Vibration analysis is the process of measuring vibration levels and frequencies of machinery to analyze how healthy the machines and their components are.
This is the predominant technology employed in condition monitoring to determine the condition of various mechanical components making estimating a prediction on service life expectancy and urgency of repairs.
It is a non-invasive technique which collects vibration data from machines under normal operating conditions. Vibration readings are typically taken at bearing locations following accepted industry.
Vibration analysis can detect problems such as:
- Bearing failures
- Mechanical looseness
- Resonance and natural frequencies
- Electrical motor faults
- Bent shafts
- Gearbox failures
- Empty space or bubbles (cavitation) in pumps
- Critical speeds