Windurance Blog

  • China Tariffs: How Will They Affect Electronics Manufacturers?
    by Tyler Vasbinder on June 20, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Two days after Independence Day 2018, President Donald Trump’s aggressive new tariffs went into effect, imposing an extra 25% tax on imported Chinese goods. This affected over $50 billion worth of “industrially significant technologies” used by U.S. electronics manufacturers and their buyers.&nbs […]

  • The Difference Between a Windmill and Advanced Wind Turbine Technology
    by Windurance on May 13, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    It’s time to stop calling advanced wind turbines “windmills.&rdquo […]

  • Who's to Blame for the Electronic Components Supply Shortage?
    by Tyler Vasbinder on April 22, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Dating back to 2017, the electronic components supply shortage has become an increasingly challenging issue for companies that rely on the industry. A surge in use of components combined with a shortage of parts has snowballed into what’s become a highly constrained market. […]

  • How Does a Wind Farm Work?
    by Windurance on March 13, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Starting a wind farm is a massive project, one that requires careful research, planning, and negotiation. &nbs […]

  • Wind Turbine Glossary of Terms -- Pitch System & More
    by Windurance on February 28, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Understanding the guts and inner workings of a wind turbine requires being up to speed on electronics, physics, and mechanics. Depending on how involved a wind farm owner is on day-to-day operations, it may be hard to keep up with the lingo when seeking repairs, components, or pitch systems from wind turbine parts manufacturers. […]

  • Wind Energy Prices Drop as Turbine Technology Improves
    by Windurance on February 22, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Converting wind into an energy source has proven to be a viable and profitable solution for sustainability. It’s also an inexpensive energy source -- and prices keep going lower, thanks to emerging wind turbine technology. After topping out at 7 cents per kilowatt hour in 2009, the average levelized long-term price from wind power sales has dropped to about 2 cents per kilowatt hour. […]

  • Wind Turbine Pitch Control Systems as a Fault Diagnosis Tool
    by Windurance on February 20, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    An underappreciated part of your wind turbine system, the pitch actuator is mainly responsible for adjusting the wind turbine pitch angle. But when the pitch actuator faults (often through no fault of its own), the dynamic response of the pitch angle either slows down or fails altogether. […]

  • The Latest in Fault Diagnosis Tactics for Wind Turbine Control Systems
    by Windurance on February 1, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    The wind energy industry is become more and more reliant on modern technology. As the technology and stakes continue to rise in wind turbine control systems, there’s a need for new strategies in diagnosing faults. Let’s examine the emerging ways the pitch control system plays a role in keeping up with modern technology and diagnosing problems before they cause havoc. […]

  • 6 Advantages of Our New Digital Wind Turbine Pitch Controller
    by Windurance on December 27, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    In just about any kind of electronics, the goal is to always get smaller with each new version of a product. Windurance’s latest wind turbine pitch controller aimed to achieve just that in terms of physical size and power output. […]

  • The Truth About Pitch System Downtime
    by Windurance on December 6, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    When a wind turbine goes offline due to unplanned maintenance, the owner-operator can lose several thousand dollars each day. The most frequently cited culprit? At least one study has shown 23% of downtime is attributed to the pitch system. This is followed by the gearbox, frequency converter, and other culprits. […]

  • Digital Prefilters Can Reduce Maintenance of Wind Turbines
    by Windurance on November 27, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Want to drastically cut the time you spend on maintenance of your wind turbines? Look inside at the technology you’re using. […]

  • How Wind Turbine Systems Stay up to Speed With Historical Monitoring
    by Windurance on November 16, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    There was a time not long ago when wind turbine system condition monitoring consisted of someone driving around the towers, truck windows down, listening for sounds of trouble. Other operators might have someone open the doors to check a gauge or even had somebody go up-tower to grab a sample of gearbox oil. Historical monitoring wasn't a consideration -- and it wouldn't be for a while. […]

  • How to Mitigate or Even Avoid a Wind Turbine Shutdown
    by Windurance on November 9, 2018 at 5:14 pm


  • Building Economic Value With Your Wind Turbine Pitch System
    by Windurance on October 23, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    A wind farm is like a dairy farm. Each cow has to receive individual attention and care to keep the operation at peak efficiency and productivity. Farmers monitor their cows for every little problem that might muck up the entire operation -- just like your wind turbine pitch system should be doing. Failure to catch issues early and fix them can be economically devastating. […]

  • Can US Electronics Contract Manufacturers Handle the China Tariffs?
    by Matric on October 2, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    It’s too early to tell with certainty how U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods implemented in 2018 will truly affect U.S. electronics contract manufacturers. The signals from major players like Cisco Systems, Apple, and IBM so far are not happy ones. […]

  • The Importance of High & Low Voltage Ride Through in Wind Turbines
    by Windurance on September 14, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    High and low voltage ride through refers to situations where a wind turbine is able to overcome an event that would have otherwise shut it down because of a high or low (or nonexistent) power supply. A system that can preserve its ability to generate wind energy is one that continues to make its owners money. […]

  • Are Carbon Nanomaterials the Solution to Conflict Minerals?
    by Tyler Vasbinder on September 11, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Conflict minerals are both a vital component (no pun intended) of the electronics industry and at the same time one of its biggest headaches. Since 2010, U.S.-based electronics companies have been required to determine whether certain components in their products came from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the world’s largest sources of conflict minerals. […]

  • The Difference Between Warnings & Fault Tolerant Control in Turbines
    by Windurance on August 27, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    In the past few years, there has been an increase in wind energy demand all over the world. And with so many engineering systems operating long-term subsystems or sensors these days, some sort of failure is inevitable. Fault tolerant control guarantees the system is stable under specific performance indicators. […]

  • How Does a Pitch Actuator System Keep Your Wind Turbine Safe?
    by Windurance on August 21, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Many people in the wind energy industry use the term “pitch control system” in place of “pitch actuator system,” and vice versa. They’re not quite interchangeable, though. […]

  • The Vital Roles of a Pitch Control System
    by Windurance on August 17, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    For any pitch-regulated turbine, you need a pitch control system within the overall control setup. A pitch control system is a critical part of any successful wind turbine design -- its absence would doom your project. Yet its definition is commonly misunderstood and misinterpreted. […]

  • RoHS 2 Compliance & Directives Checklist
    by Matric on August 3, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    In 2006, the European Union rolled out a directive restricting the use of certain hazardous chemicals. This directive, Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), would have a far-reaching impact on the electronics industry. Its restrictions on using lead would send manufacturers scrambling to revise their practices or adopt entirely new ones. Thanks to a follow-up directive in 2011, manufacturers now hustle to meet RoHS 2 compliance. Yes, it’s not a punitive law full of fines and penalties. But if you’re a U.S. company, noncompliance is basically an impassable barrier to entry to the EU trade market. So if you want to do business abroad, don’t mess around -- comply. […]

  • Why Electronic Component Lead Times Are Rising -- & 3 Ways to Prepare
    by Matric on June 26, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    If your manufacturing projects involve electronics, you’re likely facing the challenge of extended electronic component lead times. Certain parts that used to take 12 weeks to come in are now taking upward of 30 weeks. Some parts even take a full year to arrive. It’s nice news for distributors, who can take advantage of this “shortage” and charge higher prices, but it’s not a good deal for OEMs -- especially considering the importance of fast time to market in today’s need-it-now world. Here’s a closer look at why there’s a shortage of certain components today and what your company can do about it: […]

  • Embedded Systems & IOT in Electronics Manufacturing – An Explainer
    by Matric on June 18, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Perhaps without realizing it, you use embedded systems and IoT every single day of your life. “I use what?” you might’ve just asked. […]

  • 6 Ways to Detect & Avoid Counterfeit Electronic Components
    by Matric on May 31, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    One of the biggest concerns of electronic manufacturing is the reliability of the components being used. Counterfeit electronic components have long been a thorn in the side of manufacturers, and the counterfeit industry continues to thrive by adapting new methods to mask part authenticity. Counterfeits are usually produced in one of two ways: […]

  • Basics of Obsolescence Management for Electronics
    by Matric on May 29, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    The most painful part of developing with electronics is knowing your success is fleeting. Eventually, all parts must die, or at least fade away into irrelevance. But there’s something you can do about it. Obsolescence management can guide you through this difficult process. […]

  • The Ultimate Guide to Combating Electronic Component Shortages
    by Matric on May 10, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    The booming electronics market is obviously great news for all those involved in the industry, but some drawbacks are beginning to take shape in the form of electronic component shortages worldwide. […]