Remote Vibration Data Analysis
Do you need your machinery vibration data accurately analyzed? If so, we can help! We are the industry’s leader in vibration data analysis and achieved this position by developing and patenting the industry’s most accurate data analysis process. By contracting VAI to analyze your data, a five (5) person team of fully trained and qualified ISO Certified Vibration Analysts will accurately analyze your vibration data. By using our patented vibration data analysis process, we can quickly and accurately analyze large quantities of critical vibration data. In fact our data analysis service is superior to all other service providers in terms of:
- Value and Affordability
- Customer Benefits
Our patented process is superior because we assign five (5) professional ISO Certified Analysts to analyze all data as part of a team effort. Each team can accurately analyze your data for about 1/3 the cost to hire an in-house Analyst, without all the headaches. Furthermore, each member on the team has an ISO Certification, and these members include:
- Two (2) ISO Certified Category II Analysts
- Two (2) ISO Certified Category III Analysts
- One (1) ISO Certified Category IV Analyst (fewer than 100 worldwide)
As a result of our multiple internal peer and supervisory checks, three (3) tiers of technical data analysis, and the patented process by which all data is analyzed, VAI provides exceptional accuracy, affordability, timely notification of machine issues, and many customer benefits including FREE 24/7 technical and emergent support. And to top our process off, each team has approximately 100 man-years of combined technical experience. So who do you want analyzing your data? A professional team of five (5) Analysts, or one (1)?
Why Choose VAI?
A simple answer is, we can do it better, for less. That’s because many industrial sites (possibly yours) have attempted to startup an in-house vibration program, but were unable to do so for many different reasons, including:
- Choosing the wrong vibration test equipment and software. VAI knows what to use, because our Analysts come from many different backgrounds, and we know what provides the best data (our analysis is only as good as the data).
- Under-estimating the complex and technical nature of vibration program management. All of our Analysts are ISO Certified, and we provide additional training as needed to ensure our Analysts are the best.
- High turnover rates of Analysts is one of the leading causes of failed in-house vibration programs. That’s because clients provide formal vibration training to their Analyst who then puts out a resume, and is gone.
- Failure to management to understand what a vibration program can, and cannot do (unrealistic or misplaced expectations).
- Not hiring properly trained and experienced ISO Certified Analysts (Cat. III or IV). Clients believe they will be happy with hiring an ISO Cat. I Analyst, but VAI only hires ISO Cat. II Analysts, and higher (we KNOW what it takes to analyze your data, and we assign five (5) Analysts.
- Failure of in-house Analysts to properly maintain the program and database due to non-core duties. This is often because management does not know what’s required to maintain a vibration program, and tend to assign many non-core duties to the Analyst.
- Simply not knowing what the industry best practices are for a world class vibration program. VAI has standardized this process, and we can have your vibration program fully up and operational within two (2) weeks.
We realize we must provide superior results if we are to remain in business, and have been doing so for nearly 15 years. We started with one (1) chemical plant in Illinois, acquired a nuclear plant in Washington state, and have now grown to over 100 industrial plants worldwide. If you are looking for someone to accurately analyze your machinery vibration data, we can do it. All you have to do is collect the data and send it to us; we’ll do the rest. We’ll even provide FREE on-site Data Collector Training and mentor your staff as they collect the first round of plant data.
Compare Your Vibration Program to VAI’s:
To implement an in-house Vibration Program:
- Your company must hire a Vibration Analyst. This Analyst would be solely responsible for data collection and analysis, reporting findings, database & route management (creation, maintenance and optimization), trending component issues, witnessing maintenance inspections, and supporting emergent off-hour issues (just to mention a few). The expected cost to hire a competent Cat. III or IV Analyst, with benefits, will likely to be over $ 120,000.
- There will be a constant battle between balancing non-core duties and what the Analyst should be doing. This will lead to frustration, incomplete program management, even possible machine failures. And if left unresolved, a high turnover rate.
- Your company should be aware of the following results based on your Analyst’s ISO Certification and experience:
- Category I Analysts with no prior experience will know enough to ‘speak the language’, but may be dangerous to self and plant equipment
- Category II Analysts with 1 year experience are correct about 70% of the time, but that means they will be wrong about 1/3 the time (can you accept a 30% failure rate?)
- Category III Analysts with 5 years experience are right about 85% of the time. Starting salary, with benefits, is around $120,000.
- Category IV Analysts with 10 years experience are right about 90% of the time, but there are fewer than 100 worldwide.
- And anyone claiming they can accurately analyze all vibration problems is either lying, or you won’t be able to afford their salary.
VAI can provide complete vibration program support. In addition to the worlds most accurate data analysis service, we provide FREE 24/7 technical and emergent support. All you have to do is collect the data and send it to us for analysis. There are no costs associated with employee benefits, no formal training costs, no need to bring a new employee up to speed, no employee turnover issues, and we’re here 24/7 when you need us. All for about 1/3 the cost to hire an ISO Cat. III Analyst.
Overview of VAI’s Data Analysis Process (proprietary patented processes are not included):
Step 1 (refer to above figure):
The first step is to assign an ISO Certified Category IV Analyst to perform a complete “scrub” of all new client databases to ensure all issues are identified and corrective actions are in place. This initial analysis includes the spectral, waveform and overall trend data, and a comparative analysis between identical machine trains to see if there are any outliers.
Next, two (2) ISO Certified Category II Analysts independently analyze all new data for step changes, increasing trends and new frequencies as these indicators point to degrading equipment conditions. All issues are then forwarded to the Category III Analysts for a more detailed analysis. By assigning two (2) Category II Analysts to examine the data independently, we eliminate the possibility of any low level issues slipping through the cracks. This is just one of many proactive steps VAI uses to provide accurate results.
Then two (2) ISO Certified Category III Analysts independently analyze all issues identified by the Category II Analysts. These Cat. III Analysts are responsible for stating the cause and providing corrective recommendations for each issue. By assigning two (2) Category III Analysts with different backgrounds and levels of experience, an exceptionally thorough and accurate report is developed for all machine issues. Also, VAI encourages our Category III Analysts to come up with all possible reasons so that an accurate analysis and corrective recommendations can be made in the next step. In essence, our Analysts consider EVERYTHING to ensure we provide the most accurate reports possible. And all for about 1/3 the cost to hire an -in-house Analyst.
An ISO Category IV Analyst now performs an independent and high-level review of all issues. He then finalizes each machine report, quantifies the severity of each defect, and ensures all corrective recommendations are in place for your Maintenance staff to review. He also assigns a color code (BLUE / YELLOW / RED) so the plant can quickly locate the more serious issues.
VAI then promptly issues an electronic report to the client. Then, each time we receive new data, we repeat Steps 2 – 5 to maintain the highest level of component reliability at a minimal cost. All this for a fraction of the cost to maintain an in-house vibration program.