April 2013

VibroSuite – Stand-alone wind turbine monitoring

VibroSuite is the newest member of a long list of condition monitoring products designed by Brüel & Kjær Vibro for the wind turbine market. It includes a suite of software packages that interface directly to the wind turbine condition monitoring hardware (DDAU). The net result: A state-of-the-art stand-alone wind turbine monitoring solution – completely client-owned – that will significantly reduce maintenance costs and increase uptime at the customer’s park.

Brüel & Kjær Vibro is the largest independent supplier of condition monitoring systems and diagnostic services for wind turbines. Over the last decade, Brüel & Kjær Vibro has optimized wind park productivity and helped out customers avoid catastrophic failure of drive train components on thousands of wind turbines around the world. Brüel & Kjær Vibro maximizes lead-time to maintenance by detecting developing faults early, accurately and reliably. Over the years Brüel & Kjær Vibro has continuously improved and enhanced its diagnostic capabilities, together with operators and turbine manufacturers, and this experience cumulates in the launch of the VibroSuite Wind Turbine Condition Monitoring software packages. VibroSuite utilises the same software used by the renowned Brüel & Kjær Vibro Surveillance Centres.

VibroSuite is completely client-hosted (stand-alone system), thus enabling end-users and operators to host, process and analyse the data in-house. This powerful user-friendly solution lends itself to operators with all levels of experience, and is designed for monitoring all types of wind turbines under varying operating conditions and park sizes ranging from a few turbines to several thousand. Its scalability enables the system to grow with the customers experience and business needs. VibroSuite enables the customer to undertake cross comparison of turbines by type, park or drive train components. Individual alarm limits for each turbine can then be easily calculated from statistical data.

VibroSuite operates on a Microsoft™ Windows® platform, enabling one central server to monitor multiple parks, without the need for costly on-site servers.

VibroSuite has been designed with the recommendations of ISO 13379 in mind, which comprises the entire monitoring system implementation process. VibroSuite is not only used for fault detection and alarm management, diagnosis, prognosis and risk assessment, it is also actively used in establishing the appropriate monitoring strategy for  different wind turbine types, and guiding the service technicians through the entire system installation and commissioning process.

VibroSuite, like the rest of the wind turbine condition monitoring solution has been designed from the bottom up for analysing potential failure modes and their effect on descriptor values. The result is a solution that significantly reduces maintenance costs and increases uptime at the customers park by predicting potential drivetrain faults at an early stage. With the AlarmManager feature, the system efficiently avoids alarm flooding and saves costs thereby greatly reducing the work load of the diagnostic specialists.

For more information on our wind turbine monitoring solutions, please go to http://www.bkvibro.com/en/products/vibrosuite.html.