A manufacturer of suspended access platforms has provided two 360° platforms (BAPs) to Suspendem Rope Access Inc. so its crews can conduct blade repairs and de-icing jobs on GE and REpower turbines at two different sites in Quebec, Canada.
The 360° BAPs, from Spider, a division of SafeWorks LLC, provides safe, reliable and productive blade repair access for several turbines near Saint-Ulric and access to install experimental new anti-icing technology on two 2.05 MW MM92 turbines for Wind Energy TechnoCentre. “With Spider’s universal 360° BAPs, we get a crew of three on the platform at the same time to do the larger repair work and the installation of anti-icing equipment on the blades,” says Bill Talbot, Director of Business Operations at Suspendem.
“The modularity of the 360° BAP solved the mobilization challenges posed by the remote locations,” says Clint Ramberg, Spider’s Wind Access Director. “Because the 360° BAP breaks into convenient pickup-truck loads and then quickly reassembles to engage the blade, we saved Suspendem significant on-site time. Spider has experience in providing tower and blade access to 70% of the all wind turbines. To support Suspendem we provided an approved rigging plan and a stable, and provincial-compliant equipment that easily customizes for future blade and tower access projects.”
“Spider makes it easy, with the onsite installation support, rigging expertise and simple training. We were able to get the job done on time more effectively and efficiently,” says Talbot. To view the 360° blade access product animation click here: http://www.spiderstaging.com/wind/360BladeAccess.aspx