• Understand the basics of vibration measurement
  • Demonstrate the basics of signal analysis
  • Understand measurement and the characteristics of vibration signals
  • Use data acquisition equipment for vibration signals
  • Apply vibration analysis for different machinery faults
  • Apply specific techniques for pumps, compressors, engines, turbines and motors
  • Apply vibration based faults detection and diagnostic techniques
  • Diagnose machinery related problems with vibration analysis techniques
  • Apply advanced signal processing techniques and tools to vibration analysis
  • Detect, locate and diagnose faults in rotating and reciprocating machinery using vibration analysis techniques
  • Identify conditions of resonance and be able to rectify these problems

The workshop

This practical workshop provides a detailed examination of the detection, location and diagnosis of faults in rotating and reciprocating machinery using vibration analysis. The basics and underlying physics of vibration signals are first examined. The acquisition and processing of signals is reviewed followed by a discussion of machinery faults diagnosis using vibration analysis, and rectifying the unidentified faults. The latest approaches and equipment used together with current research techniques in vibration analysis are also highlighted in the workshop.

The training will be in preparation to the vibration institute of USA Category 1. The vibration analyst certification uses body of knowledge compliant with ISO 18436-2 and is enhanced by a job- task analysis conducted by the Vibration institute Certification Committee.

ISO 18436-2 specifies the general requirements for vibration analysis personnel who perform machinery condition monitoring and diagnostics of machines. Certification to this standard will provide recognition of the qualification and competence of individuals to perform machinery vibration measurements and analysis using portable and permanently installed sensors and equipment ISO 18436-2:2003 a four- category certification program that is based on the technical areas discussed herein.

Pre- requisites

This is not an advanced workshop but one aimed at the fundamentals. A basic knowledge of electrical and mechanical concepts would be useful.

Course Outline

  1. Understanding The Basic Theory Behind Vibration Analysis Vibration Sources and uses
    • Sources of vibration
    • Effects of vibration
    • Uses of vibration
    • Measurement and analysis
    • Review
  2. Basic Machinery Vibration
    • The physical Nature of vibration
    • Vibration measurement
    • Vibratory Motion
    • Measures
    • Conversions
    • Vibration Analysis
    • Excitation – resonance frequency
    • Natural Frequencies, and critical speeds
  3. Data Collection
    • Physical observations
    • Periodic and continuous data collection
    • Vibration instruments
    • Computer software
  4. Machine Characteristics
    • Machinery knowledge
    • Sources of vibration
    • Bearings
    • Centrifugal Machines
    • Gears and Gearboxes
    • Motors and Generators
    • Process machines
  5. Vibration instruments
    • Data Displays
    • Meters – amplitude
    • Oscilloscopes- amplitude, frequency, and phase
    • Data collectors and analysers- amplitude, frequency, and phase
    • Virtual instruments
  6. Vibration Testing
    • Periodic monitoring
    • Machine analysis
    • Acceptance testing
    • Design characteristics
      • Natural frequencies
      • Critical speeds
  7. Basic Analysis
    • Introduction
    • Spectrum analysis
    • Time waveform shape
    • Fast Fourier analysis
    • Analysis terminology
    • Common machine faults
    • Closure
  8. Vibration Severity
    • Machinery knowledge
    • Introduction
    • Bearing housing evaluation
    • Shaft vibrations
    • Gears and bearings

Who should Attend

Any plant personnel who are involved in direct maintenance, troubleshooting or rotating machinery and want to enhance knowledge in best maintenance program and continuous improvement.

Job Titles

  • Maintenance Manager
  • Engineering Manager
  • Reliability Manager
  • CBM Engineer
  • Facility Engineer

Coming from the following industries

  • Power Generation
  • Petrochemicals
  • Transportation
  • Automotive Manufacturing
  • Pulp & paper
  • Earth-moving (Mining)
  • Primary metals (steel Manufacturing / smelting)
  • General manufacturing
  • Process manufacturing

Vibration Analysis is used in the following objectives:

Early Detection of mechanical fatigue or breakdown

  • All rotating equipment vibrates to some degree, but as older bearings and components reach the end of their product life they begin to vibrate more dramatically, and in district ways
  • Ongoing monitoring of equipment allows these signs of wear and damage to be identified well before the damage becomes an expensive problem

Accurately monitor health of your plant machinery

  • It is a useful tool to identify unbalance, misalignment, eccentricity, bent shaft crack, mechanical looseness, journal bearings faults, rolling elements. Bearing faults, rotor rub, cavitation, electrical motor problems and gear faults.

Decrease downtime and increase savings

  • This process is generically known as ‘condition monitoring’. When used correctly, it can result in huge cost savings when compared to traditional maintenance methods
  • Traditional maintenance methods are preventive components are replaced on a fixed schedule whether worn or not and reactive maintenance in which components are repaired only after they have broken down.
  • Neither of these methods is ideal, although both are very common throughout the heavy industry sector, and both tend to incur much higher costs than those methods that use vibration analysis.