Cat 1 Vibration Analysis Training / HOUSTON, TX

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Cat 1 Vibration Analysis Training / HOUSTON, TX

October 15 - October 18


The Category 1 vibration analysis training course is intended for those who are new to machinery vibration analysis. It is appropriate for people who are involved in vibration analysis as well as for those who wish to gain awareness of the technology. Whether you are or will be collecting and analyzing data, managing people who collect vibration data or simply want to understand what vibration is all about, this course is for you!

This course meets and exceeds the requirements for ISO 18436-2. The course duration is 3 days with an optional 2 hour multiple choice certification exam on Day 4.

Vibration Analysis Training Cat 1

Maintenance Practices

  • Reactive maintenance
  • Run to Failure maintenance
  • Preventive (calendar based) maintenance
  • Predictive (condition based) maintenance
    • RCM / FMECA
    • P-F Interval
    • Key performance indicators
    • Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE)
  • Proactive (reliability centered) maintenance
    • What causes machines to fail?
  • Using criticality analysis and FMECA to define condition monitoring program

Condition monitoring technologies: Acoustic emission (ultrasound)

  • What is ultrasound?
  • How is ultrasound measured? (airborne, structure-borne)
  • What can you find with ultrasound?
  • How to detect air and steam leaks
  • Acoustic emission and electrical faults
  • Acoustic emission and bearing lubrication
  • How can it be used to detect bearing faults?
  • How does it compare to vibration analysis?

Infrared (IR) Thermography

  • What is thermography?
  • Detecting faults in mechanical and electrical equipment
  • Emissivity. Accuracy of the measurements
  • How can measurements be misinterpreted?
  • Key qualities of thermal imaging cameras

Used oil analysis

  • Common tests: viscosity, cleanliness, particle count etc
  • Collecting good samples

Wear particle analysis (Ferrography)

  • How is it different from used oil analysis?
  • What mechanical faults can you find?

Electric Motor testing

  • Motor current signature analysis (MCSA)
  • Electrical signal analysis (ESA)
  • Motor circuit analysis (MCA)
  • Vibration analysis of motors (introduction)

Principles of vibration

  • Introduction to vibration/ Overview
  • What is it? How is it measured? What can it find?
  • Amplitude: RMS, peak and peak-peak
  • Frequency Hz, CPM, Orders
  • Phase: What is it? How is it measured? What is it used for?
  • Units of vibration (displacement, velocity, acceleration)
  • ISO RMS overalls and alarms
  • Complex vibration, Time waveform
  • Introduction to the vibration spectrum and FFT
  • Benefits of the spectrum
  • Forcing frequencies introduction
  • Orders and order normalization
  • Calculating forcing frequencies, relating vibration to machine components
  • Intro to resonance

Data acquisition

  • How is vibration measured?
  • Sensor types: Proximity probes, velocity probe, accelerometer, MEMs sensors, wireless sensors
  • Where to take readings on the machine and why it matters
  • Mounting the accelerometer
  • Dealing with difficult situations
  • Test point naming conventions
  • Vibration routes: Downloading and following routes
  • Field observations and defect detection
  • Recognizing bad data (and getting good data)

Signal processing

  • How does your analyzer work?
  • What are the common settings you need to be aware of?
  • Fmax, lines of resolution (LOR), Averaging, ICP power etc.
  • Importance of test configuration

Vibration analysis

  • How to analyze vibration spectra
  • Data presentation
  • Intro to trending and alarms

Fault Diagnosis

  • Diagnosing common machine faults
  • Unbalance, Misalignment, Looseness, Rolling element bearing wear, Electric motor faults, Pumps, fans and compressor faults, Belts and gearbox faults etc.

Setting alarms

  • ISO standards for setting alarms; use and limitations
  • Mask Alarms, Band alarms etc.

Vibration Analysis Training Instructor—The Guru of Vibration

Alan Friedman, Founder and CEO of Zenco—Vibration Experts, is an ISO-18436-2 Category IV Certified Vibration Analyst, CRL and CRMP with over 30+ years of experience in machinery condition monitoring.

Alan is the author of Audit It! Improve it: Getting The Most From Your Vibration Analysis Program which looks at condition monitoring from a program management perspective. The book takes you step by step through an easy to understand process of auditing and improving your vibration monitoring program to make sure it not only gives you the financial benefits you deserve but also to ensure it is in compliance with ISO standards and industry best practices. Chock full of tips and tricks and easy to understand worksheets to get you started, this book is a must read for anyone involved in maintenance or condition monitoring. Buy it on

Onsite Vibration Analysis Training

Do you have multiple people from your company wanting to attend? Contact us to discuss in-person, private classes at your facility with Alan Friedman. Reach out to Patricia King-Ritter at to discuss.


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Cat I Vibration Certification Class, October 15-18, 2024 / HOUSTON, TX
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5522 Mitchelldale St.
Houston, TX 77092 United States
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