29 November 2011
29 November 2011
Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG) is now supplying spare and replacement parts for older wind turbines.
According to MFG, operators of ageing fleets will have a new premium resource for aftermarket replacement blades, nose cones, nacelles, hatch covers and other FRP components that are no longer stocked by the OEM.
MFG explain that five of their 15 manufacturing sites in North America are partially or fully dedicated to composite parts for wind energy, including a 325,000 square foot plant in South Dakota that features state of the art robotic processing technology.
Traditionally, MFG has primarily been a supplier of FRP components to wind energy OEM’s. MFG say that as the population of turbine fleets gets larger and older, the need for replacement composite parts for equipment is on the rise. Frequently, operators in need of a composite part – due to a devastating weather event or normal wear - discover that the OEM no longer carries what they need, or may no longer be in business. MFG say they have leveraged their substantial manufacturing capabilities to offer newly manufactured spares made from tooling generated from the customer’s part. They explain that, once reconditioned, the equipment can be resold to individual ranchers, universities and communities.
“We are discovering that operators are thrilled to know there is a dependable, high quality resource for spares,” reports Gary Kanaby, Director of Sales for Wind Energy. “We recently delivered 15 nacelle covers and spinners as well as 50 replacement hatches to a wind farm that suffered a disastrous wind event. The insurance carrier covered the replacement cost – but the OEM no longer carried the parts. We were able to produce and deliver so they were operating at full productivity in a matter of weeks.”
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