Software remotely monitors blade pitch and its controls

Moog wind systemsThe recent Remote Terminal Software gives wind farm operators and turbine manufacturers greater control of the operation of pitch systems, which are critical to the efficiency and safety of wind turbines. The Remote Terminal Software can be accessed by Moog engineers and a customer’s service personnel using a single, user-friendly GUI (Graphical User Interface). Based on a proven architecture, the software lets users remotely diagnose potential operational issues in the pitch system and take corrective actions, either by parameter editing or through preventive maintenance actions.

The status view of the pitch-control system will be displayed alongside important control information to make it a comprehensive but easy to use service tool. A parameter editor offers a full data-set and protected access to key parameters in the pitch system control software. The integrated condition monitoring functions provide early diagnoses of potential issues to reduce turbine downtime. The tool will also help operators plan on-site service work, allowing for targeted maintenance. Software updates can also be applied remotely to ensure that customers can take advantage of continuous improvements in the tool. These are made based on feedback from global service organizations.

“As large numbers of wind turbines are situated in places difficult to reach by service personnel, it is essential that remote access is available to offer critical monitoring and control functions,” says Moog R&D manager Tobias Rösmann. “The new pitch software ensures that our clients can perform operational analysis and monitoring based on real-time data. This eliminates the need for time-consuming and costly on-site service visits and will play an important role in reducing wind power cost of energy.”

Moog Inc.

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