Vibration is movement, deflection or displacement from a steady station or rest. The frequency of this movement in cycles produces sound waves as well as determines the limit of vibration before failure in the equipment. There is no single test that indicates equipment’s mechanical condition as well as a vibration test. The interpretation of the test can be complex.
Usually, the results are determined and corrective action, if required can be recommended.
Richard Flanders Enterprises, Inc. through field testing, can listen to your rotating equipment’s vibration signature to determine its dynamic conditions so that potential operational malfunctions can be identified.
In general, tests shall be taken on the top side of each bearing, two points on the equipment housing, and base 90′ part, and on duct or pipe after the flexible connection.
Each point is read in mils of deflection, then compared with manufacturer’s allowable tolerance for the respective equipment and recorded. Where vibration readings deviate from normal, our report shall be forwarded to the client, architect, engineer or contractor with recommended action to be taken.
This method of testing makes it possible to avoid costly down time on production equipment, repair or replacement costs and the occurrence of hazardous failures. In many cases, through Vibration Testing, faulty components can be detected early and within a warranty period saving the owner the cost of repair.