Schedule of Events

DAY 1

PWS1: The A-Z of reliability - Understanding the key elements of a successful reliability program

Jason Tranter, Founder & CEO, Mobius Insitute

There is no doubt that condition monitoring provides many benefits; reduced costs, improved safety, increased production, and more. But there is a great deal more that can be achieved. Many of the faults detected with condition monitoring are avoidable. Our goal should be to eliminate the root causes of those faults. But that is easier said than done. This workshop will briefly discuss the benefits of reliability improvement over condition monitoring, explain the differences in the strategy, and then explain, in detail, how to make the transition. The topics will include:

  1. The difference between reliability improvement and condition monitoring
  2. The benefits of reliability improvement over condition monitoring
  3. Tier 1 reliability improvement: Taking a purely technical approach: shaft alignment, precision balancing, precision lubrication, improved maintenance practices, etc.
  4. Tier 2 reliability improvement: Improving work management and spares management
  5. Tier 3 reliability improvement: A step by step approach to gaining approval, changing the culture, gaining control over maintenance, and achieving best practice defect elimination, following a detailed roadmap
    1. Justifying and selling the reliability improvement program
    2. Proving the concept with pilot projects
    3. Developing a culture of reliability
      1. Engaging senior management to achieve top-down drive
      2. Engaging the “plant floor” to achieve bottom-up drive
      3. Engaging the operators in the reliability improvement process and to improve operating practices
    4. Breaking out of the reactive maintenance cycle
    5. Developing an asset management strategy
    6. Continuous improvement: measuring and reporting on the benefits of the program with KPIs and benchmarking

Jason Tranter (BE Hons) has been involved with condition monitoring and vibration analysis since 1984. In 1986 Jason formed his Australian company, ARGO, which was heavily involved in vibration monitoring and systems development. In 1990 he sold that company and the “ALERT” product line to DLI Engineering in Seattle (now AzimaDLI). Jason was in charge of product development, and later in charge of vibration products. In 1996 Jason returned to Australia and for the next three years he developed the ExpertALERT (EAV), DCX data collector, and DCX Online products for DLI Engineering. In 1999 Jason formed Mobius and began the development of the iLearnInteractive series of computer-based products for vibration and alignment training and analysis, including iLearnVibration, iLearnAlignment and Interpreter. These products have been used by thousands of people in over 90 countries to learn and become certified. Mobius was awarded the Victorian Regional Exporter of the year and was a finalist in the Australian Export Awards for 2007 and 2008. In 2005 Jason formed the “Mobius Institute” for expanded distance learning and public courses, and courses that comply with ISO and ASNT standards for certification. Mobius has offices in Australia, the United States and Costa Rica, and training centers in over 40 countries. In 2010 Jason formed the Mobius Institute Board of Certification, a not-for-profit organization to make it possible for vibration analysts anywhere in the world to achieve certification per ISO 18436-1. Jason has delivered technical papers around the world, and has had articles published in numerous international magazines and journals.

PWS1: The A-Z of reliability - Understanding the key elements of a successful reliability program

Jason Tranter, Founder & CEO, Mobius Insitute

There is no doubt that condition monitoring provides many benefits; reduced costs, improved safety, increased production, and more. But there is a great deal more that can be achieved. Many of the faults detected with condition monitoring are avoidable. Our goal should be to eliminate the root causes of those faults. But that is easier said than done. This workshop will briefly discuss the benefits of reliability improvement over condition monitoring, explain the differences in the strategy, and then explain, in detail, how to make the transition. The topics will include:

  1. The difference between reliability improvement and condition monitoring
  2. The benefits of reliability improvement over condition monitoring
  3. Tier 1 reliability improvement: Taking a purely technical approach: shaft alignment, precision balancing, precision lubrication, improved maintenance practices, etc.
  4. Tier 2 reliability improvement: Improving work management and spares management
  5. Tier 3 reliability improvement: A step by step approach to gaining approval, changing the culture, gaining control over maintenance, and achieving best practice defect elimination, following a detailed roadmap
    1. Justifying and selling the reliability improvement program
    2. Proving the concept with pilot projects
    3. Developing a culture of reliability
      1. Engaging senior management to achieve top-down drive
      2. Engaging the “plant floor” to achieve bottom-up drive
      3. Engaging the operators in the reliability improvement process and to improve operating practices
    4. Breaking out of the reactive maintenance cycle
    5. Developing an asset management strategy
    6. Continuous improvement: measuring and reporting on the benefits of the program with KPIs and benchmarking

Jason Tranter (BE Hons) has been involved with condition monitoring and vibration analysis since 1984. In 1986 Jason formed his Australian company, ARGO, which was heavily involved in vibration monitoring and systems development. In 1990 he sold that company and the “ALERT” product line to DLI Engineering in Seattle (now AzimaDLI). Jason was in charge of product development, and later in charge of vibration products. In 1996 Jason returned to Australia and for the next three years he developed the ExpertALERT (EAV), DCX data collector, and DCX Online products for DLI Engineering. In 1999 Jason formed Mobius and began the development of the iLearnInteractive series of computer-based products for vibration and alignment training and analysis, including iLearnVibration, iLearnAlignment and Interpreter. These products have been used by thousands of people in over 90 countries to learn and become certified. Mobius was awarded the Victorian Regional Exporter of the year and was a finalist in the Australian Export Awards for 2007 and 2008. In 2005 Jason formed the “Mobius Institute” for expanded distance learning and public courses, and courses that comply with ISO and ASNT standards for certification. Mobius has offices in Australia, the United States and Costa Rica, and training centers in over 40 countries. In 2010 Jason formed the Mobius Institute Board of Certification, a not-for-profit organization to make it possible for vibration analysts anywhere in the world to achieve certification per ISO 18436-1. Jason has delivered technical papers around the world, and has had articles published in numerous international magazines and journals.

DAY 2

WS1: Practical vibration analysis workshop: Interactive and challenging case studies (Full Day)

Scott Dow, Senior Instructor, Mobius Institute

The Practical Vibration Analysis workshop, presented by Scott Dow, will provide an opportunity to sharpen your diagnostic skills and strengthen your depth of knowledge. This is no ordinary conference workshop. You will be challenged. You will be made to think. And you will learn essential skills that all vibration analysts must have to confidently diagnose the trickiest fault conditions (that might otherwise leave you frustrated and even embarrassed). Rather than teaching you how to diagnose faults, you will actually try to diagnose faults yourself. You will either learn from your mistakes or gain confidence from your victories.

During the workshop you will be grouped in a small team of three vibration analysts and given access to a range of information and data. You can ask for additional information, and you can perform additional tests, but everything you do will cost “points”. The aim is for your team to solve each of the diagnostic challenges (while being coached by Scott) and “beat” the other teams.

Scott has years of experience in vibration analysis and training (he is a senior Mobius Institute instructor) and the case studies you will solve have been chosen to include a range of difficulties and applications. So whether you are Category I or Category IV, you will gain a lot from this workshop.

Unfortunately, space is strictly limited and the available places will be taken quickly, so please register soon.

Here are some testimonials from people have been through this experience previously (during our “Vibration Analyst Flight School” courses).

“Experience is the best teacher and this class provides the opportunity to gain experience and learn from mistakes without the pain of having to explain why you made those mistakes to upper management.”
Eugene Begley, Cat I

“There is nothing as valuable as learning from experience. Taking difficult problems, trying to solve them and then having someone walk you through the solution is priceless.”
Sheldon Bayles, Cat II

“This class was one of the best I’ve ever attended due to the practical, hands-on approach.”
Dan Fiscus, Cat III

A mechanical engineer by trade, Scott Dow has been working in the vibration world for over 25 years. During that time, he has worked extensively as a field analyst and as a trainer, teaching formal classes and also mentoring clients individually and in small groups. During the mid-90s, Scott developed an innovative training technique based on recreating interesting and educational case studies he had encountered. Students would receive the actual data to analyze and were free to request any field tests they thought would help them diagnose the problem, which eventually they would have to do in the form of a submitted report that was assessed in light of the actual (known) case fault(s). In practice, this method has proven to be highly successful, allowing students to bridge the divide between theory and successful application of that theory in identifying machinery faults. You can find this case study technique being used as an important part of Mobius’ new class on Time Waveform Analysis (TWA).

Scott currently owns his own business, CBM Consultants, with one of his primary duties being  the Principle Instructor for Mobius Institute North America. When he is not conducting Mobius classes, he continues to mentor both individuals and small groups with either on-site or remote support for database setup, building analysis skills, field testing and more.

AMWS2: Improving Electrical Reliability by Implementing a Motor Diagnostic and Testing Program

William Kruger, Technical & Training Coordinator, ALL-TEST Pro, LLC
Motor testing has long been considered a luxury or a waste of time and resources. After all, a motor either runs or it doesn’t. If it doesn’t run, a simple check of the winding continuity and the value of the insulation resistance to ground will determine the condition of the motor. Performing additional testing requires specialized & expensive testing equipment with highly trained personnel and provide limited success (identifying only approximately 10% of motor faults). These faults will reduce operating efficiency, machine life and increased maintenance costs. This workshop shows you how to use 2 field proven (MCA™ & ESA), easy to use, standardized techniques to identify all of the identifiable faults within a motor system. MCA™ uses a series of low voltage tests to fully excite the winding insulation systems while the motor or any winding system is de-energized. This makes MCA™ extremely useful in inspecting new and rebuilt motors to identify the 25 – 30% of the issues that are present in “New” motors, MCA™ also provides the only method for early detection of the winding system insulation breakdown. ESA uses the motors own operating voltage and current to identify existing and developing faults in the entire motor system,. ESA performs a simultaneous data capture of all three phases of voltage and current to create a power quality table that completely evaluates the condition of the motors electrical system. ESA also performs multiple FFT’s on captured voltage and current waveforms to identify mechanical or process faults the motor system. This workshop focuses on the ease in performing these tests as well as analyzing the results. The workshop will describe the various faults that can be detected using each of these techniques.

William Kruger joined ALL-TEST Pro, LLC as the Technical Manager in 2005. Since joining ATP, Bill has traveled the world teaching the Theory and Application of Motor Diagnostics, helping Fortune 500 Companies implement Predictive Maintenance Programs. In 2010 Bill’s proven instructional techniques earned him the new title of Training Technical Manager. Before joining ALL-TEST Pro, LLC Bill Kruger worked in many different aspects of the Engineering and Maintenance Fields. Bill worked as an Electrician in the US Navy Nuclear Submarine Program. He has completed the Journeyman Electrician Program and started one of the first Predictive Maintenance Programs in the Utility Industry. Bill Kruger holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from San Diego University. With his combined work in the field as well as with ALL-TEST Pro, Bill has over 40 years of proven experience in the practical engineering and predictive maintenance field.

AMWS3: One Vision, Multiple Technologies - How to Combine Condition Monitoring Techniques to Strengthen your Reliability Journey

Vibration screening is one of the most effective ways to detect and prevent equipment failure or downtime as well as identify early failure modes. Performing vibration analysis can be complex. Vibration analyzers typically require advanced training, third-party experts, or are too expensive to use on most equipment, leaving significant gaps in maintenance programs.

However, simplified vibration screening in combination with other types of portable and wireless condition monitoring can speed up a facility’s journey to reliability.

This workshop will discuss combining the multiple technologies, asset types, and tool selection which include the following:

  • Technologies: Mechanical, electrical and thermal
  • Asset types: Pumps, compressors, motors, turbines, fans, electrical panels, process equipment and HVAC systems
  • Tool Selection: Portable, wireless and software integration

This presentation will discuss how combined technologies will give you a complete for your preventive maintenance and reliability program.

PWS1: The A-Z of reliability - Understanding the key elements of a successful reliability program

Jason Tranter, Founder & CEO, Mobius Insitute

There is no doubt that condition monitoring provides many benefits; reduced costs, improved safety, increased production, and more. But there is a great deal more that can be achieved. Many of the faults detected with condition monitoring are avoidable. Our goal should be to eliminate the root causes of those faults. But that is easier said than done. This workshop will briefly discuss the benefits of reliability improvement over condition monitoring, explain the differences in the strategy, and then explain, in detail, how to make the transition. The topics will include:

  1. The difference between reliability improvement and condition monitoring
  2. The benefits of reliability improvement over condition monitoring
  3. Tier 1 reliability improvement: Taking a purely technical approach: shaft alignment, precision balancing, precision lubrication, improved maintenance practices, etc.
  4. Tier 2 reliability improvement: Improving work management and spares management
  5. Tier 3 reliability improvement: A step by step approach to gaining approval, changing the culture, gaining control over maintenance, and achieving best practice defect elimination, following a detailed roadmap
    1. Justifying and selling the reliability improvement program
    2. Proving the concept with pilot projects
    3. Developing a culture of reliability
      1. Engaging senior management to achieve top-down drive
      2. Engaging the “plant floor” to achieve bottom-up drive
      3. Engaging the operators in the reliability improvement process and to improve operating practices
    4. Breaking out of the reactive maintenance cycle
    5. Developing an asset management strategy
    6. Continuous improvement: measuring and reporting on the benefits of the program with KPIs and benchmarking

Jason Tranter (BE Hons) has been involved with condition monitoring and vibration analysis since 1984. In 1986 Jason formed his Australian company, ARGO, which was heavily involved in vibration monitoring and systems development. In 1990 he sold that company and the “ALERT” product line to DLI Engineering in Seattle (now AzimaDLI). Jason was in charge of product development, and later in charge of vibration products. In 1996 Jason returned to Australia and for the next three years he developed the ExpertALERT (EAV), DCX data collector, and DCX Online products for DLI Engineering. In 1999 Jason formed Mobius and began the development of the iLearnInteractive series of computer-based products for vibration and alignment training and analysis, including iLearnVibration, iLearnAlignment and Interpreter. These products have been used by thousands of people in over 90 countries to learn and become certified. Mobius was awarded the Victorian Regional Exporter of the year and was a finalist in the Australian Export Awards for 2007 and 2008. In 2005 Jason formed the “Mobius Institute” for expanded distance learning and public courses, and courses that comply with ISO and ASNT standards for certification. Mobius has offices in Australia, the United States and Costa Rica, and training centers in over 40 countries. In 2010 Jason formed the Mobius Institute Board of Certification, a not-for-profit organization to make it possible for vibration analysts anywhere in the world to achieve certification per ISO 18436-1. Jason has delivered technical papers around the world, and has had articles published in numerous international magazines and journals.

WS1: Practical vibration analysis workshop: Interactive and challenging case studies (Full Day)

Scott Dow, Senior Instructor, Mobius Institute

The Practical Vibration Analysis workshop, presented by Scott Dow, will provide an opportunity to sharpen your diagnostic skills and strengthen your depth of knowledge. This is no ordinary conference workshop. You will be challenged. You will be made to think. And you will learn essential skills that all vibration analysts must have to confidently diagnose the trickiest fault conditions (that might otherwise leave you frustrated and even embarrassed). Rather than teaching you how to diagnose faults, you will actually try to diagnose faults yourself. You will either learn from your mistakes or gain confidence from your victories.

During the workshop you will be grouped in a small team of three vibration analysts and given access to a range of information and data. You can ask for additional information, and you can perform additional tests, but everything you do will cost “points”. The aim is for your team to solve each of the diagnostic challenges (while being coached by Scott) and “beat” the other teams.

Scott has years of experience in vibration analysis and training (he is a senior Mobius Institute instructor) and the case studies you will solve have been chosen to include a range of difficulties and applications. So whether you are Category I or Category IV, you will gain a lot from this workshop.

Unfortunately, space is strictly limited and the available places will be taken quickly, so please register soon.

Here are some testimonials from people have been through this experience previously (during our “Vibration Analyst Flight School” courses).

“Experience is the best teacher and this class provides the opportunity to gain experience and learn from mistakes without the pain of having to explain why you made those mistakes to upper management.”
Eugene Begley, Cat I

“There is nothing as valuable as learning from experience. Taking difficult problems, trying to solve them and then having someone walk you through the solution is priceless.”
Sheldon Bayles, Cat II

“This class was one of the best I’ve ever attended due to the practical, hands-on approach.”
Dan Fiscus, Cat III

A mechanical engineer by trade, Scott Dow has been working in the vibration world for over 25 years. During that time, he has worked extensively as a field analyst and as a trainer, teaching formal classes and also mentoring clients individually and in small groups. During the mid-90s, Scott developed an innovative training technique based on recreating interesting and educational case studies he had encountered. Students would receive the actual data to analyze and were free to request any field tests they thought would help them diagnose the problem, which eventually they would have to do in the form of a submitted report that was assessed in light of the actual (known) case fault(s). In practice, this method has proven to be highly successful, allowing students to bridge the divide between theory and successful application of that theory in identifying machinery faults. You can find this case study technique being used as an important part of Mobius’ new class on Time Waveform Analysis (TWA).

Scott currently owns his own business, CBM Consultants, with one of his primary duties being  the Principle Instructor for Mobius Institute North America. When he is not conducting Mobius classes, he continues to mentor both individuals and small groups with either on-site or remote support for database setup, building analysis skills, field testing and more.

PMWS4: Ultrasound Guided Condition Based Lubrication Advanced Solutions

Haris Trobradovic, Training Manager, SDT International

Workshop explains positive impact of Condition Based Lubrication supported by Ultrasound technology. From starting point of Lubrication practices where nothing or only copy/paste time based lubrication is done, we need to recognize the deficiencies of that kind of approach, understand where do they come from and , finally, what are the consequences. Once that step is done, solution must be found and put in place. Ultrasound supported Condition Based Lubrication offers an answer to proper bearing greasing practice, but not only that. It has a huge impact to whole lubrication strategy and activities of Condition Monitoring team as well. Those positive impacts can be seen only if a proper, modern, comprehensive solution is implemented, and in a right way. This workshop is offering an answer to those challenges.

Haris Trobradović is a Level 2 certified ultrasound inspector with 20 years’ experience in product design and set-up. As a Certified Reliability Leader (CRL) Haris understands the interconnectivity between asset condition management and an effective reliability culture. Active in more than 40 countries, Haris helps implement ultrasound programs in all types of industry. Proud member of SDT team.
When Haris is not abroad supporting customer’s reliability programs, he lives in Croatia with his wife and two sons.

PMWS5: An introduction to flexible rotor balancing

Jason Tranter, Founder & CEO, Mobius Insitute

Flexible rotors behave differently to rigid rotors and are typically associated with the plant’s most critical assets so it is therefore critically important that you understand how these rotors should be balanced. The workshop will begin with a complete explanation of what it means to be a “flexible” rotor, and what the mode shapes look like. A quick recap of the key measurements will also be provided: phase measurements, orbit plots, Bode plots and polar plots. One of the key concepts (and the one that confuses most people) will be explained; phase lag and the relationship between the “high spot” and “heavy spot”. But rest assured that we will use all of our famous animations and simulations that will make all of these concepts easy to understand. With the fundamentals clearly understood, we will get into the balancing process itself. After a recap of the basic concepts of single & two-plane balancing, and static-couple balancing, we will dive deeper into modal balancing of flexible rotors.

 
In summary, the workshop will cover:
1. Flexible rotors critical speeds and mode shapes
2. Phase, orbits, Bode plots and polar plots
3. High spot/heavy spot (phase lead/lag)
4. Brief recap of static/couple unbalance and single/two plane balancing
5. Static-couple balancing
6. Modal balancing
7. The use of low and high-speed balancing machines

Jason Tranter (BE Hons) has been involved with condition monitoring and vibration analysis since 1984. In 1986 Jason formed his Australian company, ARGO, which was heavily involved in vibration monitoring and systems development. In 1990 he sold that company and the “ALERT” product line to DLI Engineering in Seattle (now AzimaDLI). Jason was in charge of product development, and later in charge of vibration products. In 1996 Jason returned to Australia and for the next three years he developed the ExpertALERT (EAV), DCX data collector, and DCX Online products for DLI Engineering. In 1999 Jason formed Mobius and began the development of the iLearnInteractive series of computer-based products for vibration and alignment training and analysis, including iLearnVibration, iLearnAlignment and Interpreter. These products have been used by thousands of people in over 90 countries to learn and become certified. Mobius was awarded the Victorian Regional Exporter of the year and was a finalist in the Australian Export Awards for 2007 and 2008. In 2005 Jason formed the “Mobius Institute” for expanded distance learning and public courses, and courses that comply with ISO and ASNT standards for certification. Mobius has offices in Australia, the United States and Costa Rica, and training centers in over 40 countries. In 2010 Jason formed the Mobius Institute Board of Certification, a not-for-profit organization to make it possible for vibration analysts anywhere in the world to achieve certification per ISO 18436-1. Jason has delivered technical papers around the world, and has had articles published in numerous international magazines and journals.

DAY 3

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1S1: Case Study: Assessing the vibration behaviour of generator stator end windings

Olivier le Fevere de ten Hove, Vibrations, Mechanics & Monitoring Engineer, ENGIE Laborelec

The stators of large generators in electric power stations are equipped with end windings that connect the stator to the electric grid and guide the generated stator current through the generator. These end windings frequently exhibit white dusting and greasing at various locations during outage inspections.
The main contributor to this early ageing, as often pinpointed by the maintenance companies, is the local presence of vibrations, caused by a combination of complex electromagnetic and mechanic forces (Lorentz forces, Maxwell forces, thermal forces). The assessment of the vibration behaviour of generator stator end windings requires a perfect comprehension of the present forces and how they generate the vibrations.
Laborelec developed a methodology to assess the vibration sensitivity and behaviour of generator stator end windings. The methodology consists of three steps: visual evaluation, offline assessment of the vibration sensitivity and online monitoring of the vibration behaviour. The visual inspection will map the locations where damage is present and will identify what mechanism will most likely generate this damage, related to vibrations or to other causes. Then the offline assessment is performed by means of impact testing with the application of specific experimental modal analysis techniques on the impact test results. This assessment will reveal which vibration mechanism is potentially present and generating the damage. If a vibration suspicion is confirmed, one can install an online vibration monitoring system. The online monitoring is performed with specific instrumentation combined with signals from critical generator process parameters and focusing on specific frequencies. Combining these three techniques, it is possible to have a full assessment of the vibration behaviour and to validate the presence of vibrations as main contributor to the early ageing of the generator stator end windings.

Olivier le Fevere de ten Hove, 36 years old, is an expert in vibrations and mechanics of large power generation turbines. He has more than 10 years of experience in vibration analysis and vibration troubleshooting. Next to permanent monitoring, he has specialized in specific vibration testing (impact testing, modal analysis, operational deflection shape measurements) using various equipment. He has also conducted trim balancing operations on various turbine types. He has specialized in the dynamic behaviour of generator stator end windings and has been involved in several root cause analysis cases. Since 2007, he has conducted several studies related to generator stator end windings issues, in Europe and in the Middle East.

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3S1: Why Condition Monitoring is so important in the digital era

Francisco Ballesteros, Director, Preditec

The world is moving ahead due to ideas or concepts in fashion, like Safety, Energy Efficiency, Asset Management and now Industry 4.0. In the last decade of last century, condition monitoring developed mainly because some new highly interested about technology engineers invested in “magic” devices that could help for machinery diagnosis. From a few years ago, everything changed because companies’ management took their responsibility on asset management.  Now Condition Monitoring seems to be important because this concept is part of Industry 4.0 wave, but Condition Monitoring should be important because it is essential for maintenance optimization as established in ISO 55001 standard.

New concepts like Integration, Machine Learning, IIoT, Cloud, Remote Monitoring &Automatic Diagnostics… have been included as users demands as if it were completely brand new concepts but the truth is that some of them had been running in some markets for years, so there is a real background to be exploited. In a few years, Condition Monitoring will be expanded for general use, unmanned and reliable.

Mechanical Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain). Professor of the Mobius Institute, collaborator in two Masters of Maintenance in the universities of Seville and the Polytechnic of Catalonia and in other courses for Industry. Predictive Vibration Analyst Category III (ISO18436-2) and CRL. He has worked in the area of predictive maintenance since 1997, where he has developed diagnostic work, design of monitoring systems, implementation of the predictive strategy in industrial plants and training from companies like SKF, BKVibro and Preditec. He has carried out projects in collaboration with the main companies in the electrical, petrochemical, paper, cement, metalworking and other sectors … He has also participated as a speaker in several national and international industrial maintenance conferences such as IMC (USA), PRECONLUB (Mexico), Reliability 2.0 (USA), Lubmat, AEM, AEC… Juan Carlos Gal

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4S1: A roadmap strategy for implementing an effective reliability improvement initiative

Jason Tranter, Founder & CEO, Mobius Institute

Most maintenance, reliability, and production/operations people understand the value of reliable assets. And countless organizations have attempted to utilize condition monitoring and reliability improvement techniques to achieve reliable, dependable assets. But what percentage of those programs achieve the benefits they set out to achieve? How many of those programs are still active five years after their establishment? Sadly, the answer is precious few… Unfortunately, too many organizations either take a piecemeal approach, with a smattering of the “obvious elements” that are discussed at most conferences (CBM, RCM, PMO, RCA, etc.), or they have no real plan, or they fail to achieve any improvement in the “culture of reliability” – or all of the above. In this presentation, Jason will briefly recap why so many programs fail to achieve the desired benefits and then outline a step-by-step strategy for implementing the program. Every stage, step, and milestone has defined goals – skip them at your peril! In this 45-minute session, it will not be possible to explain every step (and very few of the milestones), but it will, at the very least, provide an opportunity to reflect on why your program may not be achieving its stated goals, and it will certainly provide a roadmap for those just getting started with a new reliability-improvement initiative.

Jason Tranter (BE Hons) has been involved with condition monitoring and vibration analysis since 1984. In 1986 Jason formed his Australian company, ARGO, which was heavily involved in vibration monitoring and systems development. In 1990 he sold that company and the “ALERT” product line to DLI Engineering in Seattle (now AzimaDLI). Jason was in charge of product development, and later in charge of vibration products. In 1996 Jason returned to Australia and for the next three years he developed the ExpertALERT (EAV), DCX data collector, and DCX Online products for DLI Engineering. In 1999 Jason formed Mobius and began the development of the iLearnInteractive series of computer-based products for vibration and alignment training and analysis, including iLearnVibration, iLearnAlignment and Interpreter. These products have been used by thousands of people in over 90 countries to learn and become certified. Mobius was awarded the Victorian Regional Exporter of the year and was a finalist in the Australian Export Awards for 2007 and 2008. In 2005 Jason formed the “Mobius Institute” for expanded distance learning and public courses, and courses that comply with ISO and ASNT standards for certification. Mobius has offices in Australia, the United States and Costa Rica, and training centers in over 40 countries. In 2010 Jason formed the Mobius Institute Board of Certification, a not-for-profit organization to make it possible for vibration analysts anywhere in the world to achieve certification per ISO 18436-1. Jason has delivered technical papers around the world, and has had articles published in numerous international magazines and journals.

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1S2: Case Study: How Newkirk effect was detected during high vibration problem solving

Maciej Kloch, Diagnostic Team Manager, Grupa Azoty Prorem

Case study analysis of a 3 types Newkirk effects from 2 machines.

On 2 steam turbine Newkirk effect was detected during high vibration problem solving.

In 1st example there was a critical vibration level exceeded and machine was triped out from operation on protection system. This example was not obvious as during visual inspections there was no signs of rubbing. Further diagnostics was showing higher energy on 1x and polar plot supervision revealed one point friction on one side of shaft characteristic for Newkirk effect called hot spot. Thermal shaft bending process was then detected and proper diagnosis could been placed.

In example 2 in 17 MW turbine Newkirk effect detected on polar plot was periodical in 24 h cycles. It was possible to register 2 h spiral vibration effect in that process caused by oil carbonisation in high temperature. Leakage from steam pointed on oil sealing was burning additives in oil and effected in rubbing of the shaft from formed structures.

Graduated vibrodiagnostics in 2005 at AGH University in Poland. Since then involved in vibration analysis with plenty of real life examples mainly from Chemical industry. Currently Manager of 25 people predictive maintenance team with vibroacoustic, technical control, NDT lab. Modal analysis expert with proven experience and B&K certificate. Personal interest in new methods of proactive maintenance.

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2S2a: (20 min.) Case Study - Hot restart high vibration on centrifugal compressor

Charles Cottin, Rotating Equipment Engineer, Shell

Clipper is one of the gas producing platform in the UK waters. The platform features two low-pressure compressors that have been known to cause difficulties on start-up. Often Operations would report failed starts on gearbox vibration. These compressors are driven via a speed increasing gearbox. The compressor has no axial thrust bearing and as a result thrust force has to be transmitted to the gearbox thrust bearing via a rigid coupling.
Vibration data was collected during several start-ups, showing failed starts present high synchronous vibration and all characteristics of shaft unbalance. During normal operations and cold starts the compressor present very low vibration.
A detailed analysis using nyquist plots allowed the analyst to understand how unbalance was changing at every start. A hot restart profile (vibration severity per start from first failed start) was also built, which helped understanding what conditions would make the compressor move from a failed hot restart to a successful start-up.
After ruling out looseness and rotor sag, attention was given to external factors. These were listed and their influence tested in the field during a test campaign.
It was found that vibration is mainly affected by leaving the rotor idle in hot gas. A secondary factor was the influence of cold nitrogen injection in seal gas cavity. While more intrusive solutions were possible and considered, the problem was solved by a combination of control changes which allowed the platform to save several days of lost production per year.

Charles Cottin graduated from Cranfield University with a Masters in Rotating Machines Engineering and Management. He has worked for Total (France), NAM (The Netherlands) and Shell UK in the selection, maintenance and troubleshooting of various rotating equipment. His specialties include maintenance optimisation, root-cause analyses and troubleshooting of performance and vibration issues. He is a Vibration Analyst level III and an MIMechE chartered engineer.

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3S2: (90 min.) Visualizing vibration - Using phase to diagnose faults that you would miss with spectra alone

Dean Whittle, Reliability Maintenance Solutions

The vibration spectrum is an excellent tool for detecting and diagnosing faults in rotating machinery.  But in truth it only tells part of the picture, whereas conducting a full phase analysis can go a long way in completing the picture allowing us to confirm vibration analysis problems. It is therefore essential that all vibration analysts understand how to correctly measure and interpret phase data.

We’ll begin by explaining how phase readings can be measured using single-channel and two channel vibration analyzers, as well as with a strobe. We’ll then move on to describing a series of fault conditions that can be diagnosed and confirmed with phase analysis techniques.  We will then look at how traditional VA phase techniques can be enhanced by conducting more detailed measurements that allows us to truly visualize how the machine/structure/system is moving, thereby providing evidence for root cause analysis of machine failure modes.

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4S2: How One Crazy Dancing Guy Can Change a Reliability Culture

Mark Barnes, Vice President, Des-Case Corporation

Maintenance and reliability improvements are simple; at least in theory!   But where most organization go off track is not in the strategy but in the execution.  Execution is where the rubber meets the road and can mean the difference between short term gains or a long term paradigm shift in an organization reliability culture.  The key to cultural change in not so much the methodology but the need for a champion lead and drive organizational change.  A champion is a combination of project manager, cheerleader and business analyst – in short, a crazy dancing guy!  Attend this session to learn the common traits that every champion has and learn some of the tried and tested strategies these leaders have used that have helped numerous organization change the way they think, act and feel about maintenance and reliability.

Mark Barnes serves as Vice President of the Des-Case Reliability Services team. In this role, Mark and his team of lubrication experts help educate end-users on the value of precision lubrication to asset reliability and provide support to help asset intensive company’s change the way they perform lubrication.

Prior to joining Des-Case, Mark was Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Noria Corporation with complete responsibility for all lubrication and oil analysis training and consulting activities. Mark has been an active consultant and educator in the maintenance and reliability field for 23 years and has worked with clients around the world to design and implement lubrication improvement plans. Mark is a frequently invited speaker at maintenance conference around the globe and has won awards for his ability to inspire companies to change the way they think, act and feel about lubrication.

Mark holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from The University of Southampton, UK and is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) from SMRP (Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals).  His list of current and former clients includes ExxonMobil, Chevron, Citgo, Cargill, International Paper, EDF, Heinz, Georgia Pacific, Coors, Southern Power, Alcoa, General Mills, Kellogg, Weyerhaeuser, Nissan and Lubrizol.

2S2b: (20 min.) Case Study - Solving chronic misalignment problem starting by vibration analysis

Mina Shenouda, Reliability Manager, PPTotal

This case study show that the vibration analysis is not a tough rules that have to be applied without thinking.
In this case study, the vibration analyst start to apply a root cause analysis depending on vibration survey history and watching previous machine behavior.
Yes, Misalignment is a typical rotating machine problem , but this case is new that: the cause of the driver/driven misalignment is something unexpected.
To solve this problem, not only the CM and maintenance teams are involved but as well the operation and instrumentation team have an important role to eliminate this problem to happen again.

Mina Samir Fahim Shenouda (Cat IV vibration Consultant)
BSC. Mechanical engineering Ain Shams University /cairo/Egypt (2006)
Predictive maintenance Engineer at Helwan Fertilizers Company since 2006
Vibration consultant at El-Salam workshop for Balancing since 2008
Predictive maintenance Manager at Helwan Fertilizers Company since 2011
founder for PPTotal Company for industrial services since 2013
International vibration consultant with Vibration institute since 2015
Candidate in Certification committee in the Vibration institute since 2016
Consultant for Petroleum companies (OGS agent) since 2017

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2S3: Shaft alignment fundamentals - 5-step alignment procedure

Mikael Terner, Manager, Easy-Laser AB

Shaft alignment is often overlooked in the maintenance process. It is something that is done in a hurry, just before you have to start up the equipment again with the production manager breathing down your neck. Yet poor alignment is responsible for over 50% of all failures in rotating machinery.
Even though shaft alignment is so important to the whole maintenance process there are seldom written down guidelines and procedures for alignment.
In this presentation we will present the shaft alignment fundamentals and teach the 5-step alignment procedure. If correctly followed you will increase your success rate in alignment and improve on your equipment’s up time.

Mikael Terner holds a B.Sc. in Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Before joining Easy-Laser AB he was active in the light metal industry working on large casting automation projects.
Mikael has been with Easy-Laser since 2011 in a technical sales role. In his role he has had the opportunity to travel worldwide and work with a whole host of different industries. Anywhere from Nuclear Powerplants to bakeries!

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3S2: (90 min.) Visualizing vibration - Using phase to diagnose faults that you would miss with spectra alone

Dean Whittle, Reliability Maintenance Solutions

The vibration spectrum is an excellent tool for detecting and diagnosing faults in rotating machinery.  But in truth it only tells part of the picture, whereas conducting a full phase analysis can go a long way in completing the picture allowing us to confirm vibration analysis problems. It is therefore essential that all vibration analysts understand how to correctly measure and interpret phase data.

We’ll begin by explaining how phase readings can be measured using single-channel and two channel vibration analyzers, as well as with a strobe. We’ll then move on to describing a series of fault conditions that can be diagnosed and confirmed with phase analysis techniques.  We will then look at how traditional VA phase techniques can be enhanced by conducting more detailed measurements that allows us to truly visualize how the machine/structure/system is moving, thereby providing evidence for root cause analysis of machine failure modes.

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4S3: Case Study - Implementation of a World Class Reliability Programme at a Tyre Plant

Angus Macdonald, Director, Lubrication Engineers International Ltd

The global engineering team of a multinational tyre company had established a Lubrication System Standard for all their manufacturing plants around the world. However, in South Africa their local lubricant supplier was unable to provide the service & support that was required to implement a best practice lubrication reliability programme. Instead, LE South Africa was therefore authorised to work with the plant to devise & then implement a full programme of correct lubricant storage & handling which included colour coding, labels, dedicated filter carts as well as Xclude Dessicant Breathers and Xpel Oil Containers.

Angus has worked for LE for more than 13 years in a variety of marketing & sales roles and is currently based in the UK. He is responsible for a cross-section of LE International’s distributors around the world ranging from: Australia to the Ukraine – spending time training new technical consultants and visiting a wide variety of LE customers in the field. Angus also plays an active part in LE’s OEM liaison – particularly with key gearbox & open gear manufacturers.

His Lubricant Industry Qualifications include:
ICML Machinery Lubrication Technician I & II
ICML Machinery Lubrication Analyst I
STLE Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS)

1S3b: (20 min.) Case Study: Detecting Vortex Rope in a Francis Turbine Operating at Partial Load

Emre Orhon, Mechanical Engineer, Pro-Plan Ltd.

The dynamic behavior at part load has been a major problem for low head and medium head Francis turbines. Vortex rope (draft tube swirl), caused due to the flow instabilities in the draft tube under off-design part load operating conditions, create low frequency pressure pulsations at a frequency of 0.2 to 0.4 times the rotational frequency of the runner. High amplitude vibrations due to resonance can occur in case these pulsations coincide with the natural frequency of a hydraulic, mechanical, or structural component. This study presents the results of the vibration analysis done using the online vibration monitoring & diagnosis system installed on 2 x 63 MW Francis turbines in a hydroelectric power plant located in south east of Turkey which involve high overall vibrations exceeding the alarm limits at partial loads. Orbit and FFT spectrum plots are obtained from relative shaft vibration measurements performed using eddy-current displacement sensors wired to a real-time multichannel vibration analyzer. Measurement results at the turbine guide bearing revealed the vortex rope phenomenon between 40% and 65% loads.

Emre Orhon was born in İstanbul, Turkey, in 1978. He received the B.E. degree in mechanical engineering and the M.Sc. degree in machine dynamics, vibration & acoustics from İstanbul Technical University, in 1999 and 2009, respectively. From the same university he also received the M.A. degree in musical composition from Center for Advanced Studies in Music, in 2002. He holds Vibration Analyst Cat-II certificate. Since 2000, he has been with Pro-Plan Ltd., Istanbul, Turkey, where he is currently working as a senior engineer on condition monitoring & vibration analysis. He worked as a project manager in online vibration monitoring system installation projects in various power plants and conducted many lectures on machine vibration diagnostics in Turkey.

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1S4: Time Waveform Analysis

Scott Dow, Senior Instructor, Mobius Insitute

All vibration data begins as a digitized time sample – the “raw data”. Despite that, many analysts limit themselves by failing to develop a thorough understanding of the various aspects of the TW plot, aspects that range from proper setup (the technical details and how they relate to spectrum) to analysis (understanding what you are seeing) and diagnosis (relating it back to the machine). While the FFT is a powerful tool and the resulting spectrum remains our “go to” plot for analysis, the fact of the matter is that the FFT has weaknesses that make certain types of faults more difficult – even virtually impossible – to assess. Many of these are the very same faults that are easiest to analyze using the TW – once you understand it!
This presentation will begin by using case study examples comparing TW and spectral data for known faults that show you the necessity of utilizing the TW plot (or missing a severe fault) before a brief primer on understanding the TW setup, including the “2.56” relationship between the TW and spectrum settings and some practical tips to being successful.

A mechanical engineer by trade, Scott Dow has been working in the vibration world for over 25 years. During that time, he has worked extensively as a field analyst and as a trainer, teaching formal classes and also mentoring clients individually and in small groups. During the mid-90s, Scott developed an innovative training method based on recreating interesting and educational case studies he had encountered. Students would receive the actual data to analyze and were free to request any field tests they thought would help them diagnose the problem. Originally called InterActive Training when it was introduced, the cases have recently been updated and the classes are now being offered by Mobius as Analyst Flight School.
Scott currently owns his own business, CBM Consultants, with one of his primary duties being a Senior Instructor for the Mobius Institute N.A. When he is not conducting Mobius classes, he continues to mentor both individuals and small groups with either on-site or remote support for database setup, building analysis skills, field testing and more.

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2S4a: (20 min.) Case Study - Low speed bearing vibration monitoring application in wind turbines

Sophie Zieba, Product Manager, CETIM

The onshore and offshore wind market is growing rapidly. Maintenance costs of wind energy systems are still high. Business operators are demanding solutions to reduce those costs. To address these technological challenges, an endurance test bench has been developed, reproducing the kinematics of a wind turbine on a reduced scale. This test bench was designed to create a progressive natural degradation of the main mechanical components of the drive train. Several sensors have been installed (vibration, currents, voltage, speed, temperature, forces, torques). During endurance testing, time data were recorded and analyzed, in order to determine the most effective methods for the detection of defects and to estimate the remaining life of the components. As an example, a focus on results on wind turbine main bearing monitoring is presented. Methods of detection of bearing defects are known and proven, but may not work applied to slow speed shaft.

Sophie SIEG-ZIEBA graduated, more than 20 years ago, from University of Technololgy of Compiegne (France) as Mechanical Engineer, specialized in Acoustics and Vibrations. She then received a PhD in System Control, focusing on signal processing and data analysis for monitoring in industrial applications.

She is currently working as a project manager at CETIM (Technical Center for Mechanical Industries), in the Noise and Vibrations Department. Her main fields of experience are machine diagnosis and monitoring based on vibration analysis, dynamic analysis of machines, condition monitoring and signal processing. At CETIM she is in charge of research projects, consulting activities and continuous training for industrial. She is also involved in standardization, as French representative in the ISO TC 108/SC5 committee, dealing with condition monitoring.

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3S3: Prescriptive oil analysis

Mark Barnes, Vice President, Des-Case Corporation

Used properly, oil analysis is an invaluable window into a plant’s lubrication practices. But all too often, the prescriptive value of oil analysis is diminished because simple activities that oil analysis may point to can’t be executed because we haven’t taken the time to establish the fundamentals of an effective lubrication program. In this session, we’ll look at the some of the common problems highlighted by oil analysis and explain how to develop lubrication policies, procedures and metrics to maximize the prescriptive value of your oil analysis program.

Mark Barnes serves as Vice President of the Des-Case Reliability Services team. In this role, Mark and his team of lubrication experts help educate end-users on the value of precision lubrication to asset reliability and provide support to help asset intensive company’s change the way they perform lubrication.

Prior to joining Des-Case, Mark was Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Noria Corporation with complete responsibility for all lubrication and oil analysis training and consulting activities. Mark has been an active consultant and educator in the maintenance and reliability field for 23 years and has worked with clients around the world to design and implement lubrication improvement plans. Mark is a frequently invited speaker at maintenance conference around the globe and has won awards for his ability to inspire companies to change the way they think, act and feel about lubrication.

Mark holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from The University of Southampton, UK and is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) from SMRP (Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals).  His list of current and former clients includes ExxonMobil, Chevron, Citgo, Cargill, International Paper, EDF, Heinz, Georgia Pacific, Coors, Southern Power, Alcoa, General Mills, Kellogg, Weyerhaeuser, Nissan and Lubrizol.

2S4b: (20 min.) Case Study - Best Practice in gearbox monitoring

Jos Sas, Product Manager, Allied Reliability Group

Vibration monitoring on gearboxes is not obvious. Brand new gearboxes do have vibrations. Therefor putting alarm detection based on overall vibration levels often leads to false alarms or missed fault detection. Implementation of an automatic alarming can therefor be quite challenging. Best practice monitoring techniques will be presented based on synchronous averaging techniques and confidence factor illustrated with a case-studies on extruder/gearbox.

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1S5: (90 min.) Getting the best out of diagnostics plots from online vibration monitoring system

Subba Rao Ganti, CME, QG

Turbo machinery health evaluation through vibration analysis is a challenge. If an online vibration monitoring system is available for the machinery health evaluation, then adequate understanding of the various plots is very essential for correct diagnosis of the vibration problem.

This presentation shall get in to the details of various plots (Trend, Bode, Polar, Waterfall, Cascade and Shaft Centerline plots) available for diagnosis, their configuration, interpretation and evaluation to identify the cause of high vibration.

Vibration data plots from a couple of problematic turbo machinery shall reveal the process of plot configuration, interpretation and evaluation of the machine condition.

Graduate in Mechanical Engineering (1983) from JNT University, Hyderabad, India. A Category IV Vibration Analyst (Certified by the Vibration Institute, USA). 32 years of work experience of which 27 years is in vibration analysis of rotating equipment of Oil & Gas, Petrochemical and Power Industries.

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2S5: HD Technology - Following bearing damage in a gearbox for 32 months

Tim Sundstrom, Manager of Strategic Sales & Application, SPM Instrument

Following a bearing defect from stage 1 to stage 3 on a mine-hoist gearbox.  The presentation will cover the basic concept of HD Technology and how the HD technology can extend the pre-warning time dramatically. A mine hoist is a mission critical application in underground mining and the challenge to measure bearing condition is the low RPM (52 RPM) and the limited measuring time window (120 seconds). An innovative tool to show information from several thousand spectrums in one picture will be demonstrated among other advanced tools.

Tim Sundström, born 1964 in Sweden, has a M.Sc. degree in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from Linköping University, Sweden. For over twenty years, he has been specializing in electronics development and has held managerial positions in the field since 1992. In 2001, he joined SPM Instrument as head of Research and Development, where he has been deeply involved in SPM HD development and field evaluations.

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3S4: Case Study - Detection of root cause of unplanned plant shutdowns with online condition monitoring

Pierre Colon, Product Director, I-care

After several unplanned outages during a period of less than 45 days of the two redundant turbo-pumps in a big chemical plant in Belgium, Emerson and local reliability partner I-Care where contacted in order to propose a solution. Since these pumps are having a crucial impact on the production throughput of the plant, the case had to be handled with highest priority and precision. In order to make a suitable solution we advised to execute locally a root cause analysis test with the Emerson portable online analyzer. By the results of this analysis the root cause of the unplanned failures was uncovered. The combination of certain process circumstances and the product quality itself where causing at certain moments heavy cavitation with high vibrations, serious wear-out and integrity distortion at both pumps as result. Based on this analysis, the company decided to install a fixed online condition monitoring system of Emerson to have better insights and control of their process circumstances in order to avoid abnormal ware of their critical turbo-pumps.

Pierre Colon is a Mechanical Engineer and has a master degree in Total Quality Management. He’s working in reliability and Predictive Maintenance for 10 years. He was used to work on the field and was a vibration and thermographic analyst. Then he took care of training and support in I-Care and became the product director for the whole group in 2012.

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4S5: Selling reliability to senior management

Jason Tranter, Founder & CEO, Mobius Insitute

Reliability improvement programs can deliver tremendous benefits to all industry, but unless you have the complete support of senior management the program will not be successful. In fact, if you don’t have support, the program may never get started, and existing programs may suddenly be shut down. But how do you gain, and maintain, that support? Can you just provide examples of what other companies and industries have achieved? Can you explain “industry best practice” and what “world class” maintenance looks like? Can you explain the “common sense” benefits of reliability improvement? No, that will not work. In this presentation, Jason will explain:

 
1. Very briefly, what the benefits are
2. Why you need their support
3. How to put a value on reliability based on the organization’s unique business situation
4. How to quantify the value and present it as a business case
5. How to prove the case with pilot projects
6. And how to maintain the support on an on-going basis

Jason Tranter (BE Hons) has been involved with condition monitoring and vibration analysis since 1984. In 1986 Jason formed his Australian company, ARGO, which was heavily involved in vibration monitoring and systems development. In 1990 he sold that company and the “ALERT” product line to DLI Engineering in Seattle (now AzimaDLI). Jason was in charge of product development, and later in charge of vibration products. In 1996 Jason returned to Australia and for the next three years he developed the ExpertALERT (EAV), DCX data collector, and DCX Online products for DLI Engineering. In 1999 Jason formed Mobius and began the development of the iLearnInteractive series of computer-based products for vibration and alignment training and analysis, including iLearnVibration, iLearnAlignment and Interpreter. These products have been used by thousands of people in over 90 countries to learn and become certified. Mobius was awarded the Victorian Regional Exporter of the year and was a finalist in the Australian Export Awards for 2007 and 2008. In 2005 Jason formed the “Mobius Institute” for expanded distance learning and public courses, and courses that comply with ISO and ASNT standards for certification. Mobius has offices in Australia, the United States and Costa Rica, and training centers in over 40 countries. In 2010 Jason formed the Mobius Institute Board of Certification, a not-for-profit organization to make it possible for vibration analysts anywhere in the world to achieve certification per ISO 18436-1. Jason has delivered technical papers around the world, and has had articles published in numerous international magazines and journals.

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1S5: (90 min.) Getting the best out of diagnostics plots from online vibration monitoring system

Subba Rao Ganti, CME, QG

Turbo machinery health evaluation through vibration analysis is a challenge. If an online vibration monitoring system is available for the machinery health evaluation, then adequate understanding of the various plots is very essential for correct diagnosis of the vibration problem.

This presentation shall get in to the details of various plots (Trend, Bode, Polar, Waterfall, Cascade and Shaft Centerline plots) available for diagnosis, their configuration, interpretation and evaluation to identify the cause of high vibration.

Vibration data plots from a couple of problematic turbo machinery shall reveal the process of plot configuration, interpretation and evaluation of the machine condition.

Graduate in Mechanical Engineering (1983) from JNT University, Hyderabad, India. A Category IV Vibration Analyst (Certified by the Vibration Institute, USA). 32 years of work experience of which 27 years is in vibration analysis of rotating equipment of Oil & Gas, Petrochemical and Power Industries.

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2S6: Aligning rollers using space technology

Dragutin Lacko, Technical Manager, PRUFTECHNIK NV

Parallelism of rollers has gained importance since the production speed of different kinds of sheet materials has been continuously increased in order to raise the production volume.
Classical alignment methods, especially optical measurement systems have been significantly improved but are still very time consuming and limited by the necessity of a line of sight.
Best results, both in quality and speed of alignment are obtained using a combination of high accuracy navigation gyroscopes and advanced optical measurement systems.

Born in Zagreb (Croatia) in 1957, Dragutin Lacko graduated in 1980 in Antwerp. Since 1990 he is involved in condition monitoring, laser optic shaft alignment and geometrical alignment. In the beginning his main occupation was selling measurement systems, giving technical support to customers and training users. Today he uses his experience to support the service department of PRUFTECHNIK N.V. and gives training sessions in shaft alignment and geometrical alignment.

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3S5: Case Study - Is video amplification real?

Dennis Swanepoel, Lead Technician , Wearcheck

This presentation examine two case studies where video amplification was used and then the data was compared to traditional Operational Deflection Shape analysis. In the analysis of the two cases one can see the correlation between the two technologies and also why you would choose the one technology above the other.

During the process of collecting the data all experience is shared so that any aspiring condition monitoring technician can know what to expect and also make an informed choice of the best technology for a specific condition monitoring problem.

The systems that were used in this case study was
Video Amplification:      Iris M Motion Amplification system
ODS Data Capture:         CSI 2140 dual channel analyzer
ODS Animation:              MEScope

I started my career attaining my National Diploma(S4) in Mechanical Engineering and becoming a Performance and Testing Technician in the Power Generation Industry. I have been in the field of Condition Monitoring for past 16 years. Starting out as an apprentice I managed to improve my knowledge in condition monitoring in various industries and becoming involved in training. In my first years in condition monitoring I managed to be certified by Technical Associates as a trainer for their courses and started specializing in ODS and Modal Analysis. I have worked in various industries and are qualified in Vibration, Thermography and Oil analysis. I also specialize in operational Deflection shape analysis. Currently my main duties is shared between starting up new service contracts, Special Investigations, Training (Mobius Training Partner)
Industries that I have worked in include Power Generation, Coal Mining, Platinum/chrome refinery and mining, Waste Water Treatment, Food, Paper and Sugar Mills. My most recent achievement was to pass the Mobius CAT IV course and starting up two service contracts in the Power Generation Industry that include vibration, thermography, oil analysis, alignment.

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KN2: The future of vibration monitoring and analysis - Will computers take your job?

Jason Tranter, Founder & CEO, Mobius Insitute

Jason Tranter (BE Hons) has been involved with condition monitoring and vibration analysis since 1984. In 1986 Jason formed his Australian company, ARGO, which was heavily involved in vibration monitoring and systems development. In 1990 he sold that company and the “ALERT” product line to DLI Engineering in Seattle (now AzimaDLI). Jason was in charge of product development, and later in charge of vibration products. In 1996 Jason returned to Australia and for the next three years he developed the ExpertALERT (EAV), DCX data collector, and DCX Online products for DLI Engineering. In 1999 Jason formed Mobius and began the development of the iLearnInteractive series of computer-based products for vibration and alignment training and analysis, including iLearnVibration, iLearnAlignment and Interpreter. These products have been used by thousands of people in over 90 countries to learn and become certified. Mobius was awarded the Victorian Regional Exporter of the year and was a finalist in the Australian Export Awards for 2007 and 2008. In 2005 Jason formed the “Mobius Institute” for expanded distance learning and public courses, and courses that comply with ISO and ASNT standards for certification. Mobius has offices in Australia, the United States and Costa Rica, and training centers in over 40 countries. In 2010 Jason formed the Mobius Institute Board of Certification, a not-for-profit organization to make it possible for vibration analysts anywhere in the world to achieve certification per ISO 18436-1. Jason has delivered technical papers around the world, and has had articles published in numerous international magazines and journals.

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1S6: Controlling vibration with tuned mass dampers

Jason Tranter, Founder & CEO, Mobius Insitute

Jason Tranter (BE Hons) has been involved with condition monitoring and vibration analysis since 1984. In 1986 Jason formed his Australian company, ARGO, which was heavily involved in vibration monitoring and systems development. In 1990 he sold that company and the “ALERT” product line to DLI Engineering in Seattle (now AzimaDLI). Jason was in charge of product development, and later in charge of vibration products. In 1996 Jason returned to Australia and for the next three years he developed the ExpertALERT (EAV), DCX data collector, and DCX Online products for DLI Engineering. In 1999 Jason formed Mobius and began the development of the iLearnInteractive series of computer-based products for vibration and alignment training and analysis, including iLearnVibration, iLearnAlignment and Interpreter. These products have been used by thousands of people in over 90 countries to learn and become certified. Mobius was awarded the Victorian Regional Exporter of the year and was a finalist in the Australian Export Awards for 2007 and 2008. In 2005 Jason formed the “Mobius Institute” for expanded distance learning and public courses, and courses that comply with ISO and ASNT standards for certification. Mobius has offices in Australia, the United States and Costa Rica, and training centers in over 40 countries. In 2010 Jason formed the Mobius Institute Board of Certification, a not-for-profit organization to make it possible for vibration analysts anywhere in the world to achieve certification per ISO 18436-1. Jason has delivered technical papers around the world, and has had articles published in numerous international magazines and journals.

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2S7: Ultrasound can assist your diagnosis

Tom Murphy, Corporate Training Manager, SDT Ultrasound Solutions

The ability to record and listen to high frequency sound both in the air and through solids and to do so with virtually no influence the vibration levels present, gives Ultrasound a unique ability to provide additional information about the behavior of a component in a machine.

This presentation draws on case histories from numerous industries and countries to show how Ultrasound has proved invaluable in assisting the Vibration Analyst to find defects in bearings in otherwise challenging conditions, couplings, gearboxes, pumps and lubrication.

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3S6a: (20 min.) Case Study - Condition Monitoring based on motor current signature analysis

Aurore De Becker, Research Engineer, Siemens Belgium

Motor Current Signature Analysis (MCSA) is more and more used as Condition Monitoring technique to detect faults in induction motors. It has proven to be reliable to diagnose problems such as broken rotor bars, short circuit in stator windings or eccentricity in the air gap. However, the diagnosis of mechanical faults such as bearing faults is still under investigation and not considered as reliable. MCSA technique represents a big potential in the industry since currents are often already measured in a drive system. It can be used as complimentary technique to vibration analysis or allows condition monitoring where a permanent vibration system is not applicable. The present work aims at comparing the fault diagnosis performances of monitoring systems based on accelerometers, external current transducers and current measurements from an inverter. Methods such as demodulated spectrum, time-frequency diagram, Park and Concordia patterns are used to make the fault visible. Features are then computed from these diagrams to be able to follow trends. Machine learning approaches are also investigated. Different test rigs are used to produce data with induced faults. Some opportunities to perform measurements on the field are also in perspective for the year 2018.

Aurore holds a M.Sc. degree in Electromechanical Engineering from University of Brussels since 2014. She oriented her carrier towards condition-based maintenance after performing a three-month internship at I-Care and a master thesis about condition monitoring of wind turbines. Today she works as research engineer at Siemens Belgium and is involved in an IWT project about multi-sensing condition monitoring of industrial cranes.

3S6b: (20 min.) Case Study - Wind turbine data analysis for condition monitoring

Hugo Fanlo Virgos, Analyst, EDP Renewables

Wind turbines are costly systems which make use of a great deal of technology in order to transform the energy from the wind into electric energy. Since green certificates provided by governments were shut down the need for reducing extra costs was increased in all areas, including of course, maintenance. Whereas the current trend is to use vibration monitoring systems to assess the health status of the turbine, other techniques as wear debris monitoring or SCADA-based predictive tools should not be underestimated. Furthermore, each of these techniques have their own strengths. And while by separate each of them provide value, combining them will provide the best results.

Hugo Fanlo Virgós is an Analyst at Performance Management department in EDP Renewables since 2015, where he designs, develops and makes use of different tools aimed at improving the power generation of wind turbines. Graduated from the University of Oviedo in 2004, with a master degree in Chemistry and a PhD from the University of Groningen, he is currently interested in predictive maintenance including software-based condition monitoring tools, vibration monitoring and oil analysis.

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1S7: Case Study - High Performance Engine Oil & Xamine Oil Analysis Programme: see how it saved money and increased production

Angus Macdonald, Director, Lubrication Engineers International Ltd

A large mine site was interested in being able to dramatically increase production by safely extending the engine oil drain intervals for their fleet of Komatsu 930E dump trucks. Each truck was having to change its engine oil every 250 hours and it meant many hours of lost downtime each & every month due to the 8 hours for the oil change.  In order to successfully extend the Komatsu drain intervals they partnered with their engine supplier and a lubrication reliability company – the latter who could provide a high performance, heavy duty diesel engine oil as well as a comprehensive Xamine Oil Analysis Programme. The results of the trial were extraordinary.

Angus has worked for LE for more than 13 years in a variety of marketing & sales roles and is currently based in the UK. He is responsible for a cross-section of LE International’s distributors around the world ranging from: Australia to the Ukraine – spending time training new technical consultants and visiting a wide variety of LE customers in the field. Angus also plays an active part in LE’s OEM liaison – particularly with key gearbox & open gear manufacturers.

His Lubricant Industry Qualifications include:
ICML Machinery Lubrication Technician I & II
ICML Machinery Lubrication Analyst I
STLE Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS)

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2S8: HD Technology - A low RPM case, 3 years pre-warning time

Tim Sundstrom, Manager of Strategic Sales & Application, SPM Instrument
In this case study we will follow a bearing from the earliest damage indication to a severe damage during three years. The presentation will cover the basic concept of HD Technology and how the HD technology can extend the pre-warning time dramatically.
The bearing is rotating continuously with a relatively low speed (16 RPM). The presented application is from a fertilizer plant and is one of the absolutely most critical application found in this operation. An innovative tool to show information from several hundred spectrums in one picture will be demonstrated among other advanced tools.

Tim Sundström, born 1964 in Sweden, has a M.Sc. degree in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from Linköping University, Sweden. For over twenty years, he has been specializing in electronics development and has held managerial positions in the field since 1992. In 2001, he joined SPM Instrument as head of Research and Development, where he has been deeply involved in SPM HD development and field evaluations.

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3S7a: (20 min.) Case Study - Improvement of fault diagnosis for bearing by means of broadband ultrasound

Peter Holstein, Strategic Development, SONOTEC Ultraschallsensorik Halle GmBH

Current standard ultrasound instruments enable users the access to relatively simple parameters such as level measurements by means of narrow-band sensors and analogue electronics. This limits the informative value of ultrasound technology since the most physical processes generate ultrasound in a broad frequency range. The limitation of narrow frequencies prevents fails in some cases because of changed frequency distributions. Frequency variations are caused by changed operation, wear of surfaces and consequently of the friction, fluid turbulences and other. The extension of the accessible frequency – enabled by means of a new sensor technology – provides (in combination with advanced signal processing) improved detection of faults and unusual operation conditions.
The improved ultrasound technology will exemplified for roller bearings with increasing amount of damage.

Prof. Dr. Peter Holstein, born in 1956, received his degree in Physics in 1982 and his Dr. rer. nat. from the University in Leipzig. As researcher in Polymer Physics and Nuclear Magnetic Resonace, he was working in Leipzig and on some postdoc positions in Prague, Durham(UK)(DFG scholarship 1994/95- visiting R.K. Harris) and Tokyo (The Centenary Grant 2000″ des Tokyo Institute of Technology) and publishing many articles in that fields.
After working for some years as head R&D in a company for acoustical measurement equipment, he founded a Steinbeis-Transferzentrum (STZ “Technical Acoustics and applied Numerics”) in 2005.
In 2004, he became a Honorary Professor for “Technical Acoustics” at the Technical University of Ilmenau (Germany), where he is teaching several subjects around acoustics, materials and signal processing.
Project work on materials at the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft , 2006-07,  extended his expertise to material mechanics.
In 2008, he joined the company “Ultraschallsensorik Halle GmbH”, where he is heading the Strategic Development of the Company.
He is currently working on topics such as applications of state-of-the-art signal processing, sensor applications (mainly ultrasonics) and technical acoustics.

3S7b: (20 min.) Case Study - Bearing defects caused by electricity. New methods to detect electric problems in machines

Harald Reiners, Manager Condition Monitoring Services, FAG Industrial Services

A large number of bearing defects is caused by electrical problems. In many cases these bearing defects show typical signs like riffles in the outer race. But new studies show that electrical influence can also be a trigger for white etching cracks (WEC). A phenomena which can lead to an early bearing defect and can only be detected in a laboratory with complex methods.
There are many studies about current problems due to vfd driven motors. The protection of the bearings in electric motors is often done by isolating one bearing or by using shaft grounding methods. But who is taking care of gear boxes, main bearings in windturbines or other drives? How is it possible to detect if there is any current source which can lead to current flow through a bearing and hence to a early bearing defect..
This presentation will show new measurement methods to detect critical electric situation in machines. Measurements which can be done from outside of motors, large bearings like main bearings on wind turbines, paper machines … as well as from inside of gear boxes and several other machines.

Harald Reiners, born 1966 in Germany, got his training as an electronic engineer. After that he worked in a computer company for 14 years as the head of the hardware department. 2002 he joined the condition monitoring group of FAG Industrial services as a field service engineer which he is now leading for 9 years. As a level III certified specialist he did condition monitoring in several industries as wind power, marine, oil and gas, paper and steel. Additionally, he worked as a trainer and developed several special condition monitoring hardware and solutions.

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1S8: Digitalisation of vibration based Condition Monitoring

Alain Naets, General Manager, PRUFTECHNIK NV

Asset monitoring with vibration analysis is experiencing an accelerated development due to several catalytic factors. Installations are increasingly interconnected by industry standard TCP/IP based networks. Transmission speeds for wireless data is increasing. Digital storage and bandwidth becomes cheaper. Intuitive and mobile tablets and smartphones connect technicians to their plants through apps. New techniques such as data mining, deep learning and analytics enable us to plough through enormous amounts of data and extract patterns and relations that were invisible in the past.

This session illustrates with practical examples how these new technologies will empower technicians and engineers to efficiently assess the health of rotating equipment and how they will boost the effectiveness of the vibration analyst.

Remote access; let the data travel
Powerful automation techniques in combination with modern network capabilities allows us to monitor several production units from one central location. Furthermore, automation and digitalisation releases the analysts from unproductive and repetitive tasks. The result? More time for what really matters: analysing machinery issues and formulating solutions to eliminate the root causes of problems.

The end of closed system architectures
A connected infrastructure taps into more data sources than the vibration readings alone. We need all relevant parameters to normalize readings and a correct contextual alarm interpretation. Here we enter the field of IIoT connecting all ‘things’. We access relevant information without having to generate all of it. The power of digitalisation and the usage of new pattern recognition techniques will only work with open system architectures. Processed vibration data must be accessible by analytics and data mining engines. Dashboards and cloud based software must interact with data from different sources.

As the industrial internet of things is developing, machines will communicate with each other without human intervention. This does not mean that technicians will become obsolete. By using human skills that are difficult to automate and combine these with analytic engines and processing features of advanced soft- and hardware systems, we will harvest the full power of condition monitoring as never before while making the analyst’s job more efficient and meaningful.

Alain Naets started his career in condition monitoring and vibration analysis in 1993 and holds a master’s degree in industrial electro mechanic engineering from Groep-T (now KU Leuven University) in Belgium. In 1995, together with a colleague, he established PRUFTECHNIK NV, the Belgian/Dutch subsidiary of PRÜFTECHNIK AG, a leading German manufacturer of condition monitoring and industrial laser alignment systems. Between 1999 and 2003 Alain was in charge of the development of Condition Monitoring activities within the international PRÜFTECHNIK AG network. He gave product and technology trainings for PRÜFTECHNIK personnel worldwide. Since 2003 he is general manager of PRUFTECHNIK NV in Antwerpen and Rotterdam. Since then he has been leading the implementation of large on- and offline condition monitoring projects in the industry, marine and offshore segments. He is a Mobius institute certified ISO Category IV vibration analyst since 2014. That year he also established the Marine and Offshore competence centre for the PRÜFTECHNIK Group and he is a member of the Mobius Institute Board of Certification who issues the accreditations for the ISO 18436-2, Categories 1 to 4 certificates. He is the author of papers and articles about condition monitoring, vibration analysis and recently digitalisation and remote diagnostics within the condition monitoring sector. He teaches ISO accredited Mobius courses (level 1, 2 and 3) and acts as a visiting lecturer at the universities of Ghent and Leuven. Alain is involved in the development process of new generations of condition monitoring systems and software within the PRÜFTECHNIK Group.

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2S9: (90 min.) Tried and tested tube mill monitoring

Dennis Swanepoel, Lead Technician , Wearcheck

The focus is on tube mills used for coal milling in the power generation industry. The drive train typically consist of: Motor (>2MW), Gearbox (>8Ton), Girth Gear(>7meter) driving a tube mill with a >70ton ball load. Power generation losses typically amount to 135MW if the mills are shut down unexpectedly.

The presentation combine over 10 years of experience in the field of Tube Milling applications, highlighting various special methods in the fields of; Oil Analysis, Vibration Analysis, Advanced Signal Processing, Operational Deflection Shape analysis, Thermal Analysis, Operational Visual inspections

There will be some specifics regarding the advances in the condition monitoring field and how it affected the analysis process.

I started my career attaining my National Diploma(S4) in Mechanical Engineering and becoming a Performance and Testing Technician in the Power Generation Industry. I have been in the field of Condition Monitoring for past 16 years. Starting out as an apprentice I managed to improve my knowledge in condition monitoring in various industries and becoming involved in training. In my first years in condition monitoring I managed to be certified by Technical Associates as a trainer for their courses and started specializing in ODS and Modal Analysis. I have worked in various industries and are qualified in Vibration, Thermography and Oil analysis. I also specialize in operational Deflection shape analysis. Currently my main duties is shared between starting up new service contracts, Special Investigations, Training (Mobius Training Partner)
Industries that I have worked in include Power Generation, Coal Mining, Platinum/chrome refinery and mining, Waste Water Treatment, Food, Paper and Sugar Mills. My most recent achievement was to pass the Mobius CAT IV course and starting up two service contracts in the Power Generation Industry that include vibration, thermography, oil analysis, alignment.

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1S9: Case Study - How to perform condition monitoring of rotating machinery when the speed fluctuates

Fred Kihm, Product Manager, Hbm Prenscia

Like all other areas of our lives, technology and its creative use is revolutionizing the world of vibration analysis. This presentation will consider some of those recent developments, specifically on the latest advancements in how data is collected, analyzed and reported on back to the customer. Wireless sensors, Cloud-based data storage and algorithm-based analysis tools provide an efficient and effective predictive maintenance service to a customer, allowing customers with little or no vibration knowledge to utilize vibration analysis effectively.

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2S9: (90 min.) Tried and tested tube mill monitoring

Dennis Swanepoel, Lead Technician , Wearcheck

The focus is on tube mills used for coal milling in the power generation industry. The drive train typically consist of: Motor (>2MW), Gearbox (>8Ton), Girth Gear(>7meter) driving a tube mill with a >70ton ball load. Power generation losses typically amount to 135MW if the mills are shut down unexpectedly.

The presentation combine over 10 years of experience in the field of Tube Milling applications, highlighting various special methods in the fields of; Oil Analysis, Vibration Analysis, Advanced Signal Processing, Operational Deflection Shape analysis, Thermal Analysis, Operational Visual inspections

There will be some specifics regarding the advances in the condition monitoring field and how it affected the analysis process.

I started my career attaining my National Diploma(S4) in Mechanical Engineering and becoming a Performance and Testing Technician in the Power Generation Industry. I have been in the field of Condition Monitoring for past 16 years. Starting out as an apprentice I managed to improve my knowledge in condition monitoring in various industries and becoming involved in training. In my first years in condition monitoring I managed to be certified by Technical Associates as a trainer for their courses and started specializing in ODS and Modal Analysis. I have worked in various industries and are qualified in Vibration, Thermography and Oil analysis. I also specialize in operational Deflection shape analysis. Currently my main duties is shared between starting up new service contracts, Special Investigations, Training (Mobius Training Partner)
Industries that I have worked in include Power Generation, Coal Mining, Platinum/chrome refinery and mining, Waste Water Treatment, Food, Paper and Sugar Mills. My most recent achievement was to pass the Mobius CAT IV course and starting up two service contracts in the Power Generation Industry that include vibration, thermography, oil analysis, alignment.

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3S9: Benefits of a risk based approach to condition monitoring

Matthew Moore, Global Subject Matter Expert - Condition Monitoring, Petrofac

Many condition monitoring programmes do not deliver their full potential due to a lack of focus regarding the equipment surveyed or prioritisation of maintenance. A common mistake is being over ambitious when implementing the programme, typically including too many equipment items which may become impractical or have diminishing returns. Adopting a risk based strategy ensures time and resources are focused where most beneficial to plant operation and safety to bring the greatest return on investment.

This presentation will introduce how criticality analysis can be utilized in setting up your condition monitoring programme and henceforth applied dynamically to prioritize maintenance. It will also introduce the concept of risk based compliance and how this can be turned into a primary key performance indicator for any condition monitoring programme.

Matthew has extensive experience implementing vibration monitoring programmes and developing global guidance documents and condition monitoring strategies for the oil and gas industry. He is also the designer of CBMnet; Petrofac’s bespoke condition monitoring risk based reporting and information management system, which has been implemented on over 100 facilities in some of the remotest locations around the world.

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1S10: (90 min.) Visualizing vibration - Using phase to diagnose faults that you would miss with the spectra alone

Dean Whittle, Managing Director, Reliability Maintenance Solutions

The vibration spectrum is an excellent tool for detecting and diagnosing faults in rotating machinery.  But in truth it only tells part of the picture, whereas conducting a full phase analysis can go a long way in completing the picture allowing us to confirm vibration analysis problems. It is therefore essential that all vibration analysts understand how to correctly measure and interpret phase data.

We’ll begin by explaining how phase readings can be measured using single-channel and two channel vibration analyzers, as well as with a strobe. We’ll then move on to describing a series of fault conditions that can be diagnosed and confirmed with phase analysis techniques.  We will then look at how traditional VA phase techniques can be enhanced by conducting more detailed measurements that allows us to truly visualize how the machine/structure/system is moving, thereby providing evidence for root cause analysis of machine failure modes.

Mr. Dean Whittle is the founder and managing director of Reliability Maintenance Solutions (RMS) Ltd. based in the United Kingdom. During Mr. Whittle’s more than 36-year career he has held various roles in electro/mechanical engineering ranging a five-year apprenticeship through various shop floor/field services roles to district manager for a world-leading supplier of Reliability-Based and Condition-Based Maintenance products and services. During the past twenty-five years he has been committed to implementing plant reliability and condition monitoring improvement programs throughout UK industry; covering power, paper, petro-chemical, pharmaceutical, automotive, quarries, film/plastic, food, electronic, service and engineering manufacturing industries.

Mr. Whittle shares his expertise as an approved trainer for both the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) and Mobius Institute ISO-18436 accreditation programmes, and as a speaker at a number of conferences.

Additionally, Mr. Whittle is an active member in a number of accredited institutes and committees:

  • ISO TC108 / SC5 Condition Monitoring & Diagnostics of Machine Systems
  • Mobius Institute Board of Certification (MIBoC) Technical Committee
  • The British Institute of NDT Council Member
  • The British Institute of NDT Condition Monitoring Technical Committee
  • The British Institute of NDT Vibration Analysis Working Group
  • British Standards Institute – BSi Technical sub-committee GME/21/5 – Mechanical vibration and shock and Condition monitoring – Vibration of machines

British Standards Institute – BSi Technical sub-committee GME/21/7 Mechanical vibration and shock and Condition monitoring – Condition monitoring.

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3S10: Case Study - Condition monitoring at sea or remote places

Menno van de Beek, Director, DB Asset Services

We, as a company, make ourselves strong to make CM reliable and cost efficient. Most of the measurements we take and analyses are on board of sea going vessels. There we see 3 main challenges compared to the ‘conventional industry’.

1. To make it cost efficient. It costs a lot for our customer to travel all around the globe to visit vessels. Therefore we have trained the crew to take the measurements and placed measurement plates on all critical and/or expensive installations.
2. On vessels vibrations interfere. Especially on dredging and off-shore vessels, high powered installations are close to each other and create ‘noise’ for the measurements. We frequently see peaks from other installations in the spectra we are analyzing.
3. Variable load. Dredgers have cycles between 2 and 6 hours. That means; sailing time, dredging, dumping, pumping etc. Therefore the operational parameters preferably have to be the same while analyzing. In the practice, this is not always possible. So we have to deal with this. We will show our method.
4. Data is created more and more. To send this data from vessels to the shore is a real challenge. Possibilities exists through satellite connections, but these are very expensive. Also ship owners do not like the idea of leaking data.

After graduating Mechanical engineering, Menno van de Beek started his career at a big ship yard in the Netherlands. The main role was to organize and executed service jobs for big sea going dredge vessels. In this world one thing is for sure. Everything gets broken. A good way to get familiar with the equipment on board. Eventually this resulted in a move to the diagnostic department of the yard. From that position he and co-founder Laurens Stigter started Doctor Bibber Asset Services in 2012. DB Asset Services is specialized and dedicated to perform, train and advice everything that has to do with condition monitoring. Most of her clients are big vessel owner active in dredging, offshore and gas carriers. The more ‘complex’ vessels. The companies main goal is: to get all the installations, that can get broken and causes downtime, measurable and predictable.

Interactive Forum / Closing / Giveaways

Even though you can ask questions at the end of each presentation, there is nothing like an open discussion with your peers and the presenters of all of the sessions. Ask any question. Join in with the discussion. You may have an answer that will help someone else. In past conferences, attendees often get as much value from these open discussion forums as they do from the presentations themselves. If you don’t feel comfortable asking a question with the microphone, you can do it through the conference app anonymously. Either way, this is a great opportunity to have those nagging questions answered once and for all.