MIP for Managers

Leading Machinery Improvement

Vibration Based Machinery Improvement® for Supervisors and Managers

Course Objective 

To give supervisors and managers the knowledge and insights needed to manage and support a successful Machinery Improvement® Program, weighing both the management issues and technical fundamentals.


  • Two days
  • Two-and-a-half days


No other single maintenance approach offers greater and faster returns than an effective Machinery Improvement Program. Unfortunately, many plant personnel in decision-making roles lack a thorough understanding of Machinery Improvement and the significant potential of an effective program. Within such programs, over 70 percent of the machinery improvement activities require decisions from a supervisor or manager. Through this special seminar, supervisors and managers learn techniques that increase machinery availability and at the same time reduce maintenance costs. Also gained is an understanding of the close relationship between vibration and Machinery Improvement and how to best support this important activity within your organization for maximum returns.

Supervisors and managers learn Update’s unique precision maintenance concept and the practical know-how that ensures increased machinery availability and reduced maintenance costs – essentially more with less!

Understand How Machinery Improvement Translates into Financial Results

Many plants consistently report annual maintenance savings in excess of $1 million, and often over $3 million, as a direct result of their Machinery Improvement Programs.  We show the participant how to quantify savings and document actual plant successes.  Case histories highlight the key elements of successful programs.

Learn How to Involve a Maximum Number of People in Vibration Control

Maximizing the effectiveness of your maintenance people is an important part of minimizing maintenance costs.  An effective approach is shifting “routine” vibration control activities to crafts people and to some machine operators.  This allows the core group of vibration specialists to concentrate more effectively on higher level work. Participants gain helpful insights on what specific tasks are best suited for people in different job categories.

Technical Understanding of Machinery Vibration

To effectively support a Machinery Improvement Program, today’s decision maker must have a solid grasp of vibration fundamentals and how they are applied towards improving the machinery performance.  The supervisor and manager will come away from this course with a working understanding of vibration units, spectrum analysis, phase, resonance, as well as misalignment, unbalance, and other common vibration problems.

Who Should Attend:

  • Maintenance Supervisors, Planners and Schedulers
  • Maintenance and Operations Managers
  • Plant Engineers and Managers
  • Anyone responsible for the supervision of others in rotating machinery work

Course Content


  • Case histories on financially-related goals
  • Easy-to-implement craft level routines to obtain smoother running machinery than when new
  • How some companies ensure they get the quality of work they require
  • Vibration program facets that have produced the highest financial savings
  • Determining the present state of your program:
  • What parts are worth filling in
  • Getting your program into higher gear
  • Monitoring the financial results rather than just machinery
  • How some companies have successfully incorporated vibration prevention, basic analysis, and correction to area technicians, thereby relieving the core group for higher level work
  • Techniques for simplifying vibration reports for greater effectiveness and readability
  • Various approaches to vibration programs based on financial returns


  • Understanding symptoms for misalignment including phase, amplitude, and spectrum analysis
  • Typical sources for misalignment errors
  • Reverse indicator, laser, rim and face
  • Practical precision alignment tolerances
  • Considerations for thermal growth
  • Resonance
  • Applications to plant equipment
  • When not to detune or modify structures
  • What craftspeople can easily do themselves vs. use of specialists
  • Unbalance
  • Assembly errors that create differences between mediocre and smooth running machinery
  • Key length considerations
  • Insights into unbalance tolerances
  • Understanding vibration units
  • When to use displacement, velocity, acceleration
  • Considerations for low speed machinery (fans, mixers, cooling tower fans, rolls)
  • Difficulties and misconceptions created by trending “overall” vibration
  • Understanding spectrum plots of velocity vs. frequency for vibration analysis
  • Miscellaneous errors revealed through spectrum plots such as rub and bearing looseness
  • Insights on rolling element bearing vibration
  • Understanding, preventing, and analyzing gear vibration
  • Correcting vibration magnification due to machinery soft feet and foot-related resonance