Moog Opens New Center for Maintenance and Engineering Training (Germany)

Moog, a motion control solution provider and leading developer of pitch systems for wind turbines, today officially inaugurated its new Wind Training Center at an Opening Ceremony involving customers and partners in Unna, Germany.

The 1,300 m² (14,000 ft²) facility is designed to provide technical training programs to Moog’s global wind energy customer base. A dedicated team of expert trainers will lead customer training programs ranging from a basic introduction to more advanced and focused engineering courses on products and systems. Hands-on technical training in Moog Pitch Systems, Pitch Motors, Pitch Servo Drives, Backup-Systems and Programmable Logic Controllers focuses on maintenance, performance analysis, repair and retrofits. To satisfy attendees with different backgrounds, basic, total immersion and expert levels will be available.

The new Moog Wind Training Center will house interactive displays of complete pitch systems and a variety of products to facilitate hands-on practical instruction for participants.

In addition to regularly offered courses, Moog also offers specialized training courses tailored to specific customer needs, allowing trainees to effectively design their own training package. High quality and focused instruction is encouraged by limiting course sizes to small groups to provide more opportunity for participants to interact with the Moog trainers. Courses will be offered in both English and German as a standard, and are available in other languages on demand.

“Moog has more than 25,000 high performance systems and products installed in onshore and offshore wind turbines around the world. Maximizing availability of these systems requires specific technical expertise. From commissioning to repair to troubleshooting, our new Training Center will provide highly qualified technicians and engineers with the right skills and know-how” said Sean Gartland, Corporate Vice President and President of Moog’s International Group, at the opening ceremony.

 “Qualified service engineers with the right technical know-how are essential to the optimum operation of a wind turbine. Moog’s new training facility will help customers to self-manage turbine deployment and speed up repair and maintenance work. Having qualified technicians especially in hard-to-reach areas and conditions that are difficult to work under are essential to saving customers time and ultimately cost,” added Jens Ograbek, Head of Services and Repair, Moog in Unna, Germany.

The opening ceremony included a number of Moog’s global senior executives as well as guest VIPs. Mr. Udo Paschedag, State Secretary, Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia delivered a speech on the importance of wind energy in North Rhine-Westphalia. Other guests include Mr. Werner Kolter, Mayor, City of Unna. In addition to the opening ceremony, Moog representatives and a number of leading industry experts sponsored a round-table discussion on “Safety, efficiency and skills in the wind energy market.”

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Source: moog, September 23, 2011

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