A yaw brake lifting and installation tool has been released by Svendborg Brakes which aims to improve safety and reduce the time taken to maintain the yaw brake systems on wind turbines. This latest innovation uses a simple carriage assembly to position, raise and lower brakes to ensure that maintenance engineers minimise any heavy lifting and complete their tasks more efficiently.
The LBS 120 yaw brake lifting and installation tool has been designed to work on brake assemblies with a maximum width of 502mm and with a brake disc thickness of 40mm.
The tool incorporates a winch mechanism that is used to raise and lower the brake to floor level, with a maximum lifting height of 2,000mm. Created to improve safety and productivity of the engineers, the tool is easy to transport and assemble on site.
Once the lifting tool has been installed, the original brake can be released, allowing it to rest on a sliding carriage which is used to position the brake below the winch mechanism that is used to lower it to the floor.
The process is reversed to install the new brake, after which the tool can be repositioned to work on the next brake.
The new service tool significantly reduces the time required to maintain yaw brakes which reduces the downtime of the turbine and minimises running costs.