The Timken Company, a provider of engineered bearings and power transmission products, is expanding its line of mounted bearings with spherical roller bearing solid-block housed units that allow for even easier installation and removal for a multitude of applications. “Timken spherical roller bearing solid-block housed units with double-nut adapters are designed for tough conditions without being hard…
Timken finalizes acquisition of Cone Drive
The Timken Company, a global provider in engineered bearings and power transmission products, says that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Cone Drive, a leader in precision drives used in diverse markets including automation, aerial platforms, and renewables. Cone Drive is headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, and has manufacturing operations in the United States and China. The…
Liebherr offers new main bearings for wind turbines
At WindEnergy Hamburg, a significant industry event, Liebherr will present its new main bearing to the public. This key component is a new development that complements the existing Liebherr portfolio of slewing bearings for electromechanical and hydraulic rotor blade and yaw adjustment of wind turbines. These slewing bearings make the rotor able to turn steadily…
IMO to launch blade bearing retrofit kit at WindEnergy Hamburg
At this year’s WindEnergy Hamburg, German bearing specialist IMO will present a specially developed blade bearing retrofit kit. WindEnergy Hamburg is part of the world’s largest onshore and offshore wind event, Global Wind Summit, which will run September 25 to 28. IMO’s new retrofit kit is based on its patented T-Solid product family and able to…
New igus bearing assists in quick, easy liner replacement
igus has introduced drylin W Exchange, a new bearing for its drylin W linear system in which the liner can be replaced directly on the rail without dismantling the system. Using a practical assembly tool, users can push the old liner out of the housing, clip the new one on to the shaft and push…
Wind turbine owners share gearbox & drivetrain issues in survey
Editor’s note: This article and survey comes from O2O Wind International, o2owind.com and was written and compiled by Marten Nilsson. Input from 85 wind-turbine owners and employees, working for 47 different energy companies in 27 countries on 6 different continents. Real issues that owners need to solve and with input on how to solve this…
No time to look for a special filter or need a turbine manual? Online market may have you covered
The Netherlands-based Spares in Motion took another approach with a cleverly simple idea: It started business connecting buyers with the sellers of spare parts for wind turbines.
Timken to showcase new wind-turbine solutions at AWEA’s WINDPOWER 2018
As the American wind power industry continues to grow, The Timken Company continues to pioneer new wind-energy solutions with drivetrain improvements aimed at the mainshaft, gearbox, and generator bearings. Power producers, rebuilders, turbine and gearbox original equipment manufacturers are invited to meet with Timken engineers at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER 2018 Show, May 7 to 10 to…
How bearing life estimation models help with wind turbine maintenance planning and spares inventory
Bearing life calculations
How large offshore wind turbines are challenging bearing designs
Despite the challenges of constructing offshore turbines and their bearing designs, the capacity there is expected to grow as suitable land-based sites become scarcer and operators take advantage of the greater consistency of wind at sea.
Why integrated bearing designs reduce wind-turbine gearbox failures
By Michelle Froese | Senior editor Windpower Engineering & Development A bearing typically has three pieces: the rollers, an inner race that is pressed onto a shaft, and an outer race that is pressed into the gear bore. Exceptional engineering and quality components are important if the gearbox is to endure the harsh and variable…
LogiLube and Winergy collaborate to test an oil condition monitor
LogiLube, LLC is a Wyoming-based technology company focused on developing edge-to-cloud-to-client Big Data predictive analytics and machine learning solutions in the field of intelligent machine health management.
Gearing Solutions has the gearboxes for turbines from 25 to 50 kW
Our gearboxes are constructed using NU LOBE gears, which optimize the roller gear profile.
How artificial intelligence will improve O&M
Artificial intelligence is being applied to most every industry in efforts to improve operations and trim costs. Here’s how early efforts are already benefitting the wind industry.
Gearbox Express names John McKay VP of Operations
Gearbox Express, the only independent company in North America solely focused on providing down-tower, wind gearbox remanufacturing solutions, has named John McKay Vice President of Operations.
Castrol Optigear reduces gearbox friction and wear
Castrol Optigear, a solution to the problems listed, provides a range of leading high performance gear oils, proven to reduce friction, actively resist wear and extend the life of your gearbox.
New online catalogue from SKF makes bearings selection easier
The latest edition of SKF’s popular Rolling Bearings Catalogue is now available online. The authors have aimed to make this new publication an essential engineering reference for users of rolling bearings, covering their appropriate selection, configurations, and applications, and providing detailed guidance on correct installation procedures to ensure long and trouble-free service life. The Engineering…
Full range of Timken deep-groove ball bearings now available
Timken deep groove ball bearings follow ISO standards and are dimensionally interchangeable with competitor products. Designed to deliver optimal performance and long life.
Case study: Condition assessment of non-inspectable turbine bearings
Sometimes bearings in wind-turbine gearboxes are not reachable with an endoscope probe. This is a common issue for specific gearbox models, where several bearings are partially or completely non-inspectable. It is caused by either the tight construction of the bearing itself or shaft elements, such as oil deflectors, which impede the access. But how does an…
Wind turbine common failures and solutions
Experience is improving estimates of failure times for critical components such as bearings, said experts at the 3rd Annual Wind Optimization & Maintenance Canada conference.