Equipment vibration levels and bearing life are directly correlated. Many studies have established this link. Increased vibration levels due to misalignment, unbalance, looseness and other factors will greatly reduce the life span of bearings and other critical components within your equipment. It is not the amount of vibration that affects bearing life, but the forces that cause this vibration. These dynamic forces are propagated into components like bearings, reducing their life span. Reducing vibration levels means that the forcing functions are reduced/eliminated and bearing life is improved as a result.
Reducing vibration levels in your equipment will decrease the maintenance efforts required to keep it running, improve uptime and save your company money. These savings can be used to help justify your condition monitoring and reliability efforts as well.
Eliminate vibration before it kills your equipment, production, and profits.
Condition Monitoring, Vibration Analysis by Trent Phillips