ISO-18436 Vibration Training
As is generally known, all specialized trades that can affect a company’s safety and performance are Certified, e.g. welders and inspectors.
Recently, there has been a worldwide trend towards Certifying Vibration Specialists. This move started in the United States, and was pioneered by several Chemical Processing and Oil Companies requesting the certification of their Vibration Specialists to assure their competence in the field, with expected rewards to the company performance and safety record.
The Vibration Institute has established a world-wide Certification program where four categories of Vibration Analysts are currently recognized:
Vibration Analyst – Category I
Vibration Analyst – Category II
Vibration Analyst – Category III
Vibration Analyst – Category IV
The Vibration Institute is now the only institution worldwide accredited to certify and provide training to specialists according to the international ISO 18436.
It is estimated that the specialists with one year experience plus one training course similar to Basic Machinery Vibration can pass the Category II certification, while five years of
experience plus a course similar to Machinery Vibration Analysis would be sufficient for Category III certification.
RITEC is pleased to announce that the Vibration Institute Certification exams are conducted regularly in Cairo and the Gulf area each year.
• The exams are prepared and corrected at the Vibration Institute, USA.
• All Analyst Certificates are issued from the Vibration Institute.
RITEC is pleased to offer any of its training courses as in-house courses for requesting customers. We offer a blend of our standard courses, as well as customized training programs in Condition Monitoring and Machinery Vibration Analysis, to fit our customer's needs.
All in-house courses are to be held at Customer site for about 15 engineers or technicians. It is understood that Customer shall provide transportation (Business Class travel) to and from site, and accommodation on-site for instructors.
All our courses are offered as Vibration Institute courses. The course certificates are issued from the Vibration Institute, the training materials are all from the Vibration Institute, and even the course transparencies are mostly from the Vibration Institute. This assures the quality of the course as conforming to the international level of training. In addition, the course instructors are Certified Vibration Specialists, which ensures practical knowledge of the art and science of vibration analysis.
The courses will be taught by a group of instructors led by Dr. Aly El-Shafei, Professor at Cairo University and General Manager of RITEC. In addition to being Professor at Cairo University, Dr. Aly El-Shafei is also a consultant to industry, and has cooperated with such companies as General Electric (USA), Assix International (USA), Mannesmann Demag (Germany), MTU (Germany), SUCO, BAPETCO and AOI (Egypt). In addition, Dr. El-Shafei is involved in several local and international research projects. He has published many technical papers in the vibration field, and holds two patents to his name. Dr. El-Shafei holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of ASME, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi, and is a Certified Vibration Analyst - Category IV.
The following is a description of each of the courses offered by RITEC:
Introduction to Machinery Vibration (IMV) CAT I
Duration: 3 days
All maintenance engineers and technicians
This course is designed for Technicians and Engineers with limited experience in Vibration measurement and analysis. It is designed
to provide the attendees with:
- Practical experience on vibration measurement and basic time and spectral analysis.
- Field measurement of amplitude, frequency and phase
- Calibration of measurements
- Data analysis and interpretation
This course should provide the attendees with detailed practical experience of vibration measurement and analysis. This course should
be sufficient in addition to field experience, to prepare the attendees for the Vibration Analyst - Category I Certification Exam.
Basic Machinery Vibration (BMV) CAT II
All maintenance engineers and technicians
Basic Machinery Vibration is designed as an introductory course to the use and analysis of machinery vibration data for condition
The course emphasizes the effects of vibration on mechanical equipment, the instrumentation used to measure vibration, the techniques
used for vibration analysis and control, developing a condition monitoring program, and vibration correction and criteria. Examples and
case histories of Industrial vibration problems are used to illustrate techniques.
Participants have the opportunity to become familiar with these techniques during workshops. This course will be of interest to engineers
and technicians who must identify and correct faults in machinery; and should be sufficient in addition to field experience, to prepare the attendees for the Vibration Analyst - Category II Certification Exam.
Machinery Vibration Analysis (MVA) CAT III
All maintenance and vibration engineers and technicians
The most widely accepted measure of machine condition is its vibration signature. This course is designed to expose the techniques of vibration
analysis of machinery, with the aim of improving machinery monitoring and diagnosis.
This course is a more advanced course with emphasis on diagnostics techniques. Not only spectrum analysis, but also time domain, phase analysis and demodulation techniques are discussed. The emphasis is on techniques to verify the existence and the extent of faults and means to evaluate the condition of a machine. Bearing Faults, Gear Box Faults, Electric Motor Vibrations, and Rotating Machinery Malfunction, Balancing, Isolation and Correction represent the main thrust of this course.
The course provides a unique format in which an abundance of case studies are presented as application of machine condition analysis.
The course prepares attendees for Category III certification according to ISO 18436.
Balancing and Alignment
All maintenance and vibration engineers
This course is intended to provide basics of both alignment and balancing of rotating machinery and field applications. The course
presents the vibration analysis leading to the identification of balancing and alignment of rotating machines.
For balancing, the course presents: Field balancing techniques including single plane balancing, two-plane balancing and static-couple
balancing. Workshop applications will be provided.
For alignment the course presents various alignment methods including: rough alignment, face and rim alignment, reverse indicator
method (graphical & analytical), and laser alignment techniques.
Practical application are provided including considerations of preparation of alignment, brackets and coupling, thermal considerations
and alignment tolerances. Workshop applications are provided.
Rotordynamics and Balancing (RDB) CAT IV
Rotordynamics describes the science and practice of analyzing the dynamics of rotating machinery. All rotating machinery, particularly
high speed-high performance machinery, inherently exhibit unique dynamical behavior that can affect the operation and maintenance of
This course describes the fundamentals of the dynamics of rotors and the analysis and correction of rotating machinery problems.
- The basic rotordynamic theory
- Modeling and analysis of rotors
- Critical Speeds and Mode Shapes
- The Transfer Matrix Method
- Development of a dynamic model
- Modeling machinery components
- Run-up and coast-down tests
- Static and Couple balancing
- Effect of bearings on dynamic behavior of rotors
- Stability of rotating machinery
- Bodé and Nyquist Plots
- Introduction to rotor balancing
- Field balancing
- Fluid film bearing modeling and analysis
- Modal behavior of rotors
- Balancing instrumentation
- Multi-plane balancing
- Flexible rotor balancing
Structural Vibration Analysis
All maintenance and vibration engineers
This course is intended to stress the relationship between structural and machinery vibration. Topics covered include:
- Structural vibration measurement
- Faults in machinery
- Generated forces in machinery
- Critical speed testing
- Bump tests
- Measurement of operating deflection shapes (ODS)
- Modal testing ofmachines and structures
- Applications and case histories from industry.
Practical Machinery Vibration
All maintenance and vibration engineers and technicians.
This course is intended as an extended workshop to provide practical training on machinery vibration. Continuous workshops on:
- Vibration measurement
- Selection and installation of sensors
- Setting-up of data collector
- Analyzer set-up
- Measurement of time waveform
- Measurement of spectra
- Measurement of amplitude and phase
- Identification of Faults including: unbalance, misalignment, bearing faults, …etc
- Balancing of machinery using RIMAP