Vibration monitoring is the process of monitoring machinery to identify vibrations which may indicate a developing failure, malfunction, or process restriction. It is a major component
of predictive maintenance. Properly monitoring critical equipment can prevent unscheduled outages, optimize machine performance, and reduce repair and maintenance costs.
Vibration monitoring primarily applies to machinery that rotates such as pumps, motors, turbines, fans and compressors. As seen in the chart below, the first sign of the impending failure of
rotational equipment is vibration. By installing vibration detection equipment such as alignment sensors or seismic sensors, users can establish a baseline value and monitor for variations from
that baseline. If anomalies are detected, steps can be taken prior to failure of the equipment.
Benefits of Vibration Monitoring:
Reducing maintenance and production costs
Complying with environmental and safety regulations
Preventing environmental releases
Minimizing unplanned outages and downtime
Extending the time between and reducing the duration of planned outages
Life Cycle Asset Management – optimizing maintenance and operating costs to maximize the useful life of your production and assets
Protecting critical machinery against catastrophic mechanical failures
Reducing workforce size - reducing unnecessary maintenance and optimizing planned maintenance based on condition monitoring