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Industrial gears provider Moventas has opened a condition management center in Chicago, and with it, a condition management services program.

According to Moventas, the service agreement allows wind farm owners and operators to install a condition monitoring system without upfront capital investment. Designed to maximize gearbox life through the early detection of mechanical problems, the program provides the remote monitoring of gearbox vibration, oil condition and particle counts.

The program is able to catch potential problems missed by vibration analysis alone - often months in advance, notes Moventas. Advance notice of impending problems significantly reduces damage that occurs from running the gearbox after the onset of mechanical problems and allows proactive maintenance planning. The program has a typical term of five years and works like an operating lease, requiring no upfront capital investment, the company notes.

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