The CAT I vibration training course is the ideal starting place for new vibration analysts, people collecting vibration data, and those who want a better understanding of vibration analysis and condition monitoring. The course is based on the ISO 18436-2 standard and prepares you for the optional external certification exam. The course covers the following topics:

  • The benefits of performing condition monitoring and improving reliability
  • The condition monitoring technologies: infrared analysis (thermography), oil analysis, wear particle analysis, motor testing
  • How machines work – via supplementary self-study via the “Equipment Knowledge” section
  • Why vibration measurements can tell you about the condition of the machine
  • How to collect good, repeatable measurements
  • What the Fmax, resolution, averaging and other analyser settings mean
  • How to analyze vibration spectra, and the basics of fault diagnosis: unbalance, misalignment, looseness, rolling element bearings faults, resonance, and other conditions
  • An introduction to setting alarm limits

The course is also relevant and applicable to the marine industry, as it covers the types of machines and equipment that are commonly used on vessels, such as pumps, fans, compressors, generators, engines, propellers, shafts, and gears. The course also addresses the specific challenges and issues that are faced by the marine industry, such as:

  • The effects of vibration on the structural integrity and stability of the vessel
  • The difficulties of remote operation and communication with the shore office, and how to overcome them with the help of the CBM system
  • The importance of complying with the regulatory and safety standards, such as the IACS members regulation


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