Introduction to Machinery Vibrations


This course helps prepare attendees to perform a range of simple, single channel machinery vibration condition monitoring and diagnostic activities, is recommended for individuals as an introduction to machinery vibrations and is partial preparation for the Vibration Analyst Category I Certification Exam. The workshops and demonstrations, scheduled throughout the training course, are used to illustrate theory and applications.

All registered attendees in the Introduction to Machinery Vibrations training course receive the following:
·         Course Power Points 
·         Course Notes
·         Workshops containing examples, workshop problems and the Body of Knowledge found in ISO 18436-2 Annex A
·         Training course examination study guide
·         Calculator and a ruler
·         Certificate of completion (3.2 CEUs)

The IMV Training Course will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m. every day for four (4) days.

It is recommended that attendees review the Body of Knowledge found in ISO 18436-2 Annex A prior to the training course.
Registration Fee: $1,775 USD
(VI Members are entitled to a 10% discount off registration pricing.)

Dates & Locations:

November 13-16, 2017
San Francisco, CA


December 12-15, 2017
New Orleans, LA


March 5-8, 2018
Oak Brook, IL 


May 7-10, 2018
New Orleans, LA 


August 6-9, 2018
Indianapolis, IN 


December 3-6, 2018
San Diego, CA 



Course Content Includes:

Vibration: Sources, Uses, Effects
Background, definitions, sources, effects, uses, predictive maintenance, measurement concepts, equipment. 

Workshop I: Vibration Demonstrations and Workshop Questions
Introduction to Machinery Vibrations I
Physics, units, properties, measurement conventions, motions, amplitude, frequencies, time, frequency, and orbital domains.

Workshop II: Definitions, Terminology, Measurements, Demonstrations
Introduction to Machinery Vibrations II
Measures, conversions, analysis, excitation, natural frequencies, resonance, and critical speeds.

Workshop III: Measure Analysis, Natural Frequencies, and Demonstrations
Introduction to Data Collection
Physical observations, sensors, frequency spans, measures, triggering, sensor mounting and location, instruments.

Workshop IV: Data Collection Demonstration and Workbook Questions.
Introduction to Machine Knowledge
Fault sources, frequencies, design and function of machines.
Introduction to Vibration Testing
Periodic and permanent monitoring, machine analysis (fault and condition), acceptance testing.

Workshop V: Vibration Testing
Introduction to Spectrum Analysis
Frequency identification and matching and procedures.

Workshop VI: Spectrum Analysis and Demonstrations
Introduction to Common Machine Faults
Mass unbalance, misalignment, looseness, bearing defects, and electrical defects.

Workshop VII: Fault Analysis
Introduction to Vibration Severity
Criteria, procedures, charts on housings, shafts, and bearings.

Workshop VIII: Vibration Severity

Course Review

Training Examination on Course Content (One hour)

Training Examination Review 
Optional Certification Exam to be administered on the day AFTER the course.

Vibration Analyst Category I: $275
Vibration Analyst Category II: $300
Vibration Analyst Category III: $350
Vibration Analyst Category IV: $450
Balancing Field Specialist Exam: $275