Slow Speed Bearing Monitoring Using Ultrasound

Adrian Messer, Manager of US Operations, UE Systems, Inc.


Slow speed bearing monitoring is actually possible, and it’s easier than you think.  What was once considered to be just a compressed air leak detector, airborne & structure-borne ultrasound has become a widely accepted tool by vibration analysts and maintenance professionals as a viable tool for the condition monitoring of bearings, especially slow speed bearings.  This presentation will give best practice information on establishing a slow speed bearing monitoroing program using ultrasound.  As an added benefit, there will be case studies and sound file examples of slow speed bearings that have failure modes used which will allow the attendees the chance to visually see and audibly hear what damaged slow speed bearings look and sound like.

1. Learn how ultrasound technology has evolved into a more diagnostic tool for diagnosing mechanical faults.
2. Learn how planning and procedures are critical when establishing a new condition monitoring program.
3. Learn how to use structure-borne ultrasound to monitor slow speed bearings.


Adrian Messer is the Manager of US Operations for UE Systems, Inc. For more than a decade, Adrian has been helping facilities around the country transform their reliability programs by successfully implementing Ultrasound technology for condition monitoring and energy conservation applications. As a subject matter expert on Ultrasound technology and implementation best practices, Mr. Messer has been a featured speaker at numerous industry events. He is a graduate of Clemson University and maintains close ties to the University assisting current students in a mentorship program through the College of Business & Behavioral Science.
Adrian is a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) through the Society of Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP), and he is also a charter member of the Carolina’s Chapter of SMRP and the current Chairman of the chapter.