ISO Category I (Entry Seminar)


This three-day seminar is intended for those with little or no vibration experience and prepares participants for the ANALYSIS I course. It allows everyone to get a HANDS-ON feel for how vibration can properly be used to detect various problems in rotating machines.


Basic vibration theory is presented to give each student an understanding of vibration as it relates to machine condition, along with hands-on demonstrations and class exercises designed to show proper data collection techniques.


Measurement pitfalls are discussed, along with their adverse effect on machine problem diagnosis, and how they are critical to evaluating the severity of problems detected.


PdM Database setup is introduced, using PdM software offered by several different vendors, along with route building, loading & unloading a series of data collectors offered by a number of different vendors. These techniques are thoroughly taught by having each student apply them using data collectors offered by several different vendors on a series of motor demonstrators.


  • Little or no previous vibration experience will be required to take this class. However, no Vibration Analyst can truly be effective without some basic skills and previous experience in maintenance of the machines which will be included in the PdM program.
  • General familiarity with using a calculator and a computer along with good math skills in Arithmetic and simple Algebra is helpful.

Recommended For:

This seminar is in response to our seminar exit surveys where there have been overwhelming requests for a course that will allow everyone to get a hands-on feel for how vibration can properly be used to detect various problems in rotating machines.


Basic vibration theory is presented to give each student an understanding of vibration as it relates to machine condition, along with hands-on training required to demonstrate proper data collection.

Seminar Agenda

Predictive Maintenance and Machine Vibration:

  • Introduction to Maintenance Systems
    • Types of Maintenance Systems
    • Reactive Maintenance - Run-To-Failure
    • Proactive Maintenance - Preventive
    • Proactive Maintenance - Condition Monitoring
    • Proactive Maintenance - Predictive
    • Proactive Maintenance - A Broad-Based System
    • Reliability Based or Centered Maintenance
    • Total Productive Maintenance
    • Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)
  • Predictive Maintenance Program (PdM)
    • Vibration Analysis
    • Goals of a PdM
    • Continuous Monitoring System
    • Periodic Monitoring System
    • Setup of a Predictive Maintenance Program (PdM)
  • Steps in a Condition Monitoring Program For a Successful PdM
    • Detection
    • Analysis
    • Correction
    • Verification
    • Root Cause Analysis
Technical Associates' ISO Category I Seminar; Data Collectors

Machine Vibration - Basic Theory, Part 1:

Machine Vibration - Basic Theory, Part 2:

  • Basics of Vibration
    • Spring-Mass Systems
    • Characteristics of Vibration
    • Natural Frequency
  • Displaying Vibratory Motion
    • In the Time Domain
    • In the Frequency Domain
  • Amplitude - The Magnitude of the Motion
    • Displacement
    • Velocity
    • Acceleration
  • Root Mean Square, Peak, Peak-To-Peak Conversions
  • The Period of Vibration
  • Analyzing Frequency Peaks & Amplitude Levels
  • Phase Relationships
    • From An Oscilloscope
    • From A Strobe Light
    • From A Photocell or Tach Pulse

Preparing For Data Collection:

The Data Processing System:

  • Transducers - Choosing a Transducer
    • Types of Vibration Transducers
  • Transducers - Mounting Locations and Techniques
  • Selection Criteria
    • Amplitude of Vibration
    • Frequency
    • Environmental Limitations
  • FFT Data Collectors
  • Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers
  • Data Collectors - Analyzers
    • Collection Mode
    • Analyzer Mode
  • Setting Up the Analyzer
    • Frequency Resolution
    • Frequency Range
    • Auto Range
    • Averaging
    • Dynamic Range
    • Frequency Definition

Data Collection:

Data Analysis:

  • Setting Up a Database
    • Machine Identification
    • Measurement Points
    • Measurement Routes (Lists)
  • Downloading a Route
  • Selecting Necessary Equipment
  • Safety Precautions
  • Collecting Data
    • Horizontal, Vertical, and Axial Measurements
    • Using An Accelerometer
    • Storing Data
  • Uploading the Route
    • Connecting to the Computer
    • Uploading the Data
    • Storing the Data
    • Disconnecting From the Computer
  • Report Printouts
    • “Last Measurement Report"
    • “Exception or Overall Alarm Report"
    • “Inspection Code Report"
    • “Spectral Band Alarm Report"
  • Plot Formats
    • Trend Plots
    • Narrowband Alarm Spectral Plot
    • Spectrum Map Plot


  • Definitions of Terminology
    • Synchronous versus Subharmonic
    • Synchronous versus Harmonic
    • Nonsynchronous
    • Modulation
    • Spectral "Pattern" Recognition
  • Diagnosing Vibration Problems
    • Mass Unbalance
    • Misalignment
    • Bent Shaft
    • Pump & Fan Problems
    • Soft Foot
    • Mechanical Looseness
    • Gearbox Analysis, Gear Frequencies
    • Motors
    • Pump & Fan Problems
    • Rolling Element Bearings

Seminar Fee: $1495

A $100 DISCOUNT will be given for full payment at least 60 DAYS prior to the seminar start date.

Seminar Fees include textbook, breaks and lunches.




1230 West Morehead Street, Suite 400

Charlotte, North Carolina  28208