Vibration analysis is used to monitor critical rotating machinery and to determine the effects it has on this machinery. A good vibration analysis survey can determine if the machinery is out of alignment or unbalanced, if belts are worn or loose, if gear teeth are worn or chipped, and to what extent of damage these common problems have caused. Vibration analysis can even determine how badly a bearing is damaged, which aids in prevention of unscheduled downtime.
Often, companies rely on their spare parts to see them through these unnecessary downtimes, without knowing the condition of their spares. By using monthly vibration analysis, a company can trend a bearing’s deficiency and determine in advance the best time to fix the problem so production is not disturbed. This approach provides companies with huge savings each year from production loss, overtime, wasted energy and excess parts.