Machinery Vibration Analysis


Machinery Vibration Analysis - CAT III


This course provides more in-depth discussions of time waveforms, FFT’s and phase analysis techniques for the evaluation of industrial machinery. It includes waveform and spectral analysis, acceptance testing, machinery severity assessment, single plane balancing and much more. This course provides 38 hours of training and partial preparation for the ISO 18436-2:2014 Vibration Analyst Category III Certification Exam.

Columbus, Ohio - June 14th-18th

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MVA provides in-depth discussions on time waveforms, FFT’s, phase and orbit analysis techniques for the evaluation of industrial machinery. This course is partial preparation for the Vibration Analyst Category III Certification Exam.
It includes ten chapters covering:

Principles of Vibration


The Physical Nature of Vibration, Vibratory Motion, Degrees of Freedom, Measures & Magnitudes, Relationships of Displacement, Velocity and Acceleration.

Data Acquisition Procedures


Accelerometers, Velocity Sensors, Proximity Probes, Encoders, Signal Conditioning, Triggering and Calibration.

Signal Processing


Instrumentation, Digital Signal Processing, Resolution, Dynamic Range, Demodulation, Data Displays.

Time Waveform Analysis


Signal Processing and Presentation, Phase Measurement and Analysis, Harmonic Relationships, and Time Waveform Shape Analysis.

Frequency and Phase Analysis


Frequency Analysis, Beats, Orders, Nonsynchronous Frequencies, Resonance, Sidebands, Modulation and Spectral Shapes.

Orbit Analysis and Shaft Centerline Position


Orbital Construction, Orbital Timing, Orbital Analysis, Centerline Position, and Case Histories.

Machine Testing


Concepts, Mode Shapes, Shaker Excitation, Impact Testing, Damping, Amplification and Critical Speed Testing.

Balancing of Rotating Machinery


Mass Unbalance, Force, Single Plane Balancing, Critical Speeds, Trial Weights, Pitfalls, One Shot Methodology, and Four Run Method.

Condition Monitoring and Evaluation


Machine Knowledge, Types Of Monitoring, Route Based, Permanent Monitoring, Protection, Screening and Trending.

Machine, Components, and Potential Fault Frequencies


common or shared fault frequencies, fluid film bearings, rotors, rolling element bearings, gearboxes, motors, generators, pumps, fans, compressors, belt and roll frequencies.

There is a twelve-question multiple choice workshop supporting each chapter. The student will be provided 30 minutes for each workshop to test their knowledge and understanding of the material presented for that chapter. The instructor will then review the workshop with the class. The student’s time and understanding of the workshop materials will aid them in their preparation for the certification exam.

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The cancellation of and transfer to a training course within the same calendar year will be honored, provided that written notification is received by the Institute office via e-mail or mail no later than ten (10) business days before the first day of the scheduled course. If registration for a training course is cancelled without transfer to another course within the same calendar year, a $250 cancellation fee will be assessed. A $500 administrative fee will be charged for cancellations received less than ten (10) days from the start date of the registered training course. Additional cancellation fees will be applied for exam cancellations. Absentees for the course will not receive a refund. This cancellation policy supersedes all prior published information.