Solutions from Atten2 to prevent breakdowns caused by lubricating oils contamination

 

Contamination of lubricating oils is a very common problem that can occur in any phase of its life cycle, causing unintended breakdown and production stoppages. The presence of contaminants in the lubricating fluid is not an isolated matter, occurring rarely or confined to one particular sector. On the contrary, it is a very frequent transversal problem for all industry sectors and is especially common in sectors located in highly demanding environmental conditions such as mining (dust), any offshore industry (water), and in manufacturing plants that use diesel motors (soot).

Types of failure in wind turbines gearbox stages

Bearings are mechanical parts designed to reduce the friction between a shaft and the pieces connected to it, which support it and ease its movement, so they are items of critical wear of the machinery in wind turbines.

How can the gearbox condition affect the useful life of a wind turbine?

 

In spite of the apparently simple configuration of a wind turbine there is a great number of factors that have an effect on its useful life and that can lead to failures of its mechanical, structural, electrical or control parts, with varying consequences for its operation.

Measures for preventing wear of machinery in wind turbines



In 2030, half of the 146,000 megawatts of wind power installed in Europe will be more than 20 years old, thus exceeding the useful life of two decades that until not so long ago was attributed to these installations. Of all the ones to be found in the continent, the Danish, German and Spanish ones are the oldest, so they will be the first to undergo reforms aimed at achieving the new expected milestone: preventing the wear of machinery in wind turbines, increasing their useful life by ten years and maximising their return.

How Atten2 prolongs the useful life of wind farms



One of the most widespread concerns in the wind energy sector is how to prevent the wear of machinery in wind farm turbines. Traditionally 20 years was the estimated performance of a fleet of wind turbines, whereas now the useful life is expected to extend by another 10 years, to 30.

Consequences of an excess of lubricants in an industrial environment

 

While many people with technical responsibility are well trained and are aware of the serious consequences of an excess of industrial lubricants, over-lubrication is a phenomenon that occurs more often than is desirable. While a lack of lubrication can lead to an immediate failure, an excess of it can bring about incidents in the longer term because they change the tribological conditions of the machine and greater contamination is caused for that type of condition. Little by little, these conditions create anomalies in the machine that can bring about a failure.

Causes of excess lubrication in critical machines

 

As a general rule, in matters to do with lubrication, the main concern tends to be the consequences of a lack of lubrication rather than the effects of an excess of it. However, this excess can lead to important damage in the bearings and other equipment and, by extension, in the rest of the components of the critical machines, in particular if they are rotating ones. So, in this post we are going to talk about the causes of an excess of industrial lubricants in critical machines.

Good practices for oil filling in industrial machinery

 

The absence or excess of lubrication are common causes of failures in the industrial machinery. For this reason, the tribological planning of each industry, independently of its size, must schedule checking and topping up level of the machines that make it up, a decisive task for preventing breakdowns that requires exhaustive programming and checking. Thus, checking and filling the lubricating oil are part of the day to day maintenance routines.

How Atten2 helps keep control of industrial lubricants

 

The monitoring solutions offered by Atten2, OilHealth and OilWear not only analyse the state of the oil in real time but can also help in detecting excess lubrication in critical machinery by means of the anomalies of wear and degradation that are produced in the fluid as a consequence of flooding by over-lubrication. In other words, they help to keep control of industrial lubricants.

The influence of lubrication on the wear items of industrial machinery

 

At the industrial level, lubrication is one of the most important matters for ensuring the reliability and availability of the different pieces of equipment that are present, such as mechanical transmissions, motors, pumps, compressors etc. All of these systems require lubrication and are susceptible to tribological failure since they are wear items of machinery.

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