Supercharge your vibration program
Are you extracting the full value from your vibration analysis program?
Vibration programs are filled with potential. It’s often initiated with very good intentions. Sometimes those intentions are triggered by a critical failure that caused injury or that affected the plant’s production. Unfortunately, many programs fail, but only because of a misunderstanding of proper preparation and implementation or a lack of dedication of proper resources. Many programs follow a common path to demise, normally occurring in the first year or two. The key is to supercharge your program before it sputters into the abyss.
Unfortunately, the most critical and complicated machines are typically chosen as the first machines to add to the database. Without proper understanding of vibration analysis, default data collection settings are used and basic tests are made, which often are inadequate, especially for the complex machines selected for the program startup. Some alarm limits are set, but improper understanding results in false alarms that are soon ignored. Faults are detected in their late stages, causing repair work to remain urgent and reactive. The first steps down the road to failure have been taken.