Lincoln QuickLub cuts long-term costs in wind turbine maintenance operations26 November 2015

Lubrication can reduce wind maintenance costs Lubrication can reduce wind maintenance costs

Lincoln Quicklub Lubrication System from SKF boosts wind turbine maintenance efficiency by cutting costs and extending maintenance cycles

Lincoln Quicklub Lubrication System from SKF plays a vital role in streamlining the maintenance of wind turbines. By improving lubrication efficiency, Quicklub helps to lengthen component life and extend maintenance cycles, as well as being less costly than manual lubrication.

Using Quicklub, lubricant is dispensed by a piston pump via progressive metering devices – giving the right quantity in the right place at the right time. The system is easy to monitor, giving feedback should a failure occur.

Regular lubrication is vital for a wind turbine if it is to run at maximum efficiency, but doing this manually can be costly, time consuming, and prone to errors and safety issues: lubrication points are often inaccessible, which can require the turbine to be taken off-grid while work is carried out. Quicklub eliminates these problems by delivering precisely metered doses of lubricant only when and where it is needed – with supply determined by the actual operating conditions of each turbine.

“Manual lubrication costs account for up to 10 percent of a wind turbine’s total servicing bill,” Tim Veal, lubrication systems business manager for SKF, said. “This makes automatic lubrication, either on a new turbine or as a retrofit, an attractive option.”

Automated lubrication using Quicklub enables a more cost-effective maintenance regime in a number of ways. Dispensing lubrication automatically and without human intervention frees up technicians for other tasks. In addition, automated systems prevent over-lubrication of a component, enabling substantial lubricant savings over time. They also dispense lubricant more accurately and at the right time, which lengthens component lifetime and extends the time between major service intervals. Crucially, an automatic lubrication system allows for lubricant to be dispensed while the turbine is in operation – rather than needing to take it off-grid.

Mark Venables

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