Vibration Analysis is the process
of monitoring the condition of machinery, and the
diagnosis of faults through the measurement
and analysis of vibration within that machine.
Typically conducted through hand-held or permanently
positioned accelerometers placed on key measurement
points on the equipment. Commonly used on most large
items of rotating equipment, such as turbines, pumps,
motors, gearboxes, fans, agitators, etc.
The Complex made simple
Each machine has unique vibration characteristics,
based on the runspeed and specific geometry.
With information, such as gear tooth count, bearing
mfg and model number, vane or blade count, we can
determine the exact faculty component.
The key to any successful predictive maintenance
program is trending. With regular periodic monitoring,
the analyst gets to know the specific machinery
and quickly becomes aware of any changes.
It is then that the machine is looked at a little
closer, reports are generated and repairs can be
We spend alot of time talking about predicting your
maintenance needs. What we don't spend enough time
on is discussing what we feel is the most important
part, the part that could take your program to
World Class status, Proactive Maintenance. That
is where we start to shine. Our analyst begin identifying
problems early on, before component failure starts.
Through advanced analysis techniques we can determine
the potential Root-Cause of future problems. By
making lower cost repairs earlier, component replacement
may not be needed in the near future.
Return on Investment. This is the bottom line. By
preventing startup failures, making proactive repairs
or performing permission maintenance in the beginning
or along the way, you can extend the life of your
critical machinery. Equipment that runs at its
peak condition runs longer and cost less to maintain.
The average ROI in industry today
is 7:1. But depending on your process we have seen
this exceed 35:1. This is an investment that you
shouldn't overlook. Maintenance departments could
begin to look like profit centers, not just cost
centers and a necessary evil.
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