Digitalization transition: Transformer manufacturers as solution providers
Transformer operators are in the middle of a turning point: Their obligation is to master the necessary but complex modernizations in technology and the infrastructure while, at the same time, ensuring the stability of the networks. Transformer manufacturers can help them accomplish this. The new digitalization partnership between Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen and GANZ Transformers and Electric Rotating Machines Ltd. shows how transformer manufacturers can use this opportunity and thus become the ideal solution provider for structural change.
The global energy industry is facing enormous challenges. The growing demand for energy due to the electrification of entire industries and the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is not only increasing volatility for consumers. The feed-in of solar and wind energy is also increasing fluctuations at power generators. The digitalization of assets, intelligent operating equipment, and new approaches to network management will all play key roles in overcoming these challenges and making networks fit for the future.
After all, in this dynamic environment, operators need to know the condition of their fleets precisely, and they rely on the expertise of OEMs to put together the right solution for them.
This is an excellent opportunity for transformer manufacturers to offer solutions for optimization and build up new business areas in the process. However, the sheer variety of sensors and other digital solutions on the market is vast and confusing. Also, each component needs a specialist to integrate it into a highly critical system. This needlessly escalates the effort and costs involved.