Today over 5,000 wind turbines world-wide are being continuously monitored by Brüel & Kjær Vibro condition monitoring systems and this number is increasing rapidly. To meet this growing demand, a new Surveillance and Diagnostic Centre was recently opened in Houston, Texas (USA). Complementing the centre opened in Shanghai, China in 2012 and the wind competence centre in Nӕrum Denmark, all surveillance and diagnostic centers provide services tailored to the local market including monitoring and diagnostics, support, training and commissioning for all types of turbines for wind park owners and operators as well as wind turbine OEMs.
The full-service agreements which Brüel & Kjӕr Vibro are renowned for, where all fault detection, diagnosis and reporting is performed by full-time ISO 18436 certified vibration analysts, will now be available locally in the rapidly growing US market. While the three centres tailor the services to the local market needs, they are interconnected, to ensure that best practices are shared across the regions and to enable the provision of around-the-clock response to all emergency service queries from all parts of the world.
The more than 1,200 systems already installed on wind turbines in the US will now be serviced by the Houston Service Centre. Strategically located in the south central part of USA, the location also gives access to the Mexican and Central/South American markets. Michael McClure, himself a vibration specialist, will head a team of diagnostic engineers and technicians.