Vibration Condition Monitoring (VCM)

Increasing demand from customers means there’s more pressure than ever before for businesses to run continuously. Vipac’s NATA-accredited Vibration Condition Monitoring (VCM) will help you spot early warning signs that lead to unscheduled outages and a subsequent loss of revenue.

Why Vipac?

Our reports are clear and comprehensive, with a detailed list of machine conditions accompanied by mitigation measures and recommendations. The “Vi’ in “Vipac” refers to Vibration- testament to it being one of our core competencies since 1973.

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Vipac Vibration Condition Monitoring (VCM) testing

Vipac Engineers Conducting Vibration Condition Monitoring (VCM) On-Site

What is Vibration Condition Monitoring (VCM)?

Vibration Condition Monitoring (VCM) involves collecting vibration data periodically, a key advantage of which is to trend a machine’s vibration levels over time. It is considered the best form of predictive maintenance, as it enables a more accurate assessment of fault severity to identify systematic problems.

Why is Vibration Condition Monitoring (VCM) needed?

Visual inspections are not sufficient in detecting critical equipment wear and machine faults. Vibration Condition Monitoring allows you to see a drop in performance and identify problems from an early stage. Without it, faults can go unnoticed.

What are the benefits of Vibration Condition Monitoring (VCM):

    • Extend machine life
    • Prevent catastrophic failure and emergency shutdowns
    • Reduce your liabilities to damage claims
    • Reduce production downtime and loss of revenue
    • Minimise maintenance costs by avoiding unnecessary periodic maintenance
    • Achieve energy savings though reduced power consumption
    • Lower the risk of component damage
    • Conform to the environmental controls of State regulations, i.e. EPA
    • Ensure safe operating and working conditions
    • Monitor impact to residences, businesses and heritage buildings

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Vipac Vibration Condition Monitoring (VCM) Testing

Vipac Testing at OneSteel Whyalla Steelworks, South Australia

What machine faults can Vibration Condition Monitoring (VCM) identify?

  • Imbalance
  • Misalignment
  • Looseness
  • Bearing faults
  • Gear defects
  • Lubrication problems
  • Resonance
  • Cavitation

What other tests do we do?

  • Laser Alignment
  • Non Destructive Testing (NDT) of pipes using Ultrasonic Testing
  • Impact Test / Bump Testing / Natural Frequency Testing
  • Thermography / Condition Monitoring on Electrical Cabinets
  • Pipe Wall Thickness Testing / Ultrasonic Testing on Pipe Thickness / Ultrasonic Thickness Measurement
  • Vibration Modal Analysis / Vibration Analysis
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Oil Analysis
  • Motor Analysis

Success story

Challenge: Vipac was commissioned to help OneSteel Whyalla Steelworks when they were experiencing inconsistent behaviour from the 670 kilowatt fan motor at its manufacturing facility.

Solution: In just a few hours, we rectified the problem and reduced the vibration levels from 12mm to less than 1mm per second.

Vipac utilised state-of-the-art equipment that we could neither afford to buy nor keep for one-off issues. This testing is considered outside the normal skill set of many in-house vibration teams, which is why Vipac was called to the scene.

Glenn Halyburton
OneSteel Whyalla Steelworks

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