The last bolts are axcited on the 10 sets of 90T Blaaholm rotators, that are to be delivered to Vestas Towers in Pueblo, Colorado in January. The 90T rotators, which has filled the new production hall in Blaaholm, are to be used in the production for surface treatment of towers for wind turbines at the largest tower factory in the world - Vestas Towers in Pueblo.
The 10 sets of Blaaholm rotators (Low Built) will replace existing worn out equipment in current production. The Blaaholm 90T rotators are designed according to Vestas requirements specifications and custom made, so that a number of cost-efficiency enhancements are introduced in Vestas production.
Rotators in optimized design and construction
The rotators construction is cost optimized. The rotators are designed according to Vestas restrictions on the rotators dimensions. Vestas also wanted the new rotators to be connected to existing controls because they want to maintain them. Components such as motors and connectors are precisely selected according to the existing controls, and the components are approved in accordance with applicable US regulations and standards in electrical safety and explosion hazardous environments. Several parameters have been incorporated into the design of the rotators to ensure easy access to exposed parts and optimal conditions during service and maintenance.
Easy access for service and maintenance
In the project, several on-site meetings have been held with Vestas' project team consisting of operators and service technicians, technical department and production manager and Blaaholm Technical Sales Manager Jesper Hansen and Project Manager Thomas Thyssen. The service technicians had challenges on existing equipment to access exposed parts for service and repair because the equipment in question was stained in paint. At the same time, they needed easier access to lubricating the bearings etc. In addition, the service technicians wanted the motor and gear to be better protected in the new rotators.
These challenges have been solved in the design and construction of the Blaaholm rotators in the close collaboration of the Blaaholm project team, consisting of experienced engineers and technicians.
The rotators have generally also become more shielded and better protected from excess paint and the tough environment.
In the same solution, Blaaholm supplies an add-on to existing controls. The add-on to the existing controls ensures consistent paint speed and the same quality, regardless of the different types of rotators used in the production, and at the same time independent of the operator working in the production.
Project Manager Thomas Thyssen has been responsible project manager and followed the project closely in the design, production and assembly phase. Vestas has continuously received the progress of the project, so there has been close dialogue with the customer throughout the process.
The project plan has been followed with several production optimizations along the way. The goal is met. Vestas receives 10 sets of 90T roller coats in high craft quality on time and at the agreed price. Vestas will achieve significant production improvements in their production with the chosen Blaaholm solution.