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In Gear for a Sustainable Future- Hansen Transmissions utilises Brüel & Kjær’s data analysis for wind turbine testing

For more than 20 years Hansen Transmissions has worked with Brüel & Kjær - and since 2002 Hansen has used Brüel & Kjær’s PULSE Data Acquisition and Analysis System platform for a range of applications from field measurements to R&D, Quality Control, Production Testing and Validation.

Wind energy is one of the fastest growing power generation technologies. The level of annual installed capacity has grown at an average rate of 27.6% p.a. for the past five years. High fuel prices and increased focus on global warming and renewable energy resources have contributed to an increased investment in the development of wind technology over the last three decades.

The predicted outlook for wind energy is that it will, eventually, produce 98% of the world’s energy. So wind turbine reliability is key. And it can be argued that the wind turbine’s most critical and vital component is the gearbox. Quite simply, if the gearbox doesn’t work the wind turbine doesn’t turn and no energy is produced. Hansen Transmissions has always recognised the importance of high quality.

To ensure the highest quality possible, Hansen Transmissions produce everything themselves. The design of Hansen gears are unique and well-known and the in-house heat treatment, gear cutting and grinding and housing machining distinguish Hansen from its competitors.

Brüel & Kjær has supplied Hansen with some 30 PULSE Data Acquisition and Analysis Systems. PULSE is used at all facilities worldwide for core R&D development, production testing and visiting installations for on-site diagnostics and troubleshooting.

With 30 years of experience in the production of gearboxes for wind turbines and over 85 years experience in the production of industrial gearboxes, Hansen Transmissions International is synonymous with quality, reliability, leading gear technology and innovation for numerous applications.

About Bruel & Kjaer
Brüel & Kjær is a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of sound and vibration solutions for use in a wide range of applications including environmental noise measurements, building acoustics, vibration measurements and quality control for use in the automotive, aerospace and consumer industries, as well as by local authorities. Today Brüel & Kjær has 900 employees and sales offices in 55 countries. Brüel & Kjær is a subsidiary of UK-based Spectris plc. ( Spectris has annual sales of approximately £656m and employs around 6000 people worldwide in its 15 business units.
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Bruel & Kjaer UK Ltd.
Jarman Way, Royston, Herts. SG8 5BQ. UK
Tel: +44(0) 1763 255 780
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June 2010

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