Gearbox Express is introducing its Revolution gearbox upgrade. It’s a set of upgrades and a new thought process for wind energy gearboxes from 1.5 to 2.3 MW. Developed by the team at GBX, Revolution addresses the most common premature failure modes in gearboxes.
“The Gearbox Express team has seen many gearbox failures with most having the same premature failure characteristics,” said Gearbox Express CEO Bruce Neumiller. “We saw a huge opportunity to address these common reasons by integrating upgrades that will provide significantly longer gearbox life. Revolution is a technical product unlike anything else in the industry and it creates a paradigm shift in the wind industry with a direct, commercial impact on our customers’ business.”
Revolution features a:
- 5-year, no-risk warranty
- Case-carburized ring gear
- Timken case carburized and coated cylindrical roller bearings in the HSS, IMS, and planet positions
- Water-Lok maintains low water concentration
- GBXtreme Filter to six micron while maintaining high flow at 1,000 beta
- Non desiccant, GBX Water Blocker Breather System
- Factory filled with Amsoil EP55, ISO 320 oil
Revolution gearboxes are built in Gearbox Express’s 43,000 square-foot, climate-controlled facility in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, which also offers a highly-flexible, technologically-advanced 3.1 MW test stand. In addition to Revolution, Gearbox Express technicians also remanufacture gearboxes to the latest revision level.
“When we started operations in 2012, we had a vision on how to help wind farm owners protect and manage their assets,” said Neumiller. “Our growth has exceeded expectations and Revolution is another vital component to our business model that is based on keeping investments running.”
Three wind industry vets founded GBX and succeeded in attracting millions of dollars of investment capital along with a $3.4 million low interest, revolving loan from the Wisconsin State Energy Program. Additional investments are forthcoming as GBX pursues its next growth phase.
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