Sentient Science recently met with the top Chinese bearing companies at the China International Bearing Industry Exhibition 2016 to introduce a material science-based technology that can help in the development of high-end bearing products, in addition to identifying market entry opportunities within wind turbine operator networks around the world.
Shanghai, China, September 20, 2016 – Sentient Science, a New York- based technology solution with the world's largest installed base of digitalized wind turbines globally, will present a new global solution to Chinese bearing companies at the China International Bearing Industry Association Show in Shanghai on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to noon CST at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center.
Sentient Science presented a webinar this week on extending gearbox life with surface treatment solutions.
Derating a wind turbine is a strategic move sometimes made by an operator to extend the life of an asset, moving potential failures from one fiscal year to the next.
Digitalization when combined with material science gives operators the forward visibility to build strategic plans that lower their levelized cost of energy by up to 13%.
The end of warranty period is a critical decision making time for wind turbine operators. Sentient provides data that gives operators insight needed to understand the best strategy to manage their assets after their Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) warranty agreements expire.
When your wind turbines are under full warranty, it’s easy to plan your operations and maintenance costs, because your risk is low. Any major unplanned maintenance events are covered in full, in addition to a percentage of the parts and labor. Warranty is usually covered for the first two to five years, and purchased as part of the original turbine cost.
Predicting the life of a mechanical component is not incredibly difficult, as long as you have the proper inputs. If, for example, you have a cylindrical roller bearing – you know the diameter of the rollers and the raceway interfaces, you know the roller count, and you know the profile of the contact interface – you can calculate the stress that will result in the rolling elements given an applied force.
Gear design is a challenging and technically-demanding activity, but it is critical to the performance of complex mechanical systems like helicopters. It is an arduous process that involves constant engineering tradeoffs between performance and weight. A recent conversation with a highly respected design engineer from a top aerospace OEM gave me a better appreciation for how difficult a job like this can be – and how Sentient’s DigitalClone technology can make a huge difference.
We’ve been writing about horror stories; a customer buying millions of dollars in spares and inventory from their OEM only to carry that inventory and cost on their books for years. They were told this inventory was critical. Wind turbines require spares, sometimes gearboxes and downtime means top line impact or worse - contractual default. They expected to save money by carrying spares.