What is Vibration Analysis?
Vibration analysis is used to detect the early precursors to machine failure, allowing machinery to be repaired or replaced before an expensive failure occurs.
1Early detection of mechanical fatigue and 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 distinct ways.
Ongoing monitoring of equipment allows these signs of wear and damage to be identified well before the damage becomes an expensive problem.
2Accurately monitor the health of your plant machinery
The Commtest portable and permanently-mounted vibration analyzers are used in this monitoring process. Our vibration analyzers record machine vibrations using sensors such as accelerometers and tachometers.
Accelerometers are the ears of our instruments and are connected to rotating machinery such as electro-mechanical drives and gearboxes. The vibrations and movements of the equipment are then recorded.
These recordings are later transferred to a computer and analyzed using our award-winning Ascent® software, which provides a visual display of the vibration waveforms. You can compare these recordings over time and use the gradual development of new vibrations to detect wear at the earliest stages.
3Decrease downtime and increase savings
This process is generically known as condition monitoring. When used correctly, it can result in huge cost savings compared to traditional maintenance methods.
Traditional maintenance methods are preventive - Components are replaced according to a fixed schedule whether worn or not. Traditional maintenance methods are also reactive, repairing components 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 methods that use vibration analysis.