Three keys to tackling the digitalisation of production processes

The digitalisation of the industry is a deeply transformative process, the effects of which are only comparable to the Industrial Revolution. This hugely important step, which is part of the Industry 4.0 concept, is the result of implementing innovative technology that provides added knowledge to production processes.

Atten2, advanced data for the digitalisation of industrial maintenance

 

The economy as a whole is undergoing serious changes in our days lead by the development of new and innovative information technologies which are bringing about profound transformations, not only to the big players in their respective sectors; but also leveraging the small and medium players to complete and even disrupt industries once thought consolidated or mature.

The cost of not applying an adequate maintenance strategy at a wind farm

 

Even though predictive maintenance has proven its ability to avoid unscheduled stoppages and faults in critical components, there are still many companies that fail to consider new monitoring technologies in their maintenance plans and strategies. Often, predictive maintenance is considered as a cost and not as an investment with return, which is far from the experience of any industry that has opted for this technique and is seeing the investment quickly repaid.

What is the best maintenance strategy for a wind farm?

 

Spanish wind farms are the oldest on the European continent, along with Danish and German ones. The major investment involved in renewing this equipment justifies a widespread trend in the sector: trying to prolong their useful life in order to reach 30 years of operation, ten years more than what was considered to be the maximum operation time for this equipment until recently.

Industrial Sectors Sensitive to Lubricating Oil Contamination

 

Oil contamination can significantly speed up the deterioration of a lubricating system or equipment, in addition to being the source and cause of breakdowns and malfunctions in industrial machinery.

External Contaminants in Lubricating Oils: A Common but Critical Problem

 

The main source of revenue loss due to machine downtime is closely linked to an excess of lubricant contamination, be it dust, water, contaminants from the process itself, the use of an incorrect lubricant or a mixture of all of these elements.

How to prevent contaminants in lubricating oils

 

One of the main functions of lubricating oils is to clean the systems in which they are used, that is to say, to eliminate both the contamination that is generated inside the machinery and any that may be introduced from outside. The loss of properties of the oil caused by the contamination is, therefore, an intrinsic and inevitable aspect for fulfilling this paramount task, but for the oil to be capable of handling this function of cleaning the systems throughout its useful life it is fundamental to keep its levels of contamination to a minimum.

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.

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