30-Second Summary

  • Motion amplification proves to be ideal for visualization of structural issues and resonance problems in machines.
  • Vibration problem at 100Hz which is electrically related should be visualized using an MA camera.
  • Machine frame distortion is usually known as soft foot, as it often prevents the machine from touching all its feet to its base.

Motion Amplification is a fantastic tool for visualizing many machinery problems, from structural issues to resonance problems. But what about a vibration problem at 100Hz which is electrically related. Can motion amplification help find the root cause?

One of our engineers recently picked up a Motor problem. It was showing high vibration levels of 10mm/sec RMS at a frequency of 100Hz. The motor runs close to 50Hz so he collected a high resolution spectrum to confirm the problem was electrical related and not 2xRPM. He confirmed it was electrical at 100Hz (2XLF) so decided to visualize with MA Camera. The MA video below clearly shows the motor dipping down to the right side. This has all the hallmarks of a machine soft foot problem and probably the root cause of the high 100Hz vibration due to the motor frame twisting. The motor is now planned in for the next shutdown to rectify this problem. Read more

30-Second Summary

  • Vibration analysis can help detect bearing defects, but can’t do much to enhance plant reliability.
  • Detecting the root cause of the bearing defect is equally important when it comes to ensuring that the same problem doesn’t occur in the future.
  • RMS offers Online, Public, and Onsite ISO 18436-2 CAT I to CAT IV courses for vibration analysis.

Bearing Defects

Identifying bearing defects using vibration analysis is not going to improve plant reliability. To do this we have to look at the root cause of the defect and take action to prevent the same problem re-occurring in the future. 

Here is a nice example from a large ID Fan, after a 3 month shut down of the plant. The fan was restarted, straight away an outer race defect was picked up on the Fan NDE bearing by an RMS engineer. Read more