A company that makes products to manage motion, vibration and noise has entered the wind turbine industry. Lord Corporation has 80 years of experience in vibration isolation and industrial dampening. Vibration and motion can contribute to premature failures in turbine gearboxes and generators. The cost of service and associated downtime is significant.
Lord’s first contract is with a major North American manufacturer of large turbines, for which the company designed a gear-box bushing and generator mounts. Internal testing has shown the bushing and mount design will exceed the 20-year service life requirement. Lord says it continues work on vibration and motion control products for larger turbines and new applications, including pitch-control-box mounts.