PW2: An Animated and Practical Introduction to Vibration Analysis Workshop

Dennis Swanepoel, Lead Technician, WearCheck


This workshop will be a terrific opportunity to get up to speed on vibration analysis, or to reinforce the basics you have already learned. In addition to the famous Mobius animations and simulations, which truly do make all the complex topics much easier to understand, all the principles will be put into action with the aid of “Elvis” the test rig. Vibration readings will be taken to illustrate the basics of the waveform, spectrum, and phase, and to demonstrate conditions such as bearing faults, unbalance, looseness, and much more. We will also provide an introduction to fluid-film bearing vibration analysis: prox probes, orbits, centerline plots, full-spectrum plots, and more.


I started my career attaining my National Diploma(S4) in Mechanical Engineering and becoming a Performance and Testing Technician in the Power Generation Industry. I have been in the field of Condition Monitoring for past 16 years. Starting out as an apprentice I managed to improve my knowledge in condition monitoring in various industries and becoming involved in training. In my first years in condition monitoring I became certified by Technical Associates as a trainer for their courses and started specializing in ODS and Modal Analysis. I have worked in various industries and I am qualified in Vibration, Thermography and Oil analysis. I also specialize in operational Deflection shape analysis. Currently my main duties is shared between starting up new service contracts, Special Investigations, Training (Mobius Training Partner)
Industries that I have worked in include Power Generation, Coal Mining, Platinum/chrome refinery and mining, Waste Water Treatment, Food, Paper and Sugar Mills. My most recent achievement was to pass the Mobius CAT IV course and starting up two service contracts in the Power Generation Industry that include vibration, thermography, oil analysis, and alignment.