Predictive Maintenance Programs
Our core business is vibration elimination — working on your equipment from the center outward. When you engage House of Balance to manage a Predictive Maintenance Program at your facility, you are investing in the longevity of your company assets. Our nationally certified vibration analysts will come to your facility and collect vibration data with our CSI Portable Data Collectors, on all the bearings associated within a particular assembly, in three planes (horizontal, vertical, and axial). After we collect data, we then download the vibration data into our advanced computer system, where our certified technician analyzes the vibration signatures to see if the vibration meets or exceeds industry standards. If the vibration exceeds industry standards, we document the root cause of the vibration, along with the measures required to eliminate that vibration, well before failure would occur. When you take a proactive approach toward maintaining the equipment that keeps your company running, you are saving yourself a significant amount of time and money down the line.
Since the mid 1950’s, the measurement and analysis of vibration has become an increasingly useful technique for controlling machinery conditions. It is natural for all machines to vibrate. Even machines in the best conditions will have some vibration because of minor defects as a result of manufacturing tolerances. Therefore, each machine, whether it’s a 10,000 RPM centrifuge, a steam turbine generator, a lathe, or a vacuum cleaner, will have a level of vibration which may be normal. You can associate the condition of a machine with the level of vibration or noise that it makes. If it shakes or rattles more than usual, you begin to suspect mechanical trouble. Machinery vibration levels just do not increase or become excessive for no reason at all. Something causes it, such as:
- Bearing or Gear Wear
Each mechanical defect generates vibration in its own way. This makes it possible to identify a mechanical problem by measuring and noting its vibration characteristics. We can read the machines vibration “signature” long before the defective component will fail. The success of a company often depends on the continued, safe, and productive operation of rotating machinery. Expert preventive maintenance determines how long the machines will run, how safe they are for the people working around them, and how productive the machine will be. An effective Maintenance Program is vital, and House of Balance is known for providing steadfast expertise and a “customer first” attitude.
While there are other companies who offer on-site vibration analysis among a slew of maintenance products, at House of Balance we specialize in it. Our Predictive Maintenance Programs are relied upon by major manufacturers and industries including:
- Automotive – Milling machines, line processes, transmission diagnosis, etc.
- Aerospace – Wind tunnel testing, prop balancing, vibration analysis, etc.
- Electrical – Thermography, circuit panels, electrical fluting diagnosis, etc.
- Military – Design process, helicopter components, DoD projects, etc.
- Medical – Vibration analysis, thermography, HVAC, etc.