Because many companies expend so few resources on training, new engineers, technicians, and analysts are often ill-prepared to tackle real-world problems and produce real-world solutions. And when it comes to large, expensive machinery, every minute of downtime can translate into the loss of millions of dollars.
Rotating Machinery Reliability for Technicians and Engineers is a compilation of those problems encountered daily by large manufacturers, delving deep into machinery fault analysis, with a concentration on vibration, bearings, and electrical issues that cause large problems. The work contains more than 50 case studies with the actual data and solutions, along with industry standards and best practices, covering what works, and perhaps more importantly, what doesn’t work—all the result of the author’s 45+ years in the field. It features a chapter on diagnosing and solving electric discharge machining damage in ball bearings.
Rounding out the incredible package is an affiliated website, www.rotatingmachinereliability.com, with invaluable resources for the technician and engineer:
- On-the-job videos, detailing exact specifications for analysis and troubleshooting.
- Spreadsheets for designing dynamic absorbers, estimating thermal growth, and calculating steel balance weight and weight removal
- Technical white papers on the elimination of electrical discharge damage and designing rotating machinery foundations
- Directions for implementing the latest technology using amplified motion to quantify operation deflection shapes.
Ron Brook’s career in vibration analysis of rotating machinery started in 1975. His longtime experience includes working with such firms as Nicolet Scientific, Reliance Electric, REM Technologies, Rockwell Automation, and Zonic. He currently serves as Supervisor of Engineering Services, Emeritus, at Integrated Power Services. All of this industry experience has played a part in his compiling a keen subject matter understanding, as well as development of a master set of professional analysis and troubleshooting tools and technical processes for use in the field. This has led to him authoring five U.S. Patents for homopolar inductive high-speed motors and cracked shaft detection in nuclear reactor coolant pump shafts. He also is a contributor to the Machinery’s Handbook.
Chapter 1: Converting Dynamic Vibration into Electrical Signals
Chapter 2: Waveforms, Spectral Domains, Orbits, and More
Chapter 3: Trend Programs
Chapter 4: Machinery Fault Analysis, Part I
Chapter 5: Machinery Fault Analysis, Part 2
Chapter 6: Machinery Fault Analysis, Part 3
Chapter 7: Advanced Diagnostics
Capterh 8: Electric Discharge Machining Damage
Chapter 9: Electrical and Vibration Testing to Solve Motor Issues
Chapter 10: System Design for Measuring Vibration Prior to Shipment
Appendix A: Glossary of Vibration Terms
Appendix B: Machinery Vibration Diagnostic Guide
Appendix C: Answers to Review Questions.
Advanced Praise for the Book…
- This is the book I wish I had when I started in the industry.”
- “Hands-down the best work I’ve ever seen, making difficult concepts easy to understand, and offering tremendous value to beginners and experienced techs/engineers alike.”
- “A must-read for anyone involved in rotating equipment reliability, especially new technicians.”
- “A wonderful, helpful tool that has helped my team understand how to troubleshoot vibration issues in the field.”
- Shows how analysts of 5 or 50 years in the field can help themselves in their approach to investigating potential issues in plant machinery.”