Vibration Monitoring Matters—From the Experts at Metrix

BDC, Inc. is proud to be the Missouri, Illinois and Kansas representative for Metrix, maker of vibration monitoring systems used worldwide.


With accounts in more than 40 countries, Metrix is a preferred supplier of industrial vibration monitoring systems to many of the world’s leading manufacturers. Their equipment is used for cooling towers, gas turbines, reciprocating compressors, and other rotating and reciprocating machinery.


Why is vibration monitoring equipment so important? Having designed and installed many such systems, BDC, Inc. and Metrix both agree on its valuable roles in the factory or plant:


1) Condition monitoring. Machine condition monitoring increases reliability by providing early warning of developing problems before they become critical and expensive.

Machine condition monitoring is the process of monitoring the condition of a machine with the intent to predict mechanical wear and failure. Vibration, noise, and temperature measurements are often used as key indicators of the state of the machine. Vibration especially can be a huge clue to a machine’s condition.The vibration signals collected from moving parts and supporting structures can be used to detect any impending trouble in the machine so that preventive action can be taken…before a catastrophic failure occurs. An on-line vibration monitoring and protection system thus plays an important role in ensuring the safety and economics of the plant.

2) Operating within designated limits. Operating machinery within designated limits leads to optimal performance and useful machinery lifecycle results. Running an engine too fast can lead to compromised employee safety, system failures, damaged systems, and unplanned downtime.

3) Maximizing machine life. Lasting machinery health is vital to capital-intensive operations. Machines and rotating equipment are core items of a plant, and they need to be highly reliable. Increased reliability means fewer failures, reduced operating risk, protection of assets, and a sustained competitive advantage

4) Preventing downtime. As many as 50% of machinery malfunctions that lead to downtime are process induced, and 90% are predictable—even controllable. And machine downtime has the potential to bring production to a grinding halt. Having vibration shutdown protection systems in place can help prevent catastrophic failure.

5) Keeping up with technology. Progress made in engineering and materials science has made rotating machinery much faster and lighter, as well as being required to run for longer periods of time. All of these factors mean that the detection, location, and analysis of faults play a vital role in the field of rotor dynamics.


Please visit our products pages for our offerings of vibration monitoring devices, and check back often for future Metrix-specific offerings.  We’re here to answer any questions you may have about these or any other products on our site.  Don’t hesitate to contact us and thank you for reading!

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