We live in a time of increased automation where machines play a dominant role in all aspects of manufacturing and service. Maintenance of those machines is a critical factor in their lifespan and in keeping daily operations running smoothly. Very simply, vibration testing is a diagnostic tool that evaluates the health of machines. It is the science of measuring and understanding a structure’s response to a dynamic event. And as the world becomes more automated and machinery becomes more powerful, the science of vibration testing, which has made some significant advancements in the last ten years, is acknowledged as the most reliable determinant of probable machine failure before it happens. But like any service, it is important to ensure that the team that providing the service is both certified and reliable.
Some companies that don’t have a predictive maintenance program schedule a calendar-based maintenance of their machines. Actions are scheduled regardless of the actual condition of the equipment. With this approach, machines are often repaired unnecessarily, which is also unnecessarily costly. Over the past 30 years, many companies have transitioned from calendar-based maintenance to predictive maintenance using vibration analysis which does not require tearing a machine down to determine its condition. When a machine condition fault is detected, a repair is scheduled when needed—not before and not too late.
There are many benefits to vibration testing and they include:
Determining a need for a repair in advance of a failure allows maintenance to schedule the repair in a timely manner.
A machine in distress can be repaired or taken offline before a hazardous condition occurs.
With fewer unexpected and serious failures, costly production stoppages can be avoided.
Extended Machine Life.
Predictive maintenance will extend the life of machines.
The elimination of catastrophic failures.
The bottom line is that vibration testing has developed into a reliable science that can be depended on. So whether you manage a commercial office or residential building, a factory or hospital, you can depend on vibration testing to keep elevators, chillers, as well as other rotating machines operating.