Vibration monitoring

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While all machinery vibrates, monitoring excess vibration in rotating equipment is key to early identification of asset issues. Vibration monitoring devices use accelerometers to measure changes in amplitude, frequency, and intensity of forces that damage rotating equipment. Studying vibration measurements allows teams to discover imbalance, looseness, misalignment, or bearing wear in equipment prior to failure.

Getting the most from vibration monitoring

Vibration monitoring enhances your maintenance and reliability program by:

Detecting common problems using vibration

Vibration can prematurely wear components, shorten the life of equipment, create noise, and result in safety issues. Imbalance or misalignment in rotating assets may crack or break driveshafts and other components.

Visually illustrating the severity of vibration

Vibration monitors use a color-coded hierarchy, the Fluke Overall Vibration Severity scale (FOVS), to inform teams of vibration intensity. When assets deviate from pre-set parameters, Fluke Connect™ software sends an alarm indicating thresholds have been exceeded, delivering the FOVS condition.

Tracking asset health with temperature and vibration

Capturing changes in surface temperature, along with vibration data, may not precisely identify internal operating temperatures. However, conditional change regarding ambient temperature can be relied upon as a good indicator of impending fault.


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