mounting a vibration sensor

Reliability engineers need to have accurate data to make actionable decisions. In order to obtain the most accurate vibration data, sensors must be mounted properly, and in such a way that provides the most usable data. There are several considerations to take into account when mounting vibration sensors, including mounting location, orientation, mounting in harsh environments, and operation during a power loss.

mounting a vibration sensor

Things to Know Before Mounting a Vibration Sensor

You Should Mount it in the Right Way, Not the Easiest Way

Machine Saver’s line of vibration sensors feature many mounting options customized for your specific application. In order to gather data that is useful, mounting of vibration sensors must be done the right way, and not necessarily in the easiest way.

This means, for example, mounting the sensor radially at or around the bearing housing of motors to ensure accurate real-time operating status of each set of bearings. In this case, mounting sensors at bearing housings allows for monitoring of excessive casing vibration and temperature.

You should mount it in the right way, not the easiest way.

Mounting options for Machine Saver vibration sensors include:

  • mounting via steel strap
  • threaded stud
  • epoxy attached steel mounting disk
  • VTB-Mag, a magnetic base used to attach to a stainless steel mounting disc

mounting a vibration sensorDon’t Install on Flimsy Surfaces

It is important that all vibration sensors are installed solidly. You must take care and avoid mounting on flimsy surfaces like sheet metal or unsuitable brackets.

Generally speaking it is best to install vibration sensors at the point of greatest vibration. This location can be determined by inspection or by previously measured vibration data.

Each application is different and the team at Machine Saver would be happy to discuss strategies for your specific application.

mounting a vibration sensor

Put it in the Right Location

Another consideration is the location in which the sensor is being installed. If power to the monitored machine is unreliable, an Uninterruptible Power Supply (or UPS) may be installed to allow continuous vibration monitoring, even when power is lost or in a brownout situation.

Special care may be needed when installing in corrosive environments. Consult with the experts at Machine Saver, as we can assist you with any unique installation situation. Simply call us at 1-832-471-8145.


Special care may be needed when installing in corrosive environments.

Take Readings to Ensure Correct Installation

Once the sensor or sensors have successfully been installed it is important to take baseline vibration readings to make sure the sensor has been installed correctly and is gathering data as expected. This baseline data is also useful for comparison against future vibration data gathered.

Action should be taken if subsequent data varies widely from the baseline data.

Making the decision to monitor vibration data is an important one. Nearly as important are the proper planning, preparation, and installation of vibration sensing equipment. By following some simple guidelines, the installation process should go smoothly, and provide data to keep your machines running optimally.

Let Machine Saver Protect Your Machinery with Vibration Sensors

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mounting a vibration sensor

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