Predictive Maintenance (condition monitoring)

For many Vibtech clients, the most powerful and cost effective approach to Vibration Analysis is through a Predictive Maintenance Program. Under such a program, the severity of vibration readings becomes secondary to the rate of change … it is as important to know how a machine is changing over time as it is to know whether or not a given reading is over or under alarm points. For example, a machine’s bearing vibrations may be in ranges which, by themselves, would indicate that it needs immediate replacing. However, when viewed over time, the vibration levels may be changing very slowly and the repair can be more conveniently scheduled. Conversely, readings which are barely in alarm may not seem to be of concern, but the rate of deterioration may indicate that replacement should be made immediately. 

The success of our programs is predicated on our hands-on fully qualified Vibration Analysts collecting quality data on-site as well as visually inspecting each machine.

All successful Predictive Maintenance Programs have these critical elements:

• The frequency between checks must be adequate to facilitate prediction.
• All measurements must be captured and stored for reference and analysis.
• There must be some method of trending data.
• Reporting is specific about problems, and clearly indicates the corrective work that is required.

Our Predictive Maintenance Programs offer superior results because we:

• routinely collect more data per machine … resulting in more accurate analysis and diagnosis,
• use proprietary software to generate unique and detailed reports,
• report using specific comments, in plain language, detailing the work that is needed – with visual aids that highlight the most critical issues,
• provide useful summary reports for management.

See examples of our Vibration Analysis reports below.

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