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The 3701/60 GE wind turbine condition monitoring solution provides continuous online monitoring of wind turbine machine trains using signal processing algorithms and machine operating states.

It is part of the Adapt.wind, the standard condition monitoring solution on GE’s wind turbine units that can be deployed on most manufacturers’ equipment.

The 3701 wind condition monitoring (CM) solution, as a part of condition-based maintenance (CBM), allows wind turbine owners to know, months in advance, that a defect exists before failure occurs.

GE said that turbine owners can expect to see cost savings through several venues including reducing unplanned crane services and optimising maintenance.

Turbine owners will experience a reduction in unnecessary turbine outage and production loss.

The 3701/60 GE wind turbine monitoring solution is a flexible system that can be used as an independent stand-alone protection system, a networked distributed collection of inter-operating systems, or as an integrated part of a machine OEM’s control and instrumentation package.

GE’s CBM includes features and advantages not provided in other systems.

The processors have all the functionality required for condition monitoring of wind turbine machine trains including signal conditioning, alarming, configuration, speed inputs and control system communication.

Channel measurement types include acceleration and speed.

Sophisticated signal processing algorithms extract dozens of measurements and health indices from each accelerometer point and can be custom tuned to specific bearing and gearbox characteristics.

The 3701/60 GE wind turbine monitor protection and condition monitoring solution is specifically developed for continuous permanent monitoring of wind turbine generator machine trains.

It is designed for monitoring applications that require extremely high reliability and availability, said GE.

Applications that will be addressed by the 3701/60 solution include but are not limited to: tower sway; main bearing; gearboxes – all internal bearings, gear meshes and particulate monitoring; and generator bearings.

Special configuration or modifications to a standard solution can be addressed through Bently Nevada’s Custom Products Engineering.

The 3701/60 solution includes digital communication capabilities for connection to GE machinery management software using GE protocols via Ethernet connections.

It also provides extensive communication capabilities of all monitored values and statuses for integration with process control and other automation systems using Ethernet TCP/IP communications capabilities.

Supported protocols include: Ethernet Global Data (EGD); GE protocol (for communication with 3701 system software and Mark VIe control system); and industry-standard Modbus protocol over TCP.

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