Connected Bolting Tools with Atlas Copco
Industrial equipment and automation
Atlas Copco Bolting Solutions is a part of our Industrial Technique business area. We are a leading provider of bolt-tightening solutions for the wind energy sector and others. With this opportunity, we aim to make our bolt-tightening tools connected in the field to help improve quality and productivity in the wind industry.
The global wind energy market is a highly competitive business with strong outlook for growth. However, cost pressure and regulatory requirements are driving the industry to work smarter. As major OEMs publicly state in their annual reports, inadequate quality control is a key obstacle to unlock profitability and productivity.
Tightening of bolts is a critical part of the quality process in wind turbine construction and maintenance. Today, state of the art assembly plants have a fully digitalized assembly process. The conditions off-shore and even on-shore are vastly different and the work environment is rough. Out in the field, the quality control and documentation process is still handled very manually using pen and paper. Consequently, data transparency and integrity are key challenges for the industry.
This is now changing with smart tools making their way into the field. These tools control the process and produce a digital record of the job done. We are now searching for partners with industry experience to jointly develop a solution for remote bolt tightening data collection.
We envision a solution where tightening data is collected from the tools and uploaded seamlessly to a cloud database. The wi-fi and Bluetooth connectivity built into the tools can be used for data extraction and linked to the cloud via mobile devices when connectivity is available. A desired solution should also work with limited connection and be compatible with various different wind turbine models and bolting tools.
Your opportunity with Atlas Copco
Atlas Copco has 150 years of proven track record of transformational innovation and making substantial investments in R&D to remain relevant to our customers. With this opportunity, you will get to join us in accelerating the green energy transformation and benefitting from the vast business opportunity associated with it.
As a partner, you will work with our R&D teams and get access to our global customer center network. As bolt tightening is a critical processes in the construction and maintenance of wind turbines, we believe the value of the tightening data strongly supports the value proposition of a data platform. We are open to various collaboration models spanning from turnkey solutions to co-creation.
Examples of solutions we’re interested in
An ideal solution would be able to securely collect data from the tightening tools.
An ideal solution would be able to transfer the collected data in varying connectivity conditions.
Data visualization and management
An ideal solution would help stakeholders in the wind industry to make data-driven decisions in turbine assembly and maintenance.
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