Digital technologies are transforming the production processes of industry in all sectors. The benefits associated with the digitization of production plants are already a reality and, beyond that, quantifiable. Several European studies estimate that the digitisation of products and services has the potential to provide the industry with benefits of more than 110 billion euros per year and have determined that these technologies are the reason why industrial production on the continent has increased by 8% in ten years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
OilWear is a sensor that is capable of revealing, in real time, the quantity and type of wear that is produced in a critical machine. It makes it possible to distinguish whether the appearance of particles is caused by a phenomenon of adhesive wear, abrasive wear, fatigue or corrosion; this allows decisions to be taken with a better information base and avoids machinery wear by anticipating unplanned down time.