Munich, March 2012 - Availability is key to the operation of wind turbines as unplanned downtime resulting from component wear can be very costly. Repairs or bearing exchange are to be undertaken only in times of planned downtime and should be prevented whenever possible. Lubricant analysis can provide helpful information. While used oil analysis is already standard for gear oils, Klüber Lubrication's analysis service is now also available for lubricants in generators, blades and main bearings of wind turbines. The "Grease Condition Analysis (GCA)" service is now available as part of KlüberMonitor.
Bearing grease condition analyses by means of standardised methods on a regular basis provide information on the current condition of the grease. Based on analysis results, the failure risk of expensive components or systems can be reduced and useful life be increased. Grease condition analysis is not only recommended for standard condition monitoring, but also prior to changing over to another bearing grease.
"Klüber Lubrication considers this offer to be an element of sustainable customer care", says Ari-Pekka Holm, Manager Business Unit Wind Energy at Klüber Lubrication. "Our responsibility does not end after having sold a bearing grease. Our new grease condition analysis service informs operators on the status quo and gives a sign of warning whenever something is wrong."
Grease condition analyses made in Klüber Lubrication laboratories provide information on several aspects of a grease's current condition, including general grease condition, behaviour of the additives, oxidation, wear particles, mixing with foreign matter and oxidation and the extent to which old and new lubricant are mixed after changeovers. A sampling kit with detailed description is available from Klüber Lubrication.
The experts from Klüber Lubrication will be providing a straightforward, clear report on the results containing recommendations on how to proceed. Grease condition analysis is available for selected lubricating greases from Klüber Lubrication.
About Klüber Lubrication
Klüber Lubrication is one of the world's leading manufacturers of speciality lubricants, offering high-end tribological solutions to virtually all industries and markets worldwide. Most products are developed and made to specific customer requirements. During its more than 80 years of existence, Klüber Lubrication has provided high-quality lubricants, thorough consultation and extensive services, which has earned it an excellent reputation in the market. The company holds all common industrial certifications and operates a test bay hardly rivalled in the lubricants industry.
Klüber Lubrication, set up as a retail company for mineral oil products in Munich in 1929, is today part of Freudenberg Chemical Specialities, a Business Unit of the Freudenberg Group, Weinheim. In 2011, Klüber Lubrication had approximately 1900 employees in more than 30 countries.
Klüber Lubrication München
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