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Tight vibration specification for electric motors: Effective or just expensive?

Publication date: 
September 2014
Gene Vogel, EASA Pump & Vibration Specialist
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Vibration is the most effective and well-recognized parameter for assessing the mechanical condition of electric motors. Generally, lower vibration levels are equated with improved reliability. However, arbitrarily reducing the vibration level specification for acceptance of new and repaired motors will not necessarily result in improved reliability, and it will definitely increase costs. Further, reliance on vibration levels at 2x line frequency (2xlf) as an indicator of electric motor reliability is not effective.