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Windtech: Gearbox oil - Magnetic debris filtration

Keeping oil free of debris is important for ensuring the long life of turbine gearboxes, which have a history of chronic failure.

Canadian company One Eye Industries claims its cleanable magnetic filtration system - ADD-Vantage 9000 - will increase the availability of gearboxes and reduce maintenance costs as the system can filter out very small particles of under 1/100th of a millimetre in diameter.

If not removed, the particles, produced by wear on the gear teeth, can degrade the effectiveness of the lubricating oil, leading to increases in operating temperatures, accelerating wear on gear teeth and bearings with total gearbox failure a potential result.

One Eye Industries, based in Calgary, says advantages of the system include minimal flow restriction, ease of cleanliness and a ten-year life.

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