Sep 13 2022 to Oct 6 2022

Red Wolf Reliability
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Fort Collins CO
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Journal Bearing Analysis Techniques - Live Online

Live Online Training: September 13 - October 6, 2022
Class Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

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This online 16-hour course has two, 2-hour sessions per week for 4 weeks. These are live interactive online sessions with continual interaction between instructor, student, and group (not recorded video-based).

All sessions will be recorded so that students may make up missed live sessions with the recorded version.


In this course, students will learn the basic principles of journal bearing design and rotor dynamics in order to apply analysis techniques using time waveform, FFT spectra, orbits, shaft centerline plots, and load path plots. Accelerometer and proximity probe vibration data as well as dynamic strain data are covered.

Actual case studies are reviewed to demonstrate each of the discussed principles.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand bearing design theory and how it applies to troubleshooting
  • Understand basic rotor dynamic theory and how it applies to troubleshooting
  • Know how to collect the data necessary to plot a proper orbit
  • Understand the value of filtered and unfiltered orbits

Continuing Education Credit Hours: 16 Hours

Journal Bearing Analysis Course Reviews : 

"Several of our engineers attended the online Journal Bearings Analysis course offered by learn the basic principles of journal bearing design and rotor dynamics in order to apply analysis techniques using time waveform, FFT spectra, orbits, shaft centerline plots, and load path plots. (formerly Pioneer Engineering) during May of 2020 and found it to be well organized and thorough, covering some aspects of journal bearing design and difference, and analysis methods. Mitch provided a good bit of history and a high-level but thorough overview of journal bearing design and design features, and then spent the bulk of the course discussing how those specific features interact with operating conditions to determine bearing performance. The comparative analysis of using accelerometers vs. prox probes vs. the new FDS strain sensors for bearing monitoring and analysis was extremely useful, as it highlighted some limitations of each, and things to watch out for. This whole course will help us be more holistic in our approach to vibration monitoring and analysis on journal bearing machines, and give us additional things to consider when we evaluate apparent issues and determine a path forward. The course was well worth the investment."
~ Ben Sommers, Corporate Rotating Equipment Leader, Holly Frontier Refining & Marketing


“I appreciate the enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge that Mitch delivered in the short, two-day course. I have attended many training sessions from multiple providers, I have a Category 3 certification from the Vibration Institute, and a Category 4 certification from Technical Associates and I have been through several classes at Emerson Process Management’s training facility. In short, I have been fortunate enough to sit in front of some of the most brilliant minds in the vibration industry. 

I can honestly say that I enjoyed listening to Mitch speak to our small class more than any I have attended in my 16 years as an aspiring vibration analyst. Being intelligent and being able to convey that knowledge to a classroom full of people are two totally different things. Mitch does just that, and probably better than anyone I have ever had the pleasure of sitting in front of.” 
~ Ivan Taylor, Sr. Maintenance Reliability Tech, Tronox


"There are not many that offer the professional education qualities and practical real-world experience. You are among the Vibration elite like Jim Berry, PE, Ron Eshleman, Ralph Buscarello, Robert C. Eisenmann, Art Crawford, and Charles Jackson. (Only the bolded names are still with us.)

Thank you for all you do to advance industry – and congratulations on the new technology to replace prox probes – I know you will be amazingly successful and the market will respond.”  
~ Terrence O


"I enjoyed seeing the mathematical relationships laid out in the course the most. Seeing the design equations gives me a clear understanding of what’s happening physically and these were covered in excellent detail. I can better understand the bearing issues we have when we bring vibes to people on site. Before I just sort of nodded along because I didn’t know what they were talking about, but now I’ll be able to get it and even help contribute to the troubleshooting. I enjoyed learning all of the material and Mitch was a great teacher. I think a great target audience for this course would be rotating equipment engineers in manufacturing industries. Another subset of folks who may find it interesting would be process engineers; it’s never a bad idea to familiarize yourself with your equipment a bit more instead of always just considering what’s going on 'in the pipes'”.
~ Erik Schmidt