Renewable Certification body Germanischer Lloyd (GL) recently held a ceremony with Romax Technology to celebrate the significant achievement of the 25th GL Statement of Compliance (A-Design Assessment Certification) over the last three years. The ceremony, held at Romax’ HQ in Nottingham, England on Wednesday, April 3rd 2013, involved key members of the Romax project team who have been involved in the design and development of gearboxes. Key members of GL including Dr Karl Steingroever will award Romax the 25th A-Design Certificate and celebrate its working relationship in supporting the global wind market in achieving a world leading engineering standard.
“Romax is recognised by GL as the first company in the world to achieve 25 Gearbox designs with A-Design Certificates,” says Steingroever. “The Romax’ team of industry experts have developed reliable and accurate engineering processes, backed by technological experience, from planning through to certification, which means they consistently achieve this difficult challenge, quickly and expertly.”
Romax has a track record of over 20 years engineering experience, along with advanced tools in developing gearbox and drivetrain designs and working closely with government, industry and the major certification bodies. The company has a total of 29 gearbox designs in production of which 25 are GL certified for wind turbines from 1.5 to 5 MW and up.
Director of the Drivetrain Business Unit at Romax Technology, Dr Xiaobing Hu, said “Romax has worked with GL in establishing a close-working collaboration. We have benefited from their guidance and have invested the time to understand and comply with the latest thinking in standards. Our experienced engineers together with our design expertise, software tools, and consultancy services have let us develop a compressed, rapid response development cycle. That has reduced the total time of the normal process by more than 70% while ensuring designs successfully exceed international standards. This makes our certification process right first time, which is crucial for our customers as it means reduced design costs and a faster time to market.’
As part of its on-going investment in drivetrain development, Romax uses state-of-the-art design and analysis techniques supported by its RomaxDESIGNER for wind, simulation software. This software is the only one certified by GL for gear calculations to design and analyse drivetrains to certification standards. This is supported, says the company, by its lifecycle engineering services including manufacturing assessment and support, technical training, operations and maintenance services and its advanced predictive maintenance tools.