3S3: Case Study: Identify Various Problems on Journal Bearings

Louis Peacock, WearCheck


Identify various problems on journal bearings (White Metal Bearings) using casing vibration, contrarily to popular belief, its only possible with proximity probes (Shaft Centreline). 

  • 5 different case studies highlighting 5 different faults on 5 different machines. 

Presentation framework: 

  • Identifying problem with vibration
    *Vibration setup
    *FFT versus stress wave analysis
  • Recommendation and conformation with actual photos of the damaged
  • How to determine the severity of the problem
    *Using the 4 Rules of Intelligent Vibration


Louis Peacock is the Technical and Training Manager at Wearcheck ARC. With 13 years of experience in condition monitoring, he has worked across a variety of industries, including power generation, coal mining, gold mining, diamond mining, food industry, sugar mills, petrochemical industry, and hydro turbines. He is a certified Vibration CAT 4 Analyst and Instructor, Thermography level 2, Oil analysis level 2, Shaft Laser Alignment, and In-situ Balancing. These qualifications have allowed him to gain a comprehensive understanding of the importance of condition monitoring in maintaining the health and performance of industrial equipment.

Throughout his career, Louis has dedicated himself to helping organizations improve their equipment reliability and reduce downtime. He has implemented several condition monitoring programs, trained personnel, and provided technical support to maintenance teams. His passion for condition monitoring has driven him to develop innovative solutions that help organizations save time and money. He is excited to share his experience and knowledge with fellow professionals at the condition monitoring conference in Malaysia. He believes that sharing experiences and insights is critical to advancing the field of condition monitoring and improving equipment reliability across all industries.