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Rapid Response Wins The Day

22 January 2015
Rapid Response Wins The Day
Fast response times and product availability by ZF Services UK were key when power giant E.ON chose to carry out proactive maintenance at its Scroby Sands Offshore Windfarm.Regular remote monitoring and endoscopic investigation found it prudent to change gearboxes in 3 of the 30 offshore wind turbines at Great Yarmouth. The OEM ZF was able to supply all three of the 14.5 tonne EH804 gearboxes on demand as like-for-like replacements. Each has the capacity to play their part in generating up to 2MW of electricity. David Morgan, Business Manager for the Wind market for ZF Services UK, said:“Due to the different variants it can take up to 26 weeks to manufacture a gearbox. They are huge pieces of highly engineered equipment and don’t just roll off the production line; This is why we keep close to our customers, discussing their needs and maintenance plans, and help them plan ahead as much as possible.Nigel Roser of E.ON, Mechanical Engineer for the Scroby Sands Windfarm, said:' We also needed hydraulic pumps and shrink discs to connect the gearboxes onto the shafts, and a stand for one of the old gearboxes that was taken out - they supplied all these. Any request for information, such as technical data sheets, was quickly fulfilled. It was a first class service.” Nigel said having all three new gearboxes available at the same time as the jack-up barge was critical, as any downtime waiting for delivery could have been expensive.
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