A German manufacturing of gearboxes for the wind industry now offers wind turbine gearbox services out of its Vernon Hills, Ill. remanufacturing and parts distribution center. ZF Services Booth 12663, now operates six wind turbine gearbox service centers around the world, with the Dortmund, Germany service center being in operation for over three years. For owners of wind farms in international markets, company benefits to wind farm owners through:
§ A global inventory of swing units, bearings, and other spare parts
§ Reduced pricing of commodity parts as a result of the company’s purchasing power
§ Increased knowledge of wind turbine gearbox-specific problems due to international experience with more gearbox types and sizes
Equipped with a 30-ton capacity crane and veteran gear specialists, the company is centrally located within the region and is able to perform complete repair of the gearbox and main shaft, update units to the latest engineering specifications, upgrade lubrication systems and perform engineering upgrades that eliminate repetitive failures. In addition, the company offers up-tower services. These include end-of-warranty validation of gearboxes with endoscopic gearbox inspections and minor repairs to the gearbox while in the nacelle.