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SKF Enlight for wind puts turbine inspection in the cloud

App-based maintenance support system from SKF accelerates and simplifies wind energy inspection activities, while smart online analysis and expert diagnostic capabilities improve performance and reliability.

SKF has developed SKF Enlight mobile and cloud based data collection, analysis and support system to suit the needs of the global wind energy industry. The new solution is designed to improve inspection efficiency and reduce costs for frontline maintenance teams, and to provide operators with rich, real time data on turbine performance and reliability.

SKF Enlight combines the intuitive ease-of-use of an iOS or Android app, running on a standard mobile device, with the power to access customised workflows for specific tasks, and the ability to collect data from a wide range of sources and sensors. Behind the scenes, the DataCollect app connects wirelessly to the SKF cloud. All inspection data is uploaded and securely stored for review and analysis.

Wind energy companies can take their paper-based maintenance processes online with SKF Enlight, creating data collection forms that guide staff step-by-step through standard inspection activities, aided by images and online manuals. The fully customisable forms can be set up to suit operator standard operating procedures, including items such as mandatory safety checks to protect personnel.

In use, the system is able to connect directly to a wide variety of sensors, allowing photographs and video to be collected and uploaded together with data on temperature, humidity, vibration and a host of other operating parameters. SKF Enlight's smart forms also adapt based on the data collected, allowing different inspection protocols depending on turbine operating hours, for example, or immediately suggesting corrective actions when out-of-tolerance readings are found.

"The user-friendly SKF Enlight system allows our wind energy customers to engage more of their staff in inspection and maintenance activities," says Hannes Leopoldseder, SKF Global Sales Manager Wind Operations and Maintenance. "The system is easily scalable as companies expand their infrastructure, and safely storing inspection data in the cloud in a secure, standardised way has significant advantages for companies looking for a high level, real time view of equipment performance."

To aid the diagnosis and correction of more challenging issues, users can also connect SKF Enlight directly to online support services, such as those offered by SKF Remote Diagnostic Services, giving them immediate access to expert personnel supported by more than 100 years of SKF engineering knowledge

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