1S5: Case Study Challenge: Test your analysis skills in a case study presentation that asks you, the audience, to decide what to do next

Scott Dow, Senior Instructor, Mobius Institute


Vibration is nothing more than a tool – an information tool – and there is a step by step approach to diagnosing machinery problems. Know your forcing frequencies, identify patterns of harmonics and/or sidebands, conduct appropriate field tests and so on. In this entertaining presentation, Scott Dow leads the audience through the process of solving a case study with a twist: through the use of polling devices, the audience will decide what the next step will be. Scott will present the actual question, take questions on the equipment and, eventually, poll the audience on the next step. Check for looseness? Soft foot? Collect higher resolution data? YOU, the audience, decides. Join the fun and see how well you do!


A mechanical engineer by trade, Scott Dow has been working in the vibration world for over 25 years. During that time, he has worked extensively as a field analyst and as a trainer, teaching formal classes and also mentoring clients individually and in small groups. During the mid-90s, Scott developed an innovative training technique based on recreating interesting and educational case studies he had encountered. Students would receive the actual data to analyze and were free to request any field tests they thought would help them diagnose the problem, which eventually they would have to do in the form of a submitted report that was assessed in light of the actual (known) case fault(s). In practice, this method has proven to be highly successful, allowing students to bridge the divide between theory and successful application of that theory in identifying machinery faults. You can find this case study technique being used as an important part of Mobius’ new class on Time Waveform Analysis (TWA).

Scott currently owns his own business, CBM Consultants, with one of his primary duties being  the Principle Instructor for Mobius Institute North America. When he is not conducting Mobius classes, he continues to mentor both individuals and small groups with either on-site or remote support for database setup, building analysis skills, field testing and more.