PSI Repair Services Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries and independent service provider to the wind energy industry, says it recently shipped its 30,000th repaired wind turbine part to a prominent wind energy company.
According to PSI, the company has provided economical repairs, as well as engineering services, for the largest wind farms in the U.S. since 2009.
PSI’s repair services cover major wind turbine manufacturers, such as GE, Vestas, Suzlon, Gamesa, Siemens, RePower and Clipper. As reported, commonly repaired components include printed circuit boards, pitch drive systems, inverters, converters, thermistors, IGBTs, hydraulic pumps, pitch and yaw motors, encoders, slip rings, transducers, yaw modules, three-phase bridge rectifiers, blade bearing automatic grease dispensers, battery chargers, and much more.
PSI says its engineering services include custom tests, root cause analysis, product upgrades, remanufacturing and new product manufacturing services.
According to the company, the custom test program leverages advanced diagnostic equipment, allowing PSI to detect hard part failures, as well as parts degraded due to stress, right down to the microchip level. The root cause analysis service allows PSI to get a comprehensive view into a customer’s production environment to identify all of the elements that are connected to recurring problems so that the appropriate corrective actions eliminate the problem once and for all.
Further, the company says the product upgrade service allows PSI to improve upon legacy design, with newer, more reliable technology. PSI’s remanufacturing services are available for obsolete and unsalvageable parts, such as circuit boards and power supplies. Finally, the new product manufacturing service is available for customers who need a cost-effective option to produce a small run of unique legacy parts or components.
“PSI is proud to support the renewable energy industry,” says Mike Fitzpatrick, general manager of PSI Repair Services Inc. “We understand the importance of keeping wind turbines up and running, so we have created a wide variety of solutions to help [operations and maintenance] professionals achieve those objectives.”
Photo courtesy of PSI Repair Services – On the left, you see a broken GE 1.5 MW IGBT that came to PSI Repair Services. On the right, you see the fixed IGBT that underwent root cause analysis and product upgrade services.