Rotating machinery provide critical and non-critical functions in plants across many industries. To avoid unnecessary downtime plant operators rely on condition monitoring systems to monitor the health of these machines.
Vibration is one of several important parameters that may lead to the early detection of machine trouble. Operators can benefit from efficient maintenance and avoid unscheduled downtime by performing periodic or constant monitoring of vibration.
In this column I will discuss condition monitoring for large rotating machinery that use journal bearings, such as turbines and compressors. We will also review industry specific terminology and related standards.
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