SKF, turbine component and service supplier, has developed a new analysis and support system to suit the needs of the global wind-power industry. SKF Enlight mobile with Cloud-based data collection is designed to improve inspection efficiency and reduce costs for frontline maintenance teams. It also provides wind-farm operators with rich, real-time data on turbine performance and reliability.
SKF Enlight combines the intuitive ease-of-use of an iOS or Android app that runs on a standard mobile device. It offers the power to access customized workflows for specific tasks, and the ability to collect data from a wide range of sources and sensors. Behind the scenes, the DataCollect app connects wirelessly to the SKF Cloud. All inspection data is uploaded and stored securely for review and analysis.
Wind-energy companies can now take their paper-based maintenance processes online with SKF Enlight, creating data-collection forms that guide staff step-by-step through standard inspection activities, and assisted with images and online manuals. The fully customizable forms can be set up to suit standard operating procedures, including items such as mandatory safety checks to protect personnel.
Once in use, the system is able to connect directly to a wide variety of sensors, allowing photographs and video to be collected and uploaded together with data on temperature, humidity, vibration, and a host of other operating parameters. SKF Enlight’s smart forms also adapt based on the data collected, providing for different inspection protocols depending on turbine operating hours. It will also suggest immediate corrective actions if reading are out-of-tolerance.
“The user-friendly SKF Enlight system allows our wind-energy customers to engage more of their staff in inspection and maintenance activities,” says Hannes Leopoldseder, SKF Global Sales Manager Wind Operations and Maintenance. “The system is easily scalable as companies expand their infrastructure, and safely storing inspection data in the Cloud in a secure, standardized way has significant advantages for companies looking for a high level, real-time view of equipment performance.”
To help with diagnosis and correction of more challenging issues, users can also connect SKF Enlight directly to online support services, such as those offered by SKF Remote Diagnostic Services, providing immediate access to expert personnel supported by more than 100 years of SKF engineering knowledge.
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