The IT consultancy firm Lufthansa Industry Solutions is presenting the latest version of its inspection solution for wind turbine generators (WTG) in the Windpulse product suite. Plant managers, operators, service providers and surveyors can now record target condition deviations in an even more specialised way and document them in a compliant form in a defect database. In this way, tests, inspections, expert reports and other checks on wind turbines can be planned, carried out and completed in accordance with the latest guidelines.
Detailed component display, comprehensive defect tracking
At the centre of the latest release are two new features: a component tree now enables the classification of wind turbine elements and parts, such as rotor blades or the foundation, as main and subcomponents, which can be organised into any relationships and structures. For example, the solution allows mapping according to RDS-PP and can contain multiple nodes (WTG, OSS, etc.) in parallel. In addition, the defect tracking allows the assignment of possible damages to specific components via the applicable checklist or directly via the object component tree. The defects are assigned to the wind turbine in the back office and can be processed at any time. For users, this means the beginning of a digital lifecycle file and thus maximum security when it comes to quickly generating reports according to current compliance guidelines.
Mobile solution for wind turbine maintenance and operation
The inspection tool from the Windpulse product suite combines a proven procedure planning tool with an app running on iOS. Operations are planned in the browser and performed directly at the wind turbine on-site using the iOS mobile app. This enables the planning side and the execution side to work in tandem. The solution facilitates the planning of operations and enables the assignment of checklists to the specific wind turbine types. On-site inspectors can also carry out inspections more easily using the predefined necessary inspection points and complete them with a simple click. The biggest advantage: thanks to the app, users can carry out the inspection completely digitally. Pens, papers and cameras can therefore be consigned to the annals of history.
“The inspection solution of our Windpulse platform is much more than just another app,” says Frank Hagemann, Product Owner Windpulse Inspection Tool at Lufthansa Industry Solutions. “It significantly optimises and accelerates inspection and service processes, which not only makes it easier to inspect on site, but also to plan operations.” For instance, inspections can be carried out based on the necessary predefined inspection points and completed with a simple click. Checklists can be assigned to specific wind turbine types by operators.
Other features are already in the pipeline for the year ahead to continue expanding the scope of the Windpulse platform. “We are implementing all of our experience and expertise in a continuous improvement process to address customer requirements in a steadily expanding market”, emphasises Frank Hagemann. In particular, analytics services are to be at the forefront in the future. The focus will be on performance analyses as well as on the visualisation of assemblies, components and the associated damage mapping for defect tracking.