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Vibration Analysis Case Study – Air Compressor Motor Damage

January 27, 2017

Tom Spettel, Senior Reliability Engineer, Category IV ISO Certified Vibration Analyst.

The below video is a case study of a large 3-stage air compressor that was directly coupled to a 2-pole (3600 RPM) motor that had vibration problems after the air compressor was re-located to a different building. This was originally presented at the 2016 Reliability, Process, & Maintenance Symposium (RPM) in Kalamazoo, Michigan on September 13-14, 2016.

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About the author:

Tom Spettel is a Senior Reliability Engineer at HECO. He is an ANSI/ISO Certified, Category IV Vibration Analyst. Tom’s background includes serving as an US Army Medical Specialist. He then worked in a chemical plant/refinery supervising inspections on large steam turbines, compressors, and pumps. Later, he became a vibration analyst, where he saw the similarities to the medical field.

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Tom Spettel presenting second case study at RPM symposium