Vibration monitoring is no walk in the park, and although, yes – the sensors do all of the work once they’re in place – it takes a little bit of know-how to mount vibration sensors in the right location.
We’ve seen enough badly placed vibration monitors to spot a disastrous detector from a mile away. So to help your DIY skills when it comes to setting up your sensors, we’ve compiled a list of do’s and don’ts for you.
What to do When Using Vibration Monitoring
- Fit to anything from motors, pumps, fans, compressors, engines, centrifuges and cooling towers.
- Install with a steel strap, threaded stud, epoxy attached steel mounting disk or VTB-Mag (a magnetic base used to attach to a stainless steel mounting disc).
- Ideally, install the vibration sensors at the points of greatest vibration, which can be determined via inspection or previously measured data.
- Take readings to ensure correct installation, the baseline readings will form the basis of the condition monitoring and so it is imperative that they are correct.
- Take action if subsequent data varies from baseline data.
What not to do when using vibration monitoring
- Install the vibration sensors on a flimsy surface.
- Install the vibration sensors in areas of minimal vibration.
- Avoid taking baseline readings and assuming that the sensor is in the correct location.
- Avoid using the data collected and only using the condition monitoring for fault checks upon machine failure.
When to Use Condition Vibration Monitoring
Struggling to verify whether or not vibration monitoring is of the best use of the budget? Break down the basics and consider vibration monitoring when:
- You want to minimize downtime in mission-critical applications
- Required equipment is costly to replace
- Required equipment is located in remote or hazardous locations
- Equipment is difficult or expensive to service
- Catastrophic equipment failure could be dangerous to people or property located nearby
Of course, condition monitoring can come into play in a variety of unique situations, but this will take extra consideration before a decision is made. Feel free to contact one of our experts if you’re looking for a second opinion.
Ensuring You’ve Gotten it Right
If you’re having doubts about the sensors of the positioning of the components within your system, our team of experts are more than happy to assist with any unique issues or simple problems.
Call us at 1-832-471-8145 and we’ll help you get down to the source of your worries and how to solve them.
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Vibration Monitoring | Machine Saver, Inc. – Houston, TX