The technology of route-based vibration data collection / acquisition has made giant steps in the last several decades. Looking back just to the early ‘80’s most users were still using a simple overall vibration meter and clipboard! Measurement data was then transferred to spreadsheets for archiving and trending! Fast forward to 2017, now multi-channel signal analyzers allow the user to collect vast amounts of data simultaneously … is this data fully understood, or is it needed, or more to the point, is it contributing in a meaningful way to the question of machine condition? Far too often the justification for multi-channel data acquisition is speed, and certainly faster data acquisition time in the field leaves more time for other activities – post-processing, diagnosis, etc. – but faster isn’t always better, and the old axiom “if one channel is good, two must be better, three, four, ad infinitum” isn’t always valid. Good vibration analysts have an intuitive understanding of machinery vibration, but huge amounts of data is often difficult to correlate, and often counterproductive, i.e., having the opposite of the desired effect.
Counterproductive is anything that is more of an “obstacle” than a help in the achieving of a productive project or an objective
The presentation “take-aways” will include;
- Expand upon and explain the technology and history of single channel data acquisition
- Progress to dual channel measurement and the importance of “frequency response”
- Highlight the current trend to multi-channel applications
- And finally, provide participants with the fundamentals, and a basic selection guideline, i.e., a roadmap based in specific requirements.