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Ultrasound & Vibration Workshop

IMC Conference 2017 - December

Two Complimentary Technologies
Delivering Symbiotic Real-World Success

Two Asset Condition Management (ACM) technologies -- ultrasound and vibration -- share common benefits for maintenance and reliability practitioners. This 6-hour short course explores the strengths and weaknesses of both disciplines, and explains how they work independently AND symbiotically assessing the health of your rotating assets.


  • Real-World Win #1 – Pulp & Paper – pump failure averted (12 mins)
  • Course and Instructor Introductions (2 mins)
  • Vibration and Ultrasound Basics (40 mins)
  • Similarities and Differences (20 mins)
  • Real-World Win #2 – Nuclear Power Generation (12 mins)
  • FMEA – What works where and what doesn’t work anywhere (30 mins)
  • Vibration wall chart breakdown (30 mins)
  • Real-World Win #3 – Pulp & Paper – slow speed roll bearing (12 mins)
  • Practical Exercises (60 mins)
    • Identifying stages of bearing failure with Ut & Vib
    • Gearbox assessment
    • Bearing lubrication refreshment challenges

  • Real-World Win #4 – Bio Gas Plant – slow speed bearing on digester (12 mins)
  • Ultrasound dynamic time signal analysis (30 mins)
  • Practical Exercise (60 mins)
    • Working in teams and an assigned coach, you will complete a task to collect data on a bearing fault simulator. Each group will upload the data to management software, analyze it, and create a meaningful report to submit to your planner. Your reports will be shared and discussed as a class.

  • Short Quiz and Discussions Q&A with remaining time

Who Should Attend

Condition Monitoring Technicians Ultrasound Inspectors of all qualifications (and aspiring)
Purchasing Vibration Analysts of all qualifications (and aspiring)
Executive Management Maintenance Planners
Engineering Stores Management
Production Maintenance and Reliability Practitioners

Any stakeholder in any organization with an interest in Asset Reliability Management


  • Hear practitioners share real-world wins
  • Understand the similarities and differences of ultrasound and vibration
  • Learn how to use Failure Mode and Effect Analysis to determine which technology to use for every condition monitoring circumstance
  • Participate in thoughtfully crafted practical exercises coached by experienced implementation trainers

Presenter Bios

Tom Murphy, CRL, Manager of Corporate Training

Tom Murphy’s primary responsibilities include training SDT’s current and future trainers, ensuring consistent training messages from country to country, continent to continent, and language to language. Tom is the mentor both SDT trainers and customers alike. The most difficult and complex training contracts are handled by Tom.

Tom’s extensive field experiences include application of vibration measurement and predictive maintenance in the following industries: aviation, power generation, nuclear, steel, offshore, petrochemical, textiles, mining, quarrying, paper, marine, food production, automotive and pharmaceuticals.

  • 35 years’ experience in vibration measurement
  • 22 years’ experience in infrared cameras
  • 17 years’ experience in ultrasound
  • Trainer and facilitator in Failure Mode & Effect Analysis and Root Cause Analysis

Tom is regularly called upon as an ultrasound subject matter expert to deliver presentations at major conferences around the globe. He is SDT’s appointed representative to the committee workgroup ISO 18436 Part 8, Condition Monitoring and Diagnostics of Machines – Ultrasound


Bob Lees, CRL, CMRP, SDT Corporate Trainer

Bob comes to SDT after a long career in maintenance and reliability at one of Canada’s most successful pulp producers. With 10 years’ experience in condition monitoring, Bob was instrumental in the implementation of a successful ultrasound program at Canfor Pulp and Paper. He is a certified adult instructor, a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), a Certified Reliability Leader (CRL), a Red Seal Millwright, Class 3 stationary steam engineer, Cat III vibration analyst, and a Level 2 certified ultrasound inspector.

Bob is comfortable in any teaching environment and has often presented to large audiences at technical conferences around the continent.

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