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Getting the Most from Your Condition-Monitoring System

nrgThis article explores the cost drivers of wind farm operations and maintenance, and strategies for boosting return on investment. Condition monitoring (CM) is a commonly used technology to prevent or even predict failures, though not all systems are created equal. Condition-monitoring systems range in price, quality and ease of use. Experience shows that early detection is the key to reducing maintenance costs. It allows an operator to schedule maintenance events well in advance and avoid more costly fixes that come as a result of escalating wear and secondary damage. Through two examples, this article illustrates how condition monitoring can be a smart investment, provided this technology is used to make well-informed and timely decisions.

By Brogan Morton, Product Manager for Turbine Health Monitoring, NRG Systems, USA

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