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Maint. Manag. & Cond. Monit.

Vibration Analysis

Category I

Introductory Level

Course Overview

This course is the ideal starting for new vibration analysts, people collecting vibration data and those who want a better understanding of vibration analysis and condition monitoring. If you are ready to get started in vibration analysis and condition monitoring, this course is for you.

You will come away with a solid understanding of why we monitor the condition of rotating machinery (and other critical assets), the importance of improved reliability, and how vibration can be successfully measured and analyzed to provide an early warning of a wide range of fault conditions. You won’t come away as an expert; that’s what our more advanced courses are for.

SES use 3D animations, Flash simulations and workshops that completely demystify vibration analysis. While vibration training courses have traditionally been very theoretical, difficult to understand (and boring), you will be captivated by the SES training methods, and you will enjoy our practical approach. You will take away skills that you can immediately apply to your job, and you will truly understand what you are doing. When senior vibration analysts attend our classes they often say “if only I could have learned this way when I got started”. You have the opportunity to do just that.

Course Outlines

  • Maintenance practices.
  • Condition monitoring.
  • Principles of vibration.
  • Introduction to vibration measurement.
  • An introduction to the time waveform.
  • An introduction to the spectrum.
  • An introduction to forcing frequencies.
  • Explaining the different vibration units.
  • A brief introduction to phase.
  • Data acquisition.
  • A quick review of data acquisition.
  • How do we measure vibration?
  • Where to place the sensor on the machine?
  • Understanding axial, radial, vertical, and horizontal readings.
  • A quick introduction to mounting the accelerometer and surface preparation.
  • Naming conventions.
  • Signal processing.
  • A quick tour of your analyzer.
  • Spectral averaging.
  • Vibration analysis.
  • The spectrum analysis process.
  • What is resonance – a quick introduction.
  • Diagnosing common fault conditions.
  • Setting alarm limits.
  • What are “routes” and how do you create them?

Learning Competencies

You will come away from the course with a solid understanding of:

  • How a well-designed program, and the reliability centered maintenance approach (with precision balancing, alignment, lubrication and resonance control), will improve the OEE and therefore the bottom line.
  • The condition monitoring technologies: infrared analysis (thermography), oil analysis, wear particle analysis, motor testing – via supplementary training.
  • How machines work – via supplementary self-study via the “Equipment Knowledge” section.
  • How to select the correct measurement location and axis, and collect good, repeatable measurements.
  • What the Fmax, resolution, averaging and other analyzer settings mean, and how to select the optimum settings for a wide variety of machine types.
  • How to analyze vibration spectra, time waveforms, envelope (demodulation), and phase measurements.
  • How to diagnose a wide range of fault conditions: unbalance, eccentricity, misalignment, bent shaft, cocked bearing, looseness, rolling element bearings faults, journal bearing faults, gearbox faults, resonance, and other conditions.
  • How to set alarm limits manually and with statistics.
  • How to balance and align a machine, and correct a resonance condition.

Who Should Enroll?

If you have been performing vibration analysis for more than twelve months, and feel that you have a good understanding of the fundamentals, then you are ready to step up to the Category II course. (Note that you require 18 months’ experience to be certified.)

Anyone who wants to be confident and capable of diagnosing a wide range of fault conditions, correct certain conditions, and taking accurate measurements needs to take this course. Many plant sites require contractors to be certified, and many employers require employees to be certified.

Take the Next Step

Finally, Industry experts and faculty with firsthand experience guarantee you a dynamic learning experience at an affordable price. Discuss challenges, get answers, share ideas and return to your job a more knowledgeable and valuable professional. Certificate recipients report promotions and increased job opportunities.

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