Boasting the best pressure of any automatic luber on the market, both multi-point lube systems can service points from up to 10m away. Not only this but the Ultimate and Titan can provide up to 2 years of maintenance free lubrication. Service engineers have to climb the towers to re-lubricate every few months with traditional lubrication methods, so the obvious benefit of installing an auto luber is a huge reduction in maintenance visits. The maintenance schedule can potentially be extended by around 75%.
Furthermore, our Titan Luber™ uses external grease cartridges. Not only are they incredibly simple to replace in a matter of seconds, but the only equipment your team will need to carry up the tower is a few easy to handle 400g cartridges! We even offer the Titan II model, with double the lubrication capacity.
Some of the most essential systems of a wind turbine are the braking systems. Without them the turbine can quite literally tear itself apart. Proper lubrication of wind turbine brakes prevents failures and improves overall operation of the systems. This helps to lower overall operating costs and can help to control friction and noise associated with braking systems.
Any of our automatic lubricators for wind turbine brakes will help reduce operating, maintenance and repair costs. Whether applied to pneumatic, hydraulic, or the mechanical brakes, ATS lubrication systems are the most reliable lubrication system for turbine brakes.
ATS Electro-Lube's open gear lubricating system was designed specifically for wind turbines. We have developed the industry's most efficient system for pitch lubrication and yaw lubrication.
This pitch or yaw lubrication system implements our market leading automatic lubricators, in conjunction with our unique sponge pinion system. The lubricator fills the sponge with any client specified grease, and as the open gears turn they are lubricated by the sponge.
This innovative open gear lubrication system has numerous advantages over all other lubrication methods.
The pitch control in a turbine nacelle controls the angle of the blades. This not only controls the speed of the rotor blades and prevents them from spinning at dangerous speeds, it keeps the turbine operating at maximum efficiency.
Ideal wind speed for a turbine is around 15 m/s (around 30mph). By varying the angle of the blades the turbine can stay in the optimum rotational range no mater what the wind speed. In high winds the pitch control turns the blades into the wind (parallel to wind direction). In low winds the pitch control flattens the blades so that they feel the force of the wind more. This pitch mechanism is controlled by large open gears, traditionally lubricated with a smear on method. This uses a huge amount of lubricant, is messy, and is quite ineffective at lubricating the high wear points of the gear.
Improper lubrication to these open gears causes increased traction, increased wear, and makes the system perform way below optimal levels. Implementing the ATS wind turbine lubrication system means that even high wear points are fully lubricated, and the solution lasts up to 2 years, allowing maintenance bills to be slashed.
Traditionally lubrication of wind turbine components has involved an exhausting climb up the tower every few months. ATS Electro-Lube's wind industry lubrication solutions allow this maintenance schedule to be improved dramatically, up to 75% or more. We offer maintenance free lubrication systems lasting up to 1 or 2 years. At the end of this period simply screw in a new cartridge and leave for another 2 years.
Our sponge pinion system is so efficient that it remains fully filled with grease at all times. On every revolution every single wear point of the pitch or yaw gear will be getting properly lubricated. Even the high wear points remain fully lubricated, unlike smear on techniques or other pinions which often cannot lubricate high points due to their solid nature.
The efficiency of the sponge also means that it holds lubricant even after the lubricator is empty. This allows flexibility in the maintenance schedule. In fact this lubrication system is so efficient that the sponge keeps lubricating for up to 3 months after the grease reservoir is empty! It's like three free months of lubricant!
The sponge pinion system is much cleaner than other application methods. It will collect excess grease as the gears move, which means not only does it slash lubricant wastage costs but keeps the area much cleaner. This is a particular advantage over the smear on technique which uses a lot of lubricant, most of which is lost quite quickly.
ATS Electro-Lube manufacture our own open gear sponge pinions, and we can make sponges any size to suit our clients needs.
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Key to wind turbine maintenance is proper lubrication of the turbine's gear box bearings. Improper lubrication accounts for around 40% of all bearing failures, and in the wind industry gear box failure is one of the most common reasons for down time and huge repair costs.
Imagine the cost difference between employing proper preventative maintenance with a few ATS automatic lubricators versus having to crane in and replace a new bearing or entire gear box!
Wind Turbine Lubrication