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Digital life cycle in offshore wind

By Eize de Vries

Digitalization has become a key wind industry trend impacting all products and processes from design phase and manufacturing stages up to lifetime service upkeep and support. We spoke with ZF Wind Power experts in Antwerp about digitalization’s main principles and benefits for optimized product performance, availability, operating lifetime, lifetime extension, and ZF Wind Power’s intelligent ‘spare parts optimization service.’  

ZF Wind Power subdivides its digitalization efforts as an integral concept into products and production in factory environments, including new technologies and pro-active life-cycle based analytics, said Head of Digitalization Dr. Joris Peeters in his introduction: “Our digitalization journey commenced already in the previous decade, rather modestly by putting sensors in prototype gearboxes for testing purposes. This evolved into also accumulating operational data and in making insights from these available to turbine owners/operators.” During 2019, ZF introduced a concept focusing on advanced integral deployment of digital technology to increase turbine output, gearbox availability and lifetime.

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