The ceremony, held at Romax’ HQ in Nottingham on Wednesday 3rd April 2013, will involve key members of the Romax project team who have been involved in the design and development of the gearboxes. Key members of GL including Dr Karl Steingroever will award Romax the 25th A-Design Certificate and celebrate their working relationship in supporting the global wind market in achieving a world leading engineering standard.
Dr Steingroever said,’Romax are recognised by GL as the first company in the world to achieve 25 Gearbox designs with A-Design Certificates. Romax’ team of industry leading experts have developed robust and accurate engineering processes, backed by technological experience, from planning through to certification, which means they consistently achieve this difficult challenge, quickly and expertly.’
Romax has an unbeatable track record of over 20 years engineering experience, along with advanced tools in developing gearbox and drivetrain designs and working closely with government, industry and the major certification bodies. Romax has a total of 29 gearbox designs in production of which 25 are GL certified for wind turbines ranging from 1.5 MW to 5 MW upwards.
Director of the Drivetrain Business Unit at Romax Technology, Dr Xiaobing Hu, said ‘Romax has worked with GL in establishing a close-working collaboration; we have benefitted from their guidance and have invested the time to understand and comply with the latest thinking in standards. Our experienced engineers together with our design expertise, software tools and consultancy services have enabled us to develop a compressed, rapid response, development cycle. That has reduced the total time of the normal process by more than 70% whilst ensuring designs are successfully realised to exceed international standards. This makes our certification process right first time, which is crucial for our customers as it means reduced design costs and a faster time to market.’
As part of its on-going investment in drivetrain development, Romax utilises state-of-the-art design and analysis techniques supported by its RomaxDESIGNER for wind, simulation software. RomaxDESIGNER is the only software certified by GL for gear calculation to design and analyse drivetrains to certification standards, based on field experience and FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis). This is supported by its life cycle engineering services including manufacturing assessment and support, technical training, operations and maintenance services and its advanced predictive maintenance tools.