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Condition Monitoring and Security in the Cloud

June 18, 2024

‘The Cloud’ refers to software, services, and data that are stored on the internet.  However, this data is not just stored in a random location; it will be located on a group of computers operated by a service provider. Typically it will be Microsoft, Amazon, or Google, but other providers are available.  These companies have […]

What are the Pros and Cons of Precision Alignment?

June 11, 2024

Visiting more than 150 industrial sites has helped me realize that precision laser alignment tools have become a focal point in most companies’ maintenance strategies. One significant advantage of employing laser alignment tools is the unparalleled accuracy they offer in aligning rotating machinery. The precision achieved with these tools ensures that critical elements such as […]

The Importance of Data Resolution for Vibration Analysis

June 4, 2024

Setting the correct lines of resolution (LOR) can sometimes be challenging. In the example below we have a single-stage increasing gearbox.  The gearbox is designed with three individual shafts (input shaft, intermediate shaft, and output shaft), all enclosed within a single gearbox housing. The speed of the input shaft is constant at 29.93 Hz (1796 […]

When to Use Phase Analysis

May 28, 2024

Everyone needs phase analysis. A phase study should be performed on problem machines when the source of the vibration is not clear, or when it is necessary to confirm suspected sources of vibration. A phase study might include points measured only on the machine bearings or it may include points over the entire machine from […]

Understanding Casing Distortion in Machinery

May 21, 2024

One of the most critical issues affecting rotating machines is casing distortion. This article delves into what casing distortion means, how it impacts machine performance, and why it’s essential to address it in order to achieve reliable operation. Casing distortion is not only one of the biggest problems for rotating machinery, it’s also a very […]

Kappa X Case Study: Preventing Catastrophic Failure and Costly Replacement at a Wastewater Treatment Plant

May 14, 2024

In the wastewater treatment industry, uninterrupted aeration is crucial for effective operation and compliance with environmental regulations. When a Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) experienced a major bearing failure in two of their high-speed, high-temperature blowers, it posed a significant challenge. The blower manufacturer had no spare parts or replacements available, leaving the plant at risk […]

Good Practices for Sheave Alignment on Multi-Belt Drives

May 7, 2024

Ensuring proper sheave alignment on multi-belt drives involves several good practices. When dealing with multiple belts and sheaves, a thorough inspection of each belt and its grooves for wear is crucial. In cases where any belts are slipping, it becomes imperative to replace all belts together. Achieving precise alignment between pulleys can be accomplished through […]

5 Advantages of Wireless Vibration Sensors

April 30, 2024

When choosing a wireless vibration sensor, it is important to carefully evaluate your specific application requirements and weigh the advantages of the technology to make an informed decision. Here are some advantages of wireless vibration sensors: Flexibility and Mobility: Wireless sensors such as the Kappa X provide greater flexibility in terms of placement and movement. […]

Slow Speed Bearing Monitoring Utilizing Ultrasound

April 23, 2024

Ultrasound is an especially good tool for detecting bearing problems on slow-speed machines. However, there are some common misconceptions about how this is accomplished. The rules behind the processing of the acquired signal are the same for ultrasound or vibration analysis. A rolling element bearing’s Fundamental Train Frequency (FTF) or Cage Frequency is usually somewhere […]

Optimizing an effective oil analysis program for critical assets – Benefits of an optimized oil analysis program – Part 3

April 16, 2024

In case you missed the first two installments of this article, be sure to check them out before jumping ahead to this last installment. In the first installment, we took a closer look at the reason for monitoring critical assets while in the second installment focused more on developing the oil analysis program as well […]

Data Collection for Vibration Analysis: The Impact of Efficiency

April 9, 2024

Consider how your vibration data collection instrument gathers information. This is a critical factor that can either streamline or prolong the data collection process within your facility. Typically, vibration analysts record and store an overall value (OA), spectrum (FFT), and time waveform (TWF) during each measurement. Some vibration hardware devices require separate measurements for each […]

Shaft Alignment Measurement Mode: Uncoupled Sweep

April 2, 2024

In our previous blog, we discussed the: Shaft Alignment Measurement Mode: Multi-Point Method. In this blog, we continue with the next method: Uncoupled Sweep.  The Uncoupled Sweep Measurement mode allows you to measure uncoupled machines with ease. Start from any rotational position and take measurements by rotating the shaft with the S-laser in front of the […]

The Soft Foot Analysis Form: A Simple and Effective Aid

March 26, 2024

As part of our training program, we simulate various scenarios, to teach trainees how to see through a problem to a solution. To this end, the Soft Foot Analysis Form is a simple yet effective aid. Soft foot is machine frame distortion. It is evidenced by the movement of the machine shaft as the anchor […]

Optimizing an Effective Oil Analysis Program for Critical Assets – Developing an Oil Analysis Program – Part 2

March 19, 2024

In the first installment of this series, Optimizing an Effective Oil Analysis Program for Critical Assets – Why Focus on Critical Assets? Part 1, we focused on the reason for monitoring critical assets while also diving into the other types of assets. For this second installment, we will focus some more on actually developing an […]

Assessing The True Long-Term Cost Of Vibration Equipment Ownership

March 12, 2024

When acquiring new vibration equipment, it is important to delve into the genuine long-term cost of ownership, rather than fixating solely on the initial purchase price. The notion that the cheapest or most expensive option is always the wisest doesn’t hold true in this context. To make an informed decision, it is imperative to account […]

Shaft Alignment Measurement Mode: Multi-Point

March 5, 2024

In our previous blog, we discussed the: Shaft Alignment Measurement Mode: Continuous Sweep Method. In this blog, we continue with the next method: Multi-Point.    The Multi-Point measurement mode is among the most versatile measurement modes as it allows you to measure under any condition. It lets the user begin the measurement from any rotational position and […]

10 Things to Look for When Buying a Laser Shaft Alignment System

February 27, 2024

When purchasing a laser shaft alignment system, consider the following things to ensure you choose the most suitable and effective solution for your specific needs: Accuracy and Precision: Look for a laser shaft alignment system with high measurement accuracy and precision. The system should provide reliable and repeatable results for precise alignment adjustments. Ease of […]

Optimizing an effective oil analysis program for critical assets – Why focus on critical assets? Part 1

February 20, 2024

Our critical assets are the ones that get the most attention in our plants. They are considered the main drivers of production as without them, output can stop which directly affects the profitability of the plant. Quite often, these can be thought of as the heart of the operation as they need to be working […]

Choosing The Right Machines for Wireless Vibration Sensor Placement

February 13, 2024

Selecting the appropriate machines for mounting wireless vibration sensors involves a thoughtful process that integrates criticality analysis and considerations of accessibility. Here’s a more detailed breakdown: Criticality Analysis Prioritize critical machines by identifying and prioritizing machines critical to your operational processes. These could be equipment with a significant impact on production, safety, or overall system […]

Shaft Alignment Measurement Mode: Continuous Sweep

February 6, 2024

In our previous blog, we discussed the: Shaft Alignment Measurement Mode: EasyTurn™ Method. In this blog, we continue with the next method: Continuous Sweep.  The Continuous Sweep Measurement mode allows you to begin an alignment measurement from any rotational position. Simply rotate the shaft and let the tool record the points as you go around. […]