Our mission is to disseminate practical information on evaluating the behavior and condition of machinery without commercial interest.
About the Vibration Institute
At the Vibration Institute, our mission is to disseminate practical information on evaluating the behavior and condition of machinery without commercial interest.
The Institute offers a variety of programs, including education, training, certification, and opportunities for technical knowledge exchange. Our members share information, procedures, and cutting-edge data through formal training, networking, meetings, and publications.
If you would like to join our network of esteemed colleagues, improve your skills, and expand your education in the study of machine vibrations, get in touch and get started as a member.
The Vibration Institute’s commitment to the study of machinery began over four decades ago. Our founder, Michael Blake of Lovejoy, Inc., envisioned an organization where scientists, engineers, and other professionals from a broad cross-section of industries could come together to exchange information about measuring and analyzing machinery vibration.
The Institute has executed its mission statement by providing membership, training, and certification of vibration measurement and analysis personnel according to ISO/ANSI procedures.
Michael P. Blake organized a small symposium sponsored by Lovejoy for exchanging information about the techniques used to measure vibration.
Pat Hennessey, then President of Lovejoy, assumed the responsibility and expense of legally incorporating the not-for-profit Vibration Foundation.
The Foundation was reorganized into the Vibration Institute. Pat Hennessey, Mike Blake, Charlie Jackson and Ron Eshleman were among the original Board of Directors.
In April 1993 the Institute developed and implemented the Vibration Specialist Category I Examination (current Vibration Analyst Category II examination), the Vibration Specialist Category II Examination (current Vibration Analyst Category III examination), and the Vibration Specialist Category III Examination (current Vibration Analyst Category IV examination).
In January 2003 the Institute converted the certification examinations to align with ISO 18436-2. The Institute developed and implement the Vibration Analyst Category I examination.
In July 2005 the Institute developed and implemented the Balancing Technician Specialist Category I Examination.
In August 2008 the Institute developed and implemented the Shaft Alignment Specialist Category II Examination.
On March 4, 2010, the Vibration Institute received accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for the Institute’s Vibration Analyst Certification Program.