Remote Vibration Data Collection in Rotating Equipment

November 26, 2013

Vibration data collection on plant equipment can be very problematic due to safety concerns, time constraints, access difficulties and other reasons. Solution: The use of a termination switchbox and vibration sensors can allow an analyst to safely collect vibration data away from conditions that could complicate or event prevent manual readings from being taken due […]

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Vibration Data Collection Pitfalls

April 4, 2013

Every vibration analyst relies on accurate data to provide the necessary information to base a report or work order on that will set in motion the activities of the maintenance department. Therefore, the analyst must resist sinking into bad data collection habits. When early detection of a fault or possible problem is important (it usually […]

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Thoughts on Operator Based Vibration Data Collection

September 10, 2012

Many facilities have placed overall vibration data collection devices in the hands of their operators.  The goal is to give the operators and production a tool to help identify equipment problems and the severity of those problems.  The intent of this effort is very good.  However, the true value of this effort is usually not […]

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Use your vibration data collector for rounds logging

July 16, 2012

One of the most overlooked features of a good vibration data collector is the ability to enter important process information such as temperatures, pressures, equipment lubrication levels, equipment speed and much more. Documentation of process data is important for your production department. This information is important to the Condition Monitoring (CM) Analyst as well.  Changes in […]

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Vibration Data Collection | Safety Strap

May 16, 2012

The safety strap which is included with the analyzer should be checked for condition prior to each use. Most safety straps use Velcro and the Velcro is there for your safety. The strap is designed to separate to prevent injury should your cables become tangled in the rotating shaft or some other moving part of […]

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Accelerometer Magnet Placement

May 7, 2012

An accelerometer is often used with a magnet to couple the sensor to the machine. The coupling between the magnet and machine is critical to ensure quality vibration data is acquired. Placing the magnet onto the machine can create an impact which can shock the sensor for several seconds. Collecting data during this time can […]

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