WFT's robot-based MIT modular transport technology enables large, heavy loads to be moved in any direction and positioned precisely where they are needed. Optional features allow each order to be tailored to customers' needs, reducing downtime, improving quality and increasing efficiency.
WFT has spent the last 15 years developing creative, cost saving products for the wind energy industry. Its specific know-how supports turbine and blade manufacturers by supplying them with technology that is guaranteed to work.The German firm's mission is to make wind the most economical energy available, and its team fights every day to meet that challenging goal.
One of its outstanding innovations is the modular individual transportation (MIT) system for large and heavy loads. Most of Europe's leading OEMs are using it very successfully, which results in a significant output increase and considerable improvements to quality and efficiency.
One example includes the automatic, step-by-step transport of rotor blades to workplaces; blades can be fixed at the centre of gravity, or in coupled mode, secure at the root and tip. Another is the timed production of generators, gearboxes and nacelles, where every movement is completed without a minute spent waiting for a crane.
The latest highlight is a free-moving robot based on the MIT for the automatic processing of large parts, like the sanding of rotor blades. This represents a genuinely revolutionary approach to saving time and money, and provides enhanced process control as well as improvements in health and safety. These advantages make it arguably one of the most valuable recent innovations in blade manufacturing.
How does it work?
At the heart of WFT's transport systems is its patented electric drive technology. This recovers braking energy and, in combination with their battery packages, guarantees utterly silent and emission-free operation.
Other advantages include:
WFT has a long experience of designing turning devices for rotor blades or the automation of flow lines. Its turning stations are individually designed and variable to support different blade dimensions, geometry and weight. The trend towards longer, and more curved blades requires a flexible, forward-looking approach and WFT offers the following features: