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2017 Trends for The Wind Turbine Industry

As a company that supplies torque wrenches for the wind turbine industry, we think it’s important to stay on top of trends in the wind industry.

Here are six trends that caught the attention of the American Wind Energy Association.

1. More jobs for wind turbine technicians

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of wind turbine technician jobs will grow by 108 percent over the next decade. That’s more than double the projected growth for the second-fastest growing job, occupational therapy assistant.

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[CASE STUDY] E-RAD Torque Equipment and the Wind Turbine Industry

When building a wind turbine, one of the factors crews must contend with is...wind.

There’s a term for it in the industry: “getting winded out.” When it happens, crews need to work quickly to make up for lost time.Turbines are naturally built in places that get a lot of wind, but if conditions get too windy, it isn’t safe for workers to be up in a tower.

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[CASE STUDY] Power Generation and Turbine Maintenance

For this case study, we’re heading to Florida, where our client – a combined cycle power plant – needed hydraulic torque wrenches.

They also needed the wrenches right away, and Maxpro could deliver.

“We turned it around in hours,” said company president Tom Macey. “That’s the beauty of UPS and FedEx. We ship a lot of stuff overnight.”

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[CASE STUDY] Hydraulic Torque Tools Used In Refinery Plant Turnaround

The old saying goes: “Time is money, and money is time.” This is certainly true for refinery and petrochemical plant shut downs, both scheduled and unscheduled.

Hydraulic torque wrenches are widely used during these times that refiners are “off line” for maintenance and upgrades. These wrenches can weigh anywhere from 10 to 80 lbs., which left one of Maxpro’s clients – an industrial contractor working for a petrochemical company in Delaware -- with a dilemma: They needed to have the wrenches calibrated, but the cost & time of packing and shipping 30 hydraulic torque wrenches from Delaware to our lab in Horsham would be too high.

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[CASE STUDY] Pipelines and Torque Tools

Pipeline workers need to know they have tools that are dependable and accurate.
An error in their work could mean a disruption in the energy supply, or worse, some sort of environmental disaster.

The rise of the natural gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania has provided Maxpro with the opportunity to work on various pipeline projects. Maxpro President Tom Macey says these projects typically require pneumatic torque wrenches, because there are a lot of bolting & critical torque requirements involved.

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Safety Tips for the Wind Turbine Industry

While wind power is one of the safest ways to generate energy, workers in the wind industry still face hazards on the job.

Hazardous weather, heights, and regular on-the-job injuries are all issues that affect wind turbine construction safety.

Here are some wind turbine safety practices as suggested by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and Windpower Engineering and Development magazine.

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