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Review of Asian Technical Symposiums

On 16th and 18th of May, ONYX InSight and BP Castrol hosted its joint InSight Technical Seminar, first in Seoul, Korea and then in Tokyo, Japan. Nearly 80 guests from 28 organizations and businesses were in attendance across the two dates, including the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials, Toshiba Corporation, Korea Southern Power Corporation, Eurus Technical Service, Community Wind Power, and Hitachi.

ONYX InSight’s next industry event will be the 2018 European Technical Symposium, taking place on 20 June in Nottingham, UK. This exclusive one-day event for wind farm owners, operators and engineers will provide in-depth insight into wind farm performance, and enable attendees to more effectively and efficiently manage their assets.

The technical seminars were opened by Seiwoong Oh, Director of Asia Pacific at ONYX InSight, and Masao Kato, Country Manager for Japan, South Korea and the Philippines at BP, who welcomed the participants and discussed how the two businesses’ experience and technical expertise complement one another to deliver greater value for their customers and maintain and maximise asset health across the region.

The first presentation was delivered by Sharath Prabhakaran, Gearbox Design Specialist at ONYX InSight, who provided an overview of gearbox design and covered the key components, stress factors affecting gears and the testing and validation processes used to ensure their reliability and robustness. In particular, he highlighted how close attention to detail is required at every stage of development in order to ensure a gearbox continues to operate effectively and avoid breakdown throughout its design lifetime.

Building on this, the second session was led by Won Shin, ONYX InSight Software Product Manager, who focused on gearbox failures – outlining the five most common sources of gearbox failure and the types of analyses used to detect them. Each of the examples was supported with real-world case studies including photos from affected gearboxes.

Michael Hornemann, Reliability Engineer at ONYX, delivered a presentation on the topic of predictive maintenance technology for gearboxes, focusing on how it can help to reduce O&M costs. Michael discussed the key technologies for drivetrain predictive maintenance, and drew on a number of examples to highlight how companies working in a variety of industries are incorporating predictive maintenance technologies.

The last session, delivered by Masao Kato and Hiromitsu Ohira of Castrol Japan, centred on the importance of gearbox lubrication in reducing OEM costs. A series of videos demonstrated how lubricants interact with gearbox machinery.

The seminar was very well received by all participants in Korea and Japan, with positive feedback across the board, and demonstrated the extent of BP Castrol and ONYX InSight’s combined technical and market expertise. A number of attendees complimented the hosts on an informative and enjoyable event, and looked forward to attending future seminars.

The event was covered by a number of media outlets, and you can read more about the session in Japan here.

ONYX InSight’s 2018 European Technical Symposium, taking place on 20 June in Nottingham, UK will feature in-depth exploration of recent drivetrain component failures, a discussion on the intelligent gearbox, and sessions focused on lifetime forecasting and extension.

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