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Many thanks to all those that have helped get the industry to where it is today. Below is a handful of our favorite articles. Please join our community to comment and or share other information. Moving forward, we will use this section for our miniseries of common gearbox damage modes.
Areas of discussion may include:
- Intro to wind technology book topics
- Gearbox vs. direct-drive
- Gearbox design reliability issues (planetary, high speed failures)
- Gearbox contamination reliability issues (debris, water)
- Mainshaft bearing issues
- Planetary bearing issues.
- Preventative maintenance practices
- Predictive maintenance practices
- Oil change out techniques
- Gearbox alignment
- Diagnosing the severity of a gearbox problem (when to perform up tower vs. down tower)
No matter what type of turbine model, mainshaft bearings are common failure points. The main reason: spherical roller bearings are not the optimal bearing configuration. Large amount of radial internal clearance (RIC) are needed to facilitate original bearing assembly at the manufacturer. Although this simplifies the assembly at the turbine OEM, this clearance is not […] Read article
Gearbox Express School provides training from the experts so you can become one yourself. The following dates are now available for enrollment: January 22, 23 March 25, 26 July 15,16 October 7,8 December 9, 10 Learn more and reserve your spot today! Read article
Gearboxes are designed and certified for operation utilizing a prescribed set of loads and speed. But wind blows differently in Ontario than it does in Iowa. If OEM material quality or assembly workmanship is not as designed, site conditions (capacity factor, wind class, curtailment, etc) will dramatically shorten gearbox life. Improper lubricant maintenance will exacerbate […] Read article
We get asked this question often: How long should a gearbox last? There is no simple answer, as the reality is there are many site conditions beyond the owner’s control that have a major influence on this. In addition, although gearboxes are designed to run a theoretical 20 years given a certain set of site […] Read article
See the full article as published in Gear Solutions GS: Tell us a little about your background, and how you came to found Gearbox Express with your partners. BN: I’ve always been involved in gearing, first with the Falk Corporation, which was acquired by Rexnord, and then with Hansen Transmissions North America before joining Broadwind […] Read article
See the full article as published in Brüel & Kjær Waves Addressing a need that the market is only just learning of, a group of gearbox experts are set to bring a new approach to the industry: an exchange inventory of gearboxes rebuilt to exacting standards – by a company dedicated to just that. The […] Read article
Mukwonago, WI (March 5, 2012) – Bruce Neumiller, founding partner and CEO of Gearbox Express, will be a participating panelist during a tracked session at Wind Energy Update’s O&M Summit at the Marriott City Center in Dallas, April 25 – 27, 2012. Neumiller will provide his unique and experienced perspective on gearbox repair and longevity issues […] Read article
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Mukwonago, WI (October 28, 2011) — Three power transmission and wind energy veterans have banded together to create Gearbox Express, an independent business focusing on the repair and remanufacturing of wind turbine gearboxes. Founding partners Bruce Neumiller, CEO, Brian Hastings, CFO, and Brian Halverson, COO, have a combined 40 years of experience in the gearbox manufacturing […] Read article