SKF has launched the SKF Condition Based Lubrication that enables remote and automatic lubrication of a wind turbine’s hard to access bearing system, eliminating the need for an on-site service engineer to perform extra manual lubrication.
SKF Condition Based Lubrication is an interface that allows a connection between the Condition Monitoring (SKF WindCon) and SKF or Lincoln Lubrication systems (SKF Windlub). Reacting to problems detected by the CMS, SKF Condition Based Lubrication signals a lubrication pump to initiate additional lubrication cycles to the existing time-based cycle. A condition monitoring specialist can set the proper alarm settings to trigger additional lubrication cycles.
The SKF system lets the its WindCon monitor lubrication pumps and components, including pump status and grease levels. If failures such as empty or blocked pumps or torn feed lines are detected, operators are notified immediately.
“As an inclusion to an already planned investment in lubrication systems and CMS, SKF Condition Based Lubrication is a cost effective add-on,” says Harry Timmerman, Product Manager SKF WindCon. “As such it brings the two systems together to create new features, letting the lubrication regime react to the SKF WindCon CMS’s measurements.”
Early detection of lubrication failures working in combination with automatic lubrication can avoid unnecessary and inconvenient maintenance operations, which is particularly important for offshore applications. It will also save on downtime and loss of production while waiting for intervention, lengthen the wind turbine’s life time, and reduce the risk of cascading failures. All SKF products for the Wind industry are part of the SKF BeyondZero portfolio.