Traditional wind sensors can be prone to mechanical breakdown and require periodic repair and/or replacement. This is due to moving mechanical parts such as traditional cups and vanes, which can accumulate rust, scale or other substances that impede movement. Additionally, colder climates and precipitation can freeze and build up on the sensing unit, causing breakdown or highly inaccurate readings. Not only are these moving mechanical pieces prone to repair and replacement, but they also often times require regular calibrations which cost time and money.
Newer technology wind sensors, such as the heated ultrasonic sensors, can eliminate these problems. Solid, one-piece units with no moving parts are highly accurate in determining wind velocity, direction, and ambient temperature. Unlike traditional wind sensors which use pulsing binary signals to transmit data back to a programmable logic controller (PLC) or data concentrator, an ultrasonic sensor provides analog signals, which may not be possible for the existing controller to detect and read.
The WindBridge™ is an innovative smart device configured to allow ultrasonic sensors to integrate seamlessly into an existing wind turbine control platform, no matter the age, type or communication characteristics of the Controller/PLC.
Key Features of the WindBridge™ Signal Converter:
• Outputs: 4 relay outputs and a maximum of 16 digital/analog outputs can be configured with expansion capabilities.
• Inputs: 8 digital/analog inputs for a wide range of applications.