Brüel & Kjær Vibro’s VibroSuite 3.2 improves wind turbine monitoring capability

Brüel & Kjær Vibro, one of the leading worldwide independent suppliers of condition monitoring solutions for rotating machinery, has released Version 3.2 of the stand-alone, completely client-owned VibroSuite program for advanced wind turbine condition monitoring. 

VibroSuite is currently monitoring more than 25,000 wind turbines worldwide, providing an effective diagnostic platform to all types of turbines and to users of all levels of expertise. The result has been reduced maintenance costs and increased uptime for wind parks. Version 3.2 enables other systems to interface with VibroSuite, extends the already powerful alarming capability, monitors more types of wind turbines, including both direct drive turbines and those with only two planetary stage gearboxes, and improves overall monitoring flexibility and security. 

VibroSuite Version 3.2 has the capability to be more closely integrated with other systems for more comprehensive monitoring and correlation purposes. This gives better insight and a more complete at-a-glance overview for managing wind turbine healthcare. The rate of change of wear debris count is calculated, monitored and trended to distinguish between normal wear and a prematurely failing component. This gives reliable, early detection of gearbox and bearing faults. 

The VibroSuite LimitManager has been extended further to offer more flexibility in setting alarm limits. It is now possible to manually and interactively set alarm limits for a large number of machines in one operation. The QuickLearn function has also been updated, to support setting up alarm limits by drag and drop operation.

Dr. Christian Klostermeier (Head of Business Unit Wind) said, “A number of enhancements have been made to the system configuration that greatly extends monitoring capability. Parameter setup can now be easily made on the fly for turbines that may require special attention. If the network is down, a flight recorder in DDAU3 allows monitoring data to be stored locally until communications are re-established. Off-line periods of several months can be covered by the large internal storage of DDAU3. Overall, the device interface capability, enhanced alarming functionality and overall configuration flexibility and security will provide even more value to our customers’ turbine healthcare management solution.”

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