Curtiss-Wright Partners With Dolphitech to Provide Predictive Turbine Maintenance and Blade Inspection Services to the Wind Industry
BREA, CA – March 26, 2021 – Curtiss-Wright’s Nuclear Division (Curtiss-Wright) announced today it has partnered with dolphitech to provide predictive turbine maintenance and blade inspection services to the domestic and international wind market. This collaboration pairs Curtiss-Wright’s advanced StressWave and PdP Pattern Recognition software platforms with dolphitech’s next generation dolphicam2 ultrasonic inspection technology to provide users with a comprehensive view of their wind turbine blade health.
"This partnership provides the wind industry with a cutting-edge inspection solution unlike any other," said Kurt Mitchell, Vice President and General Manager within the Curtiss-Wright Naval & Power segment. “Our collaboration with dolphitech will allow us to offer a robust portfolio of technologies that improve turbine reliability and reduce downtime.”
Based in Gjøvik, Norway, dolphitech developed the innovative dolphicam2 to perform multi-material Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) using real-time, high quality ultrasonic images. The dolphicam2 unit is small, lightweight, and easy to use, making it well-suited for a wide range of applications and environments, including integration with robotics and crawlers for remote deployment.
Combining Curtiss-Wright’s StressWave and PdP software platforms with dolphitech’s dolphicam2 technology creates a wholistic, end-to-end solution for damage detection, prevention, and prediction. StressWave "listens" for anomalies in their earliest stages. When a potential issue is detected, the dolphicam2 is dispatched to investigate the problem. PdP collects inspection data over time and uses the information to identify patterns that predict future damage. The more data that is collected, the more refined this process becomes, reducing maintenance and inspection costs over time and improving the longevity of assets.
"As the wind industry continues to expand to deliver clean energy, this combined inspection solution will ensure the industry operates efficiently, extending the life of the turbines," said Jason Smith, Chief Commercial Officer of dolphitech.
For more information on Curtiss-Wright Nuclear Division’s predictive maintenance and inspection services, visit www.cw-connect.com.
dolphitech’s flagship ultrasonic technology platform, dolphicam2, is the result of more than 10 years of dedicated research into ultrasonics and represents the leading standard for volumetric NDT. The dolphicam2 is capable of high-resolution ultrasonic imaging and precise measurements for a wide range of material types including composites, metals and multi materials. With a straightforward, quick to deploy, user-friendly system, technicians of all experience levels can generate analysis-ready images of materials in real time for quick decision making. For more information, visit www.dolphitech.com.
About Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Curtiss-Wright Corporation is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets. Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships. The company employs approximately 8,200 people worldwide. For more information, visit www.curtisswright.com.