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Industry brief on wind power turbines produced by bearing group

Glen Ellyn, IL -- The Educational Services Committee of the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) has released another title in its series of industry-specific educational publications, referred to as Industry Briefs, which are intended to...


Glen Ellyn, IL — The Educational Services Committee of the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) has released another title in its series of industry-specific educational publications, referred to as Industry Briefs, which are intended to enhance the association’s existing Bearing Briefs by identifying bearing selection specifics used by individual industries. The latest BSA Industry Brief on Wind Power details the use of bearings in the growing wind turbine industry and is available for downloading as a PDF from the BSA website, www.bsahome.org, under Tools You Can Use.

Specifically, the Industry Brief begins with an Equipment and Application Overview, then goes on to detail the essential parts of a wind turbine and identifies particular bearing requirements for each part. Among the topics covered are: How Wind Turbines Work, The Main Shaft, Gear Box, Generator, and Pitch & Yaw. Special attention is paid to Operations and Maintenance and Recommended O&M Practices, since they represent significant costs to operation and are expected to become increasingly important in the next few years as installed turbines age.

The Educational Services Committee hopes to address bearing selection specifics in various additional industries in subsequent Industry Briefs. It has already published Industry Briefs on Cement and Poultry Processing.

The BSA Industry Brief: Wind Power was approved at the association’s 2012 Winter Meeting.

BSA is an international service and educational organization of distributors representing a total of almost 100 companies distributing factory-warranted ball and roller anti-friction bearings and invited manufacturers of bearings and related products. For more information on BSA, contact call 630-858-3838; e-mail info@bsahome.org or visit www.bsahome.org.