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Managing Supply Chain Costs through Digitalization & Forward Planning

Published on September 12, 2017

Article Featured in North American Clean Energy Magazine: 

Wind turbines are designed to operate for 20 years. However, wind operators experience gearbox failure rates of up to 50 percent across the lifetime of their fleet. As a result, the industry spends billions of dollars annually in supply chain costs. High transportation costs and logistical difficulties, especially in remote and offshore locations, contribute to an asset manager’s need to invest in digital technologies that provide visibility into the maintenance and inventory budget needs on an annual and multiyear basis.

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GE Reduces Future Investment in Predix Digitalization Solution: What Went Wrong?

Published on September 11, 2017

Over the last six years, GE has spent more than $4 billion transforming its 125-year old GE, traditionally known for manufactured products, and set out to turn it into a digital company. GE attributed the shift in business strategy and service to the success of digital platforms like Amazon and Microsoft Corp., according to a recent article published by Reuters.

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Sentient Science featured as Invest Buffalo Niagara Success Story

Published on August 22, 2017

Last week, our friends at Invest Buffalo Niagara came to our headquarters in the Butler Mansion to see how we've progressed as a company. 

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Sentient Develops White Etch Crack Modeling Capabilities

Published on August 22, 2017

Wind turbine drivetrain system failures plague the industry with unplanned downtime and expensive repairs. According to the National Renewable Energy Lab, 64% of drivetrain failures are caused by bearing damage and wear. 

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Featured Article: Premature Bearing Failures; The Achilles Heel of Gearboxes

Published on July 11, 2017

Wind turbine gearboxes are designed to last 20 years. However, wind operators often experience gearbox failure rates of up to 50% across the lifetime of their fleets. If component fatigue, fretting or wear is caught early enough, an operator can mitigate consequential damage and prevent catastrophic gearbox failure. If the window of prevention is missed, however, the operator can incur costly repairs between $200,000-$500,000 for just the gearbox system. This includes a minimum of two weeks of lost revenue from asset downtime, the cost of the gearbox replacement, and additional crane and labor costs.

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Sentient Scientist Wins Al Sonntag Award

Published on June 05, 2017

The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers has recognized Sentient Science's Harpal Singh, Ph.D., for his research paper on solid lubricants.

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Data Collection & Analysis - Key Ways to Reduce Failures

Published on June 05, 2017

By Josh Fausset, Director of Customer Success at Sentient Science

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U.S. Windpower: Looking into the future of Wind Energy at AWEA Windpower 2017

Published on June 01, 2017

Authored by Matt Smith, Sentient Science Marketing 

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'How to Make Sense of Your Data' Common Theme at AWEA Windpower '17

Published on May 30, 2017

Digitalization. Big data. Data analytics. Efficiency.

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How Wind Loads Impact Turbine Life

Published on April 21, 2017

Wind turbines operate by converting the kinetic energy in wind to mechanical power. The power produced is connected to a power grid which is used to power appliances, homes, industrial buildings, offices, electrical equipment, vehicles, etc.

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