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Vibration Analysis and the Benefits of Predictive Maintenance

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Vibration Analysis, when applied to your industrial electric motors, aims to reduce maintenance costs and equipment downtime by detecting equipment faults.

In just about any piece of rotating equipment, like an electric motor, it helps you identify:

  • Unbalance
  • Misalignment
  • Rolling Element Bearing Faults
  • Resonance Conditions

Vibration Analysis is a common component of a predictive maintenance program, which is designed to help determine the condition of in-service equipment in order to estimate when maintenance should be performed.

Predictive maintenance promises cost savings over routine or time-based preventative maintenance programs, because tasks are performed only when warranted.  It relies on the actual condition of your motor, rather than average or expected life statistics, to predict when maintenance will be required.

By knowing which of your electric motors needs maintenance, your work can be better planned, including spare parts ordering, people scheduling, and more.  In addition, what would have been "unplanned stops" in your plant operations are transformed into shorter and fewer "planned stops", thus increasing plant availability.

Other advantages of preventative maintenance within the context of your industrial electric motors can include:

  • Increased economic life
  • Increased plant safety
  • Optimized spare parts handling

At RSAW, we offer on-site Field Services testing that include Vibration Analysis, as well as dynamometer testing, thermography capability (hot spots), testing for thermal protectors and similar devices, winding resistance, meg-ohm-DC resistance, polarization index, High potential (Hipot), surge, and Motor Circuit Evaluation (MCE). 

To learn more about how you can lower your industrial electric motor maintenance costs and reduce potential down-time in your plants, or to schedule an RSAW Field Service appointment, Contact Us today and one of our Certified Experts will reach out to you.

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