While vibration is present in just about every industrial process around the world, engineers shouldn’t accept it as a condition that inevitably leads to unplanned downtime and machinery failure. Recent advances in vibration monitoring technology have assisted engineers in minimising these age-old engineering problems. And the case for implementing a vibration monitoring portfolio across your manufacturing operations is further strengthened when you consider that it can assist in reducing your energy consumption.
While component design has undoubtedly improved, resulting in better performance and increased life expectancy, it is still the job of engineers to ensure that machines remain efficient and operational. Vibration is therefore a key element that engineers must be aware of, as it can accelerate wear and tear and lead to machine failure.
The causes of vibration are relatively simple. In most cases, vibration is the result of misalignment or looseness. However, the effects can be wide-ranging. In addition to heightened levels of wear, leading to premature replacement, Health and Safety can also be affected, as increased noise is likely to impact on working conditions. The worst case scenario is total failure, which can result in the shutting down of your entire operations and a serious reduction in plant profitability. However, all these dangers can be minimised with vibration monitoring.