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Käufer Releases New Rotor Blade Access System

KäuferThe global leading supplier for rotor blade access systems, Gebr. Käufer GmbH Befahrtechnik are ambitious to introduce their new K-BP-4 BAS particularly aiming for the large and powerful wind turbine classes at the WindEnergy Hamburg for the first time.

With the new TÜV approved system, rotor blade specialists will be enabled to perform scheduled maintenance as well as advanced repairs on rotor blades from wind turbines, current assessed up to 12MW class and for instance 200m hub height. Käufer aspires to commercially release the K-BP-4 in Spring 2019, and aims & set objectives that the BAS can be used on most conventional wind turbines worldwide. “With our new BAS we adapt to the among other things continuous improving safety and technical requirements for working in the harsh environmental conditions surrounding wind turbine towers and rotor blades,” explains the Technical Director of the company, Dirk Käufer.

With the K-BP-4 BAS it will be possible to maintain rotor blades with protruded blade tips up to 18m away from the tower, which in particular is the case with today’s state of the art pre-bend rotor blades. The new BAS features side gangways which can be opened mechanically, enabling personnel to reach the full 360° longitudinal repair area surrounding rotor blades. The BAS will feature a three-way wire rope/winch suspension, which will ensure a significant improved stabilization of the platform in comparison with performance of its predecessors, and which will result in a clear measurable safety- and user experience. Upon customer requirements, Käufer can supply an optional enclosure providing operators and blade specialists a protective shelter enabling continuity of work during bad weather or other undesired environmental conditions and/or simply securing specific conditions for repair.

Käufer Befahrtechnik presents the new K-BP-4 rotor blade access system at the WindEnergy Hamburg from 25 until 28 September 2018 at booth H7.329.