Vibration testing mimics the conditions a product or structure may experience during its lifetime. Used to ensure products and structures are hearty and can perform safely during transit or operation, a well-designed vibration test, such as Keystone’s Smooth Sailing package, can detect performance issues and failures before they start. Conducting this test could be the determining factor in whether or not a structure is going to pass the test of time once it gets out in the field.
Vibration testing is an important step in the process of initiating any large-scale worksite that involves large machinery. This type of testing should be one of the first steps a company takes when starting a new project. Sites that contain rotating devices, such as chilled and condenser pumps or fan motors, will benefit from our vibration analysis. By detecting potential failures due to bearing wear or a motor misalignment, our technology allows you to trend bearing wear and identify potential failures. This allows for corrective action to be budgeted and scheduled. We understand that vibration testing may seem like a large business expenditure; however, bearing replacements are much less expensive than a catastrophic motor failure caused by a collapsed bearing.
Predictive maintenance with vibration analysis and imaging is exactly what you need to prevent the next unexpected failure or performance issue. You wouldn’t want to go into cutting down a tree with a dull ax, so make sure you take the necessary amount of time sharpening your blade before getting started.
What Does Vibration Analysis Identify?
Vibration analysis provides an in-depth analysis of many factors. These tests range from low frequency to high frequency to simulate a great variety of different situations to provide the most accurate results. A general list of things that could benefit from vibration analysis, to give you a broad idea, includes your machinery’s motors, fans and blowers, belts and chain drives, gearboxes, pumps, compressors, and spindles. Evaluating these parts will help Keystone best understand how to fix any problems that currently exist or could potentially arise in the future.
How Vibration Analysis Can Help Managers
Vibration analysis isn’t just acting to the benefit of the tools or structures that it is testing. It can also help managers in many ways, and some may surprise you! With Keystone’s vibration analysis services, managers can better control machine downtime by anticipating problems that may arise more easily than they would have without the service. This will allow for a more accurate financial model to be projected and minimize any monetary surprises that come along the way. It will also eliminate recurring failures your machinery may be experiencing, as a vibration analysis can diagnose the root of the issues and can proactively set repair priorities. There will be no more guessing or trying to navigate the array of noises that products can make when things go bad. Keystone’s vibration analysis cuts out the middleman and allows you to keep the momentum moving forward.
Keystone’s “Smooth Sailing” vibration analysis includes vibration analysis and thermal imaging, accompanied by a full report of our findings.
Keystone is dedicated to providing excellence, knowledge, and a personalized service. Donald Cleaver, Keystone’s founder and CEO, created the company in 2003 with its sole focus on the electronic environment.
Mr. Cleaver started in the industry as an HVAC apprentice in 1974 and later attained a mechanical engineering degree. He has 47 years of excellent electronic experience and knowledge. Eighteen years later, Keystone is accruing more and more customers, and it’s easy to see why!
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