Any powered piece of industrial equipment will vibrate when it is functional. While this fact can’t be avoided, it does present two major issues. Equipment vibrations eventually break down the machine components, causing depreciation on almost every single tooling component.
Equipment maintenance can become a constant issue if excessive down time is necessary to service machinery and components. Preventing excessive movement through vibration and noise control services will save money and maintenance time.
Along with saved equipment, noise control solutions will also maintain the worker’s health. Vibrations not only cause damage to the equipments, but they create extreme noise levels. OSHA regulations define laws to restrict the average noise level that a worker will face in an eight hour shift and also the maximum sound level that is permissible. Equipment that is working with the minimum of excessive vibration will reduce on both the sound level and lessen the maximum sound level in the environment.
For these two main good reasons, analyzing efficient vibration control is a prudent investment in both the worker health and equipment.
Advantages for equipment
During the operation of powered industrial equipment, vibrations will put on the tooling equipment in equipment. The constant motion, even if it is invisible or small to the naked eye, may cause cyclical stress. This stress type is featured by implementing a load and then by removing the said load. Individual stresses or loads may not be sufficient to damage materials, but repeated low level stress will ultimately become cumulative and cause failure. Thus, vibrations cause machine failures when you wouldn’t expect to see the strong components to fail.
Along with cyclical stress that causes material failure, equipments may also experience excessive vibration. When industrial machinery is not set on a level surface, or if the equipment itself is not balanced, the machinery will actually move during the operation. Moving equipment is a small disaster in itself. Keeping the machinery in position may cause assures precise operation, prevents equipments from damaging themselves, and will keep workers safe from being struck by heavy components.
Vibration control techniques
To protect machinery and protect the hearing of the workers, inplant acoustic enclosures can be used. One of the techniques is to utilize levelling pads to keep equipments on balance. Just like a washing machine, if industrial equipment is running off balance it will vibrate and shift, cause damage and excessive noise. This method is a simple and affordable way to rectify floors that are not level or equipment that doesn’t have an equal deployment of its weight. Vibration pads can also be utilized under equipment and will lessen noise by just muffing and absorbing vibrations.
With the various solutions available to level industrial machinery and dampen vibrations in a mechanical room noise, there is no excuse to cause unnecessary depreciation in equipment or hazard to the hearing of the workers.