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How to Improve Reliability by Vibration Signature Analysis

How to Improve Reliability by Vibration Signature Analysis

TRC-2018 Learning Zone 41:35
by Jim Berry, Technical Associates of Charlotte

This session will unveil the potent capability of Vibration Analysis to look within rotating machinery to evaluate a wide variety of components with the focused objective to assess their reliability. The instructor will demonstrate how this can be accomplished using the power of Vibration Signature Analysis. Much of the material for this session will come from Technical Associates’ 3-day “Entry Vibration Analysis” seminar. This session will focus on those having little or no vibration experience with the objective of imparting vibration fundamentals and likewise demonstrating how to detect a series of problems such as:

  • Unbalance
  • Misalignment
  • Mechanical Looseness
  • Foot Related Problems (Soft Foot, Sprung Foot, etc.)
  • Introduction to Rolling Element Bearing Fault Detection

One highlight of this session will be to compare “Before” and “After” data, to allow each participant to see the distinct difference prior to and following corrective actions to resolve problems detected. For example, we will show a plot that vividly shows a rolling element bearing having distinct faults; then compare it to a plot after this bearing has been replaced. Another highlight will reveal how vibration can pinpoint which particular rolling element bearing has faults within it. Real-world programs will be discussed by the instructor who has the privilege of being heavily involved with Condition Based Maintenance and Reliability for over 35 years. This has included auditing programs for a significant number of plants and corporations. Finally, this session will close with why adding Vibration Analysis to Reliability Programs can not only go far in improving the reliability of rotating machinery and accompanying assets, but also in helping the program achieve much higher Benefit-to-Cost Ratios. Likewise, it will simultaneously go far in reducing downtime of such assets and enhancing their productivity – therefore, improving the bottom line at those plants that incorporate Vibration Signature Analysis in their Reliability Programs. Each session participant should walk away with a clear understanding of what key steps will and will not likely result in full mature Reliability improvement.

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