Case Study 2: Enhanced System Reliability

James Sylvester Case Study 2

Last Updated: May 10, 2022

Standby Fan Motor Bearing Defect

This is the second of five video case studies on Enhanced System Reliability by James Sylvester.

In this case study from his book “Enhancing System Reliability Through Vibration Technology”, James Sylvester from JPS Reliability and an Reliability Training Institute Trainer, shows how analyzing bearing damage can lead to the root cause of the problem.

The other case studies in this series can be viewed on our Blog.
Also see James’s Wireless Vibration Sensor case study.

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 James Sylvester is an RMS Trainer at the Reliability Training Institute.

RMS has been a key Mobius Training partner since 2004 and James’ addition to the team will help us in delivery of the growing number of course offerings available. James will support in the delivery of our Accredited training courses conforming with ISO 18436, that offer either MiBoc or BINDT certification options.

Being a time-served engineer and having 20 years’ experience in the implementation of Condition-Based Maintenance and Reliability-Based Maintenance programs, with practical experience and qualifications make him an ideal candidate for the role as an RMS Trainer.

Starting as an apprentice fitter turner (millwright) and after 10 years in the Mechanical Engineering and Maintenance he made the move into Condition Monitoring and Reliability Engineering. He has spent the last 20 years working with many of the Blue-Chip companies in the UK and Australia.

James is also the Author of “Enhanced System Reliability Through Vibration Technology” ISBN 978-1-5272-5386-5.

Book Content

ISBN: 978-1-5272-5386-5

Chapter 1 – Condition Monitoring
Chapter 2 – Mechanics of Failure
Chapter 3 – Condition Monitoring Technologies

Chapter 4 – Setting up and Reporting
Chapter 5 – Practical Application
Chapter 6 – ISO Standards

Chapter 7 – Vibration Units
Chapter 8 – Accelerometer Selection and Mounting
Chapter 9 – Signal Processing
Chapter 10 – Bearing Condition Units
Chapter 11 – System Dynamics
Chapter 12 – Resonance & Natural Frequencies
Chapter 13 – Operating Deflection Shape Analysis
Chapter 14 – Motion Amplification
Chapter 15 – Modal Analysis Chapter 16 – Orbit Plot
Chapter 17 – Bode Plots

Chapter 18 – General Vibration Analysis
Chapter 19 – Rolling Element Bearings
Chapter 20 – Fluid Film Bearings
Chapter 21 – Gears
Chapter 22 – Paper Machines
Chapter 23 – Jaw Crushers
Chapter 24 – Vibrating Screens
Chapter 25 – DC Drives
Chapter 26 – AC Drives
Chapter 27 – Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM)
Chapter 28 – Pumps
Chapter 29 – Compressors
Chapter 30 – Reciprocating Engine Vibration
Chapter 31 – Turbo Machinery Notes

Chapter 32 – Balancing

Chapter 33 – Case Studies


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James has also created a series of five technical case studies, each of which is full of insights. The case studies are free to review and are created in an easy-to-follow video format. The case studies can be found here.

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