Listening to Data as it’s Being Collected Makes the Job Easier
The biggest differentiator Trevor noticed when transitioning from vibration analysis to ultrasound, was the ultrasound detector’s ability to simultaneously listen to the data as it is being collected. Trevor often second-guessed himself when taking vibration data, wondering if it was good data, or if he would have to go back out into the plant to recollect after completing and uploading his route to the computer.
Ultrasound’s ability to listen to readings while collecting data not only improves inspector confidence, but it also saves time and improves data quality. Trevor admits he can often tell an issue with a bearing, whether it be a lubrication issue, or bearing defect, simply by hearing the heterodyned audio signal and listening for the presence of friction and impacting.
With the time he’s saved by not having to retake measurements, or take multiple measurements on every machine, Trevor finds time to use his SDT340 to perform operator-driven-reliability (ODR) inspections. These inspections are carried out to find non-binary defects within a factories manufacturing process. After Trevor carries out his regular rotating machinery inspections for the day, he spends time looking for failed steam traps and compressed air leaks at either factory he’s monitoring.
Today, Wednesday, July 19, 2022, Trevor passed his CAT 2 Vibration Exam and is one step closer to becoming the first of SDT’s Junior Reliability Technicians to complete the two-year training program. Congratulations Trevor!