Maximilian Scherer, Marketing Director at INNOTECH, and INNOTECH-CMO Wolfgang Stadlbauer emphasize at the INNO|talk on the topic of safety on wind turbines that they rely on regular exchange with their clients and constantly obtain feedback from service technicians in a bid to constantly advance and improve on the safety solutions.
This premise evolved into a close cooperation between INNOTECH and the operators of wind turbines as well as all relevant service providers in the industry and laid the groundwork for an ongoing dialogue. "We rely on safety, efficiency and innovation to facilitate and continuously improve the daily work of our customers," declare Stadlbauer and Scherer, explaining their approach.
What is more, Marc Wollschläger of BWTS also considers this close cooperation to be of great advantage to his service technicians and to the operators of wind turbines. Pinning their faith on dialogue as well, BWTS has furnished their service technicians with the special ability to detect safety deficiencies in all areas and sensitized the operators accordingly.
The resulting wishes are then incorporated 1:1 into the safety solutions of INNOTECH. This is the only way to ensure that the fall protection systems offer optimum safety and the greatest possible level of user friendliness to ensure so that they are actually used in practice.
Ultimately, however, this exchange is also to the benefit of the clients, as it helps them cut down cost. While it may not be apparent at first glance, the optimized safety system can help save time. The service technicians will be able to do their work with much greater efficiency if they are spared the need to frequently attach and re-attach and to catch a rest on platforms or the roof of the installation.
"An increase in speed of only 2 or 3 minutes per installation in a wind farm composed of dozens of wind power plants will add up to a much higher number of completed jobs at the end of the day, without neglecting safety. After all, time is money," emphasizes Michael Pett.
Flexibility and safety with TAURUS: The optimal solution for wind turbines
Dependable fall protection systems are essential - especially when it comes to work at high altitudes. The TAURUS rail system from INNOTECH is a solution that offers both flexibility and absolute safety, especially for wind turbines, which are particularly challenging due to a variety of danger areas.
Aside from being strong enough to withstand the enormous forces generated during a fall, the TAURUS rail itself can serve as an anchor point, making it possible, for instance, to lower down / rescue a person. As the rail allows for tight manoeuvring angles, seamless transitions from vertical to horizontal passages pose no problem at all.
This system allows the service technicians to attach themselves once while remaining perfectly secured for all activities in all danger areas of the wind turbine - eliminating the need for constant attaching and re-attaching. Exiting to the side is also possible, adding to the mobility of the workforce as well as their comfort.
The system also allows workers to move around the tower, including the rest platforms, which are sometimes used as a workplace. In addition, the TAURUS rail runner system offers unrestricted freedom of movement and can be matched perfectly with other solutions, such as lifeline systems.
Safety is paramount
Wind energy has matured into an important energy source in recent years. New installations are constantly being built, while older ones have to be maintained, serviced, inspected or repaired at regular intervals. Against this background, professional and certified fall protection is likewise gaining an increasingly important role in this area.
This is because the growing number of wind power plants is increasing the demand for service technicians capable of climbing up to dizzying heights to do their work. Employees must be able to trust 100% that they are protected at all times in order to be able to carry out their tasks safely and efficiently.
This is why it is imperative to choose fall protection systems that are best suited for the intended purpose. However, these systems do not stop at providing protection to employees: they also have their share in boosting the efficiency and productivity of wind turbines.
Moreover, service technicians can work much faster if they feel safe and have confidence in the safety systems that is being used. This leads to overall improved performance and allows companies to achieve their goals with greater efficiency.
INNO|talk - a valuable format
The budding discussion format of INNO|talk stresses the very same aspect. This is evident in the fact that it furnishes experts from all relevant areas of wind power with the opportunity to take the floor and describe their respective problems and challenges.
Following the motto of "listen and comprehend", the panel makes it possible to utilize the needs and requirements of the affected employees in a way that allows for the creation of a safe working environment on wind turbines.
Wolfgang Stadlbauer is furthermore convinced that INNOTECH’s journey to creating the best possible fall protection system is far from over. "There is still plenty of room for improvement." In this vein, all INNOTECH products will continue to progress in the future and reach ever higher levels of performance and safety.
"We are looking forward to the innovations yet to come," proclaims Stadlbauer. The objectives: “Safety, acceptance of the systems by the users and economic efficiency through savings in time and optimization of cost.“ Because our goal is to help ensure that everyone comes home to their loved ones healthy when their work is done.