What is Balancing: Ensure everything is working as it should be
Balancing is the complex procedure of working to enhance the mass spread of a body, so as to rotate in its bearings without the unbalanced centrifugal forces acting on it. This therefore means, when the machine is running in balance, it will work as it should do and in the most efficient way. Whereas if the machine is unbalanced, it risks breakdown and long term inefficiency. The process of static or dynamic balancing will minimise the vibration and reduce the level of noise a machine produces, as well as to extend the life of a machine. But the main question we face is, is static balancing or dynamic balancing best? In this blog we will look at both processes and give an explanation into each one.
Vibration: Is all vibration a problem?
Vibration will always be an element of any machinery that rotates, and although some levels can be acceptable, the main goal of any rotating equipment is to operate with as little vibration as possible, to avoid damage and ultimately extend the lifespan of the machine. Instead of trying to remove all the vibration, it is essential to carry out searches for machinery balance in order to minimise the vibration to the point at which there is a reduced level of noise. We can perform vibration analysis and machine thermography to determine the current condition of almost any machinery.
What are the two types of balancing?
There are two basic types of balancing that can be carried out on your machinery – Static and Dynamic:
- Static balancing (knife edging)
When we balance a section of machinery statically, its centre of gravity is located in the axis of its rotation. This process implies that it will remain stationary at the horizontal axis, without applying a braking force. The unbalance will be present even when the rotor is not spinning.
Low friction bearings are used to settle the component so that the heaviest part is at the bottom. We then remove material from the lower portion (heavy side). Or add on top (light side) until it rotates on a true axis. We repeat this process until the point that is heavy disappears and the rotor no longer rotates without assistance.
- Dynamic balancing (single and multiplane)
Dynamic balancing involves the adjustment of an object’s balance by adding or removing weight. Firstly, we have to determine the components unbalance. We calculate this whilst it’s rotating at a predetermined speed. The information from this process gives insight into the amount of weight required to counterbalance areas that are either too light or too heavy.
Reducing vibration through dynamic balancing also ensures the machine is running smoothly, with reduced noise. This inevitably prevents premature system failure. A component is only in balance once the rotation does not produce any centrifugal force or couple unbalance as a result.
What are the different types of Dynamic Balancing?
We can perform Dynamic balancing on components of a variety of shapes and sizes. Single plane dynamic balancing is normally carried out on relatively low speed and narrow disks, where the width is less than 30% of the diameter.
Dynamic balancing (multi-plane) is primarily performed on components rotating at higher speeds, where the width is more than 30% of the diameter. We balance long and high-speed rotors (including flexible rotors) using more than two correction positions.
So, which type of balancing should you choose?
Balancing your machinery, whether it’s static or dynamic, is key to eliminating common performance problems. These problems often include vibration, noise, and heat. Eliminating these will consequently extend its lifespan, improve accuracy, and avoid premature system failure.
A key benefit of dynamic balancing that makes it the preferred technique, especially for high-performance components, is that objects can be balanced with extreme accuracy – often within a fraction of grams.
On assessment, your expert team at WDB Ltd will advise you on the best form of balancing to ensure your machine is operating as efficiently as possible.
Want to learn more about dynamic balancing? Take a look at our ‘What is Dynamic Balancing?’ post today.
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