GAOTek Vibration Meter with Three Axis (Wide Frequency Range) is used for measuring periodic motion to check the imbalance and deflecting of moving machinery and is designed with 3 accelerators in one sensor. It uses piezoelectric acceleration transducer to convert vibration signal. It operates in the wide frequency range from 10 Hz ~ 10 kHz .The meter is in accordance with ISO 2954, GB13823.3 and is used for periodic measurements to detect out-of-balance, misalignment and other mechanical faults in rotating machines. It is specially designed for easy measurement of on-site vibrations of all rotating machinery. It is also used for quality control, commissioning, and predictive maintenance purposes.
- 3 accelerators in 1 sensor for 3-axis vibration measurement.
- 3 same parameters in one display for 3 dimensional measurements or 1 dimensional measurement specified. Shows 3 different parameters of velocity, acceleration and displacement in 1 display.
- Bearing condition with monitoring function.
- LCD digital display with back light.
- Lightweight and easy to use.
- Wide frequency range (10 Hz ~ 10 kHz)
- Automatic power shut off to conserve power.
- AC output socket for headphones and recording.
- Optional headphones for use as electronic stethoscope.
- Optional software and cable of RS232C.
|Sensor||3-Axis Piezoelectric Transducer|
|Display||4 digit LCD backlit|
|Axial Vibration||Any one axis of X , Y, Z or 3 axes of XYZ|
|Measuring Range||Acceleration||0.1 ~ 400 m/s²
0.3 ~ 1312 ft/s²
0.0 ~ 40 g Equivalent Peak
|Velocity||0.01 ~ 400 mm/s
(0.004 ~ 16.0 inch/s) True RMS
|Displacement||0.001 ~ 4.0 mm
0.04 ~ 160.0 mil Equivalent Peak-peak
|Frequency Range||Acceleration||10 Hz ~ 10 kHz|
|Velocity||10 Hz ~ 1 kHz|
|Displacement||10 Hz ~ 1 kHz|
|Accuracy||5% of Reading +2 digits|
|Operating Conditions||Temperature||32 °F ~ 122 °F (0 ° C ~ 50 °C)|
|Humidity||< 90% RH|
|Analogue Output||AC output 0 ~ 2.0 V peak full scale (load resistance: above 10 k)|
|PC interface||RS232C ( Cable and software is not included)|
|Power off||Manual off at any time or auto power off is enabled by user|
|Power supply||2 x 1.5 V AA (UM-3) Battery|
|Size||5.39 in x 2.99 in x 1.25 in (137 mm x 76 mm x 32 mm)|
|Weight||15 oz. (425 g) (Without Batteries)|
|Standard Accessories||Main Unit|
|3 Piezoelectric Transducers in 1 sensor|
|Powerful Rare Earth Magnet|
|Probe (Cone) & Probe (Spherical)|
|Carrying Case (B04)|
|RS-232C Data Cable with Software|
|Bluetooth Data Adapter with Software|
3-1 Main Unit
3-2 Stinger Probe (Cone)
3-3 Stinger Probe (Ball)
3-4 3D Vibration Sensor
3-6 Magnetic Base
According to different situations, the transducers maybe fixed in the probe or connected to the magnetic base.
4-1 3-axis indication
4-2 Low battery indication
4-7 Max value hold
4-10 Measuring value
4-11 Measuring units
4-12 Auto power off is enabled
- The testing position should show the vibration characters of the object to be tested.
- The main axis of the transducers should be consistent with the direction of the object to be tested.
- The sensor should be in close contact with the object to be tested.
|Install with Bolts||Install with Magnetic base||Install with Probe|
|Affection on the result||None||When roughness is worse than Ra1.6, the result maybe not stable||When caring about acceleration and the vibration frequency is higher than 1KHz, the result will be smaller.|
Installed With Bolt
- Application range: Screw eye has no influence on the running of the object being tested.
- Usage: Drill a screw eye 5 mm deep in the object being tested. Connect the sensor to the object by bolts . This is the method that the frequency response is best.
Installed With Magnetic Base
- Application range: Magnetic, flat surface, roughness less than Ra1.6, 2 acceleration less than 20 m/s .
- Usage: Connect the vibration sensor with magnetic base with the M5 bolt included and then place the magnetic base to the object to be tested. Please refer below.
Installed With Probe
- Application Range: Frequency is less than 1 KHz and vibration energy is not small.
- Usage: Connect the needle to the sensor directly by using probe groupware
Connecting the sensor
- Note that this meter accepts only the supplied vibration sensor.
- Plug the connector side of the sensor into the plug at the top of the meter.
- The sensor can be connected to the machinery under test in three ways. Please refer below.
- Press the POWER KEY to turn the meter ON or OFF.
- The meter is equipped with an automatic power off utility that conserves battery life. If the meter is left inactive for 30 minutes it will automatically turn off. The automatic power off utility is enabled or disabled by pressing and hold the VOLUME KEY for 5s. The symbol ‘SV’ showing on the display indicates auto power off utility is enabled. Otherwise, it is disabled if it is not showing ‘SV’.
How to set coordinate axis
There are 4 choices of X, Y, Z, XYZ. Any one coordinate axis of X or Y or Z with 3 parameters of velocity, acceleration and displacement showing on one display can be selected. Else, 3-axis of X-Y-Z with any one parameter of velocity or acceleration or displacement can be selected. The currently selected coordinate axis is shown on the meter’s LCD. Every time to press the X / Y/ Z / XYZ key, the selected axis is changed. Please pay attention to the axes marked on the 3 dimensional sensors. See below.
Function key is only valid in the 3-axis mode and used to select the parameter to be measured. The currently selected parameter is shown on the meter’s LCD. To change the parameter, just press and release the FUNCTION key.
ACC means ‘Acceleration’ measurement mode.
VEL means ‘Velocity’ measurement mode.
DISP means ‘Displacement’ measurement mode.
The currently selected unit of measure is shown on the meter’s LCD. To change the unit of measure, press the UNIT key.
|VEL (RMS)||mm/s||millimetres per second|
|Inch/s||inch/s inches per second|
|ACC (Peak)||m/s2||meter per second squared|
|ft/s2||feet per second squared|
|mil||one thousandth of an inch|
To freeze maximum values, just press the Hold key, a symbol ‘Max’ shows on the display. The meter will hold the max value measured. To exit HOLD, press the HOLD key again.
Filter (only valid in acceleration mode)
To diagnose faulty bearings, the high frequency 10k mode (acceleration only) is used, and by using the optional headphones, the instrument can be used as an electronic stethoscope and noise from abnormal bearings can be monitored
This AC signal can output to recorder or headphone to listen for any distinct patterns or noises. Listening method will help to locate the defective machinery or bearing quickly. Measure all machines at the same points and compare the results. The sound volume can be adjusted by VOLUME KEY. There are 8 levels from 1 to 8 to select. The level 1 is the lowest amplitude while the level 8 is the maximum amplitude of output signal. To exit volume setting, simply wait 5s for the meter to automatically switch to the normal measuring mode.
RS-232 Serial PC Interface
The meter is equipped with an RS-232 serial data port. This interface was designed to operate with the Data Acquisition Software and enables the user to capture, store and display readings on a PC. USB and Bluetooth can also be available via RS232C interface.
AN INTRODUCTION TO VIBRATION MEASUREMENT
Vibration is a reliable indicator of the mechanical health or condition of a particular machine or product. An ideal machine will have very little or no vibration indicating that the motor, as well as peripheral devices such as gearboxes, fans and compressors are suitably balanced, aligned, and well installed. In practice, a very high percentage of installations are far from ideal, the results of misalignment and imbalance exerting added strain on supporting components such as bearings. Eventually this leads to added stress and wear on critical components, resulting in inefficiency, heat generation and breakdowns. This often occurs at the most inconvenient or uneconomical times, causing costly production down time. As parts of mechanical equipment wear and deteriorate, the equipment vibration increases.
Monitoring the vibration of healthy mechanical equipment on an ongoing bas is, detects any deterioration long before it becomes a critical problem, allowing spares to be ordered in advance and maintenance to be planned only when necessary. In this way stocks of expensive and unnecessary spares can be reduced with obvious financial benefits. Unscheduled breakdowns result in production losses and the faulty equipment is usually repaired hastily to get production going as quickly as possible. Under these stressful conditions staffs are not always able to do repairs correctly regardless of how conscientious they are, resulting in a high probability of further early equipment failure. By implementing a predictive maintenance program with regular measurements of critical factors like vibration, downtime cannot only be reduced, but planned maintenance is more effective, resulting in improved product quality and greater productivity.
Which Parameters should be measured?
Acceleration, velocity, and displacement are the three tried and tested parameters, which give accurate and repeatable results? Velocity is the most commonly used vibration parameter. It is used for vibration severity measurements in accordance with ISO 2372, BS 4675 or VDI 2056, which are guidelines for acceptable vibration levels of machinery in different power categories. Acceleration has excellent high frequency measurement capabilities, and is therefore very effective for determining faults in bearings or gearboxes. Displacement is typically used on low-speed machines because of its good low frequency response, and is relatively ineffective when monitoring bearings.
Evaluating the Overall Vibration Measurements
These general principles are commonly used to evaluate your vibration measurement values:
- ISO 2372 (10816) Standard Comparison – Compare values to the limits established in the ISO 2372 (10816) Standard.
- Trend Comparison – Compare current values with values of Baseline for the same Points over a period of time.
- Comparison with Other Machinery – Measure several machines of a similar type under the same conditions and judge the results by mutual comparison. If possible, you should use all three comparisons to evaluate your machinery’s condition. ISO 2372 (10816) and trend comparisons should always be used.
- ISO 2372 (10816) Standard Comparison – The ISO 2372 (10816) Standards provide guidance for evaluating vibration severity in machines operating in the 10 to 200 Hz (600 to 12,000 RPM) frequency range. Examples of these types of machines are small, direct coupled electric motors and pumps, production motors, medium motors, generators, steam and gas turbines, turbo-compressors, turbo-pumps and fans. Some of these machines can be coupled rigidly or flexibly, or connected through gears. The axis of the rotating shaft may be horizontal, vertical or inclined at any angle.
In general, vibration of anti-friction bearings is best monitored in the load zone of the bearing. Equipment design often limits the ability to collect data in this zone. Simply select the Measurement Point which gives the best signal. Avoid painted surfaces, unloaded bearing zones, housing splits, and structural gaps. When measuring vibration with a hand-held sensor, it is very important to collect consistent readings, paying close attention to the sensor’s position on the machinery, the sensor’s angle to the machinery, and the contact pressure with which the sensor is held on the machinery.
- Location – always collect at the same point on the machine. Mark locations.
- Position – Vibration should be measured in three directions: A axial direction; H horizontal direction; V vertical direction Please define A, H, V as X, Y, Z axes respectively.
- Angle – Always perpendicular to the surface (90°±10°).
- Pressure – Even, consistent hand pressure must be used (firm, but not so firm as to dampen the vibration signal). For best results, use the magnetic base. If using the stinger/probe is the only method available to collect data, it is best to use a punch to mark the location for the probe-tip to ensure a consistent coupling to the housing.
- When the battery symbol appears on the display, it is time to replace the battery.
- Slide the Battery Cover away from the instrument and remove the batteries.
- Install batteries paying careful attention to polarity.
Rank of machine vibration (ISO 2372)
|Vibration Amplitude||Machine Sort|
|Vibration Velocity V rms (mm/s)||I||II||III||IIII|
|0 ~ 0.28||
|0.28 ~ 0.45|
|0.45 ~ 0.71|
|0.71 ~ 1.12||B|
|1.12 ~ 1.8||B|
|1.8 ~ 2.8||C||B|
|2.8 ~ 4.5||C||B|
|4.5 ~ 7.1||
|7.1 ~ 11.2||
|11.2 ~ 18||
|18 ~ 28||
|28 ~ 45|
- “Class I” is small motor (power less than 15 kW). “Class II” is medium motor (power between 15 ~ 75 kW). “Class III” is high power motor (hard base). “Class IIII” is high power motor (stretch base).
- A, B, C, D is vibration Rank. “A” means good, “B” means satisfying, “C” means not satisfying, “D” means forbidden. Vibration velocity should be taken from the three perpendicular axes on the motor shell.
ISO/IS2373 Motor quality standard according to vibration velocity
|Quality rank||Rev (rpm)||H: high of shaft (mm)
Maximum vibration velocity (rms) (mm/s)
|80 < H < 132||132 < H < 225||225 < H < 400|
|Normal (N)||600 ~ 3600||1.8||2.8||4.5|
|Good ( R)||600 ~ 1800||0.71||1.12||1.8|
|1800 ~ 3600||1.12||1.8||2.8|
|Excellent (S)||600 ~ 1800||0.45||0.71||1.12|
|1800 ~ 3600||0.71||1.12||1.8|
Limit of rank “N” is suitable for common motor. When the request is higher than that in the table, limit can be achieved by dividing the limit of rank ‘S’ with 1.6 or multiples of 1.6.
Maximum vibration of motor that power larger than 1 horsepower
|1500 ~ 2999||38.1|
|1000 ~ 1499||50.8|
For AC motor, rev is maximum synchronous rev. For DC motor, it is maximum power rev. For motor in series, it is work rev.
Maximum vibrations of high power induction drive motor
|1500 ~ 2999||50.8|
|1000 ~ 1499||63.6|
National Electric Manufacturers Association (NEMA) establishes two standards above.
|Vibration frequency||Most possible reason||Other possible reason||Note|
|Synchronous with ƒs||Imbalance||1. Eccentric of gear, belt sheaves and bush.
2. Shaft is not in the middle or curving (if vibration on the shaft direction is high).
3. Belt fault
5. Reciprocate force
|Double ƒs||Mechanical loose||1. Shaft is not in the middle or curing (if vibration on the shaft direction is high).
2. Belt fault
4. Reciprocate force
|Triple ƒs||Not in middle|
|N Multiple of ƒs||Gear fault, liquid force, and mechanical loose, reciprocating force.||1 x N x ƒs (N is the tooth number of the fault gear).
2 x N x ƒs (N is the paddle number of the fault pump or fan).
|If loose is worse, there may be higher multiple frequency.|
|< ƒs||Oil film eddy turbulence||1. Drive belt fault
2. Interferential vibration
3. Beat frequency
|Synchronous with power frequency||Armature fault||Electric fault such as rotor broken, rotor eccentric, there phase imbalance and air clearance not symmetry|
|Double the power frequency||Torsion impulse||Seldom|
|High frequency (not multiple of ƒs)||Shaft is not lubricate||1. Cavitation and turbulent flow.
2. Frictional force.
|Amplitude and frequency of vibration are always not steady|