine components
A company develops a new wind turbine component; but without a platform to showcase this, it may be difficult to convince interested parties of its advantages. So how can manufacturers display key turbine parts, many of which are massive or only functional within a working turbine, to an audience? The digital era may present yet another solution.
Testing reaches new heights – SKF test center is setting new industry standards
In July 2017, the Sven Wingquist Test Center was opened in Schweinfurt, Germany. The aim of this project was to improve current testing software and standards and to develop more reliable large-size bearings. The facility is up and running and providing the wind power industry with a unique service.
Up to the test? – New test center for wind turbine main bearings
In order for a wind turbine bearing to be as effective and durable as possible, it must be tested thoroughly. This is not always an easy task, with few facilities having the capabilities to put large-size bearings through their paces. SKF recently built and opened the world’s most powerful test center for this purpose.
White etching cracks examined – Facing the challenge of premature bearing failure
White etching cracks are a symptom of bearing failure. SKF researchers and application engineers discuss how to tackle the challenges and reduce the risk of this failure mode.
The future of O&M – Big data #1: Driving operations and maintenance
Alongside new technologies and business models, modern trends like digitization and the Internet of Things are producing unprecedented amounts of information. This phenomenon – known as big data – is having a profound impact on almost every industry. And the wind energy sector is no exception.