16 Jun '17, 5pm

Last Word: Safe Wind Turbine Operation Starts With Lubrication

Last Word: Safe Wind Turbine Operation Starts With Lubrication

For wind turbine operators, focusing on lubrication can have a big impact on enhancing safety. How, you ask? The greatest safety risks for wind operators occur during equipment servicing and maintenance. To conduct even the most basic equipment servicing, maintenance personnel must climb towers rising up to 400 feet high, sometimes working on top of the nacelle. With these challenges, any opportunity to reduce human-machine interaction (HMI), or the frequency which maintenance personnel interact with wind turbine equipment, can help enhance safety by reducing overall risk. That’s why lubrication matters. Proper lubrication of critical wind turbine equipment, including gearboxes, helps prevent unnecessary downtime and extends the service intervals of that equipment, thus reducing HMI and safety risk. Wind turbine components — particularly gears — operate under severe condit...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/06/last...

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