Inspect: Services offering
Prontoport can work with you to develop inspection programmes that are tailored to your needs. We will do so with total transparency at every stage to assure you that we are looking after your best interests at all times. Routine inspection services include:
End of warranty inspections
Understanding the health of your turbine is an important part of preparing for your equipment’s end of warranty. Detailed inspections not only assist with turbine supplier negotiations on repairs, replacement and extended warranty, but also provide a health baseline with which to develop plans for post warranty operations.
Prontoport can prepare you for this phase of asset life with a comprehensive end of warranty inspection for the entire turbine or specific components.
Gearbox failures are well documented in the wind industry and its widely acknowledged that they can be costly and time-consuming to repair. When failures occur, nearly all can be attributed to failures of either the gears or the bearings – with a concentration in the high-speed stages and the bearings. However, the root cause of the failure – in particularly bearing failures - can be varied. Hence it is key for asset owners to have a robust preventative maintenance approach to their gearbox fleet and that starts with periodic inspections to establish the baseline condition of the gearbox and identify any issues that may be developing.
A typical Prontoport gearbox inspection would include:
- General visual inspection of drivetrain components and environment
- Vibration measurements of drivetrain key components; main bearings, gearbox and generator
- Endoscope inspection of gearbox internal components, gears and bearings
- Oil level, sample and analysis by laboratory
- General operating parameters; oil pressure, temperature, bearing temperatures and other data from the turbine operating system
- Analysis of all the above by Prontoport, detailed report on findings to the customer and recommendation of corrective actions to the customer
Blade reliability has become a central focus in the wind O&M sector. Leading edge erosion of blades has been identified as a main factor in lowering blade aerodynamics that leads to turbine underperformance. If left unchecked, leading edge erosion can result in catastrophic blade failure. This situation is made more challenging by the latest generation of wind turbine blades that are running at higher tip-speeds and with longer blades.
Hence many asset owners are now seeing the value of proactive blade maintenance programs to mitigate damage from the common sources of damage including; leading edge erosion, blade cracks and lightning strikes. This starts with periodic inspections to assess the baseline condition of the blades, identify any issues that may be developing and recommend any corrective actions to the customer.
At Prontoport we use ground-based visual inspections as well as using our rope-access trained staff to perform more detailed inspections and minor repairs.
Lifting equipment, winches & hoists & anchor beam inspection
All lifting equipment around the wind turbine needs to have regular risk assessments carried out to ensure compliance with The Lifting and Lift Equipment Regulations (LOLER) and Working at Height Regulations. As such, statutory examinations and safety inspections must be carried out in a timely manner. These should all be clearly documented with regular reporting of the inspection findings. Failure to correctly maintain lifting equipment within wind turbines can result in prosecution.
Prontoport offers inspections on all lifting equipment within turbines which ensures that assets are compliant with current legislation and that the equipment is safe and fit for purpose for everyday use.
Fall arrest system inspection & certification
By their very nature, fall protection systems are often exposed to the harshest climatic and conditions and ensuring you have your system regularly inspected and certified is essential. There are two key pieces of information which stipulate the importance of carrying out regular periodic examination – these are the Work at Height Regulations and European Standard EN 365 (Personal protective equipment against falls from a height, general requirements for instructions for use, maintenance, periodic examination, repair, marking and packaging).
Both sources of guidance reference that the safety of a system’s users depending upon the continued efficiency and durability of the safety equipment, leading on to recommend inspection at suitable intervals, or every 12 months.
To ensure that your fall protection equipment is fully operational always, we offer thorough Inspection & Certification service solutions.
Inspection and testing of PPE equipment
Working at height is an incredibly hazardous task to undertake and under the 2009 HSE Standards for PPE, 1992 PPE equipment at work Regulations, LOLER and PUWER regulations, there is a legal requirement for PPE to be inspected before each use, and by a competent person annually or as stipulated by manufacturer’s instructions – this is where Prontoport come in.
Prontoport can carry out PPE testing and inspection services on your personal safety assets and will organise the following for you to minimise any disruption to your working week:
- Arrange collection and delivery
- Fully integrated tracking system with next day service
- Digital photographic reports
- Tagging system
- Full supplier back up for failed items – we can organise replacement items for you to save you time and more critically, money