Our intent with Fleet Monitor™ was to provide one cloud-based software platform to integrate different turbine models and the diverse CMS hardware systems owned by our customers. This has proved very successful with turbine models from major OEMs such as GE, Siemens, Vestas and Gamesa and legacy machines such as Clipper all streaming back data via our cloud networking solutions.
Several of our Fleet Monitor customers with more than 4 different CMS systems had huge difficulty collecting useful information from the multiple software platforms which were previously required to analyse data across their fleets. Now these clients are using Fleet Monitor they have one dashboard, one system, and can log in from anywhere to drive from data to decisions.
That vision achieved we’ve launched Fleet Monitor 2.1 with a focus to take our vibration monitoring tools to the next level for versatility and efficiency. This aids our goal of enabling our customers to staff one monitoring engineering for every 600-800 turbines of various models whilst retaining the quality of attention to the machines.
Combining vibration, lubrication and maintenance data to detect and diagnose a main bearing failure
How to detect and diagnose high bearing failures and then examine the whole farm for the same issue
New features that are streamlining monitoring functionality
Feature 1: Combining vibration and SCADA health indexes and lubrication data for multi-parameter trending. This allows the monitoring engineer that has been watching a confirmed vibration fault for months flag a sudden rise in temperature, for example. A clear indicator to re-inspect and check if damage is reaching a critical level. The inspection times and findings are overlaid on the same trends and a quick click pops up the inspection report.
Feature 2: The Alarm Management tool allows automatic threshold setting on all health indexes. Then drive improvements with individual alarm refinement on any specific component and turbine. Create alarms with multiple rules and logic operators. Preview trends before applying alarm rules over current and historical data. Hide alarms until ready for publishing from the dashboard. This all helps to drive down false positive notifications to the site.
Feature 3: The Wind Turbine Modeller is an intuitive user interface allowing rapid configuration of the drivetrain model. With drag and drop to build a range of gearbox, generator and bearing types.
Feature 4: When a monitoring engineer flags an alarm for inspection the site manager or lead technician receives an email notification. They can add comments on the same alarm. Each alarm then builds a chat log mapping the progression. Most bearing faults take months (or even years) to progress and the chat log is efficient for improving the feedback loop between monitoring engineer and site.
Look out for more videos on these features soon!