In November 2019, wind turbine tower production started at CS Wind Taiwan in Taichung. Months had passed with the adaptation of existing buildings as well as the installation and commissioning of 3 production lines from Blaaholm under a very tight schedule.
New production setup and customized equipment ensure the desired capacity
In the initial stages of the project, CS Wind Taiwan performed capacity calculations. The calculations showed that they had to look for new production methods and a new production setup in order to achieve the desired capacity in limited production area. CS Wind chose Blaaholm as the supplier because the Multi Seam Welding Station can ensure the capacity and customized solutions solved the challenges with limited space and limited crane capacity.
"I was confident that Blaaholm could solve the task. Multi Seam Welding Stations are well-known systems at other tower manufacturers, and the solution ensures that we achieve the desired capacity in a limited space. I also realized that Blaaholm had an understanding and in-depth knowledge of tower production. They know that it's not as simple as it looks" explains Mr. Park, Head of CS Wind Taiwan.
CS Wind wanted a reliable and easy-to-operate solution as their more than 100 employees were inexperienced with regards to SAW welding. It is therefore crucial that operators are trained and trust the equipment so they can concentrate on the quality of the product.
"We had asked for a customized solution due to limited crane capacity and limited space. Blaaholm has provided a customized solution for the fit-up systems, for Growing Line and a customized lifting unit. For internal transport, a transfer unit was developed to lift the cans between the bays. A fit-up system is positioned on top of the transfer unit to reduce the space. All the solutions ensure the desired capacity" tells Mr. Park.
"The collaboration in the project with Mr. Park and Mr. Lee as well as the entire CS Wind team have been great. Weekly skype meetings and status reports have ensured that all interfaces, specifications and requirements have been met. The benefits of our outstanding collaboration mean that we have solved the challenges by implementing customized solutions to ensure CS Wind maximum output" tells Thomas Thyssen, Business Development Manager at Blaaholm Hard Automation.
The rotators and fit-up systems can handle heavy structures, although crane capacity is limited. "We would like to continue our cooperation with Blaaholm for development of customized equipment for the production of towers with a larger diameter and heavier weight," says Mr. Park.
The installation process has been easier than expected
The installation at CS Wind has been efficient. Mr. Park says "The installation process has been easier than expected especially seen in the light of new factory, inexperienced employees and a holiday season."
CS Wind Taiwan did not have the opportunity to visit Blaaholm for the FAT test or receive training prior to the installation due to a very tight schedule. The commissioning itself was also under a tight schedule, and also limited time for training. During the installation, Blaaholm's Engineering team made sure to involve CS Wind's Maintenance team. For the purpose of training the team in service and maintenance of the equipment to ensure optimized performance.
"The Blaaholm team has provided kindly support and efficient online support, so it has worked out really well" tells Mr. Park.
Cooperation with a European supplier
This is the first time CS Wind has partnered with a European supplier of rotators and column & booms.
"We have had an excellent collaboration. Blaaholm delivered on time even within a tight schedule and delivered an efficient Engineering team for installation, training and commissioning" concludes Mr. Park.
CS Wind is a global manufacturer of wind turbine towers. Since 2003 they have produced approx. 9,619 towers for onshore and offshore wind turbine farms.
CS Wind manufactures at 6 global sites in Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, UK and Turkey.