The term vibration analysis may be used to refer to the process of checking any anomaly from the system using the signature of vibrations that have been developed in the system. Monitoring of the various changes in vibration in any system may also be determined by the vibration analysis. The technique of vibration analysis has been identified by many technicians as the most efficient method which may be used during the condition monitoring of most of the rotating machines. In the industry, vibration analysis is mostly used for the maintenance purposes and detecting the faults on equipment. This process is known as predictive maintenance.
Different components making up most of the machines such as the motors will usually vibrate different. The technique of vibration analysis is used for the purpose of listening to the machines during the process of condition monitoring. The noise prints in form of a spectrum will be left behind since most of the machine will vibrate differently. The noise prints left behind are usually in form of linear patterns. The linear patterns that will be produced in the instances when the machines have damaged for the will be prominent from the noise floor. This is what then ensures that the insights for the problem origin are identified by the vibrations specialist.
The most common causes may however be imbalances, misalignments of the motors or damage to the bearings. significant as the vibration specialist is also able to understand the urgency of the machine condition. Fixing or not fixing the condition of the machines is made easier to determine through this. There are numerous benefits which comes with the use of the vibration analysis technique when compared to other methods.
A good example of other method may be the run to failure. The vibration analysis usually comes with the benefit of reduced cost especially to the equipment. Prior to the failure of the machine the vibration analysis technique ensures that the conditions to the machines are detected earlier. The repair of the machines will in this case be made as contrasted to the full replacement of the whole equipment. Safety will also be increased with the use of vibration analysis technique. With the application of the predictive maintenance technique, fixing of the conditions for the machines is done even before they failure occurs. The working conditions especially to the machine operators are then made to be more safe. Labor cost is also reduced. This is because the maintenance in most cases involves replacement of smaller items which takes lesser time to fix compared to replacing the entire equipment.