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Shurafa

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First Hand Experience on GTI

Hello forum members,

I'd like to learn from you if you have first hand experience on GTI predictive systems. How reliable are the hardware and software? How are the after-sale services and technical support?

I've seen their website and watched many videos from their YouTube channel to be familiar with their products. Their system is attractive specially for general purpose applications. I like the concept of versatility and the allowance to use the tablet as a computer in addition to it's purpose for the predictive technology it supports. Also, because the company is relatively new, there is a bigger hope to have new additions to their portfolio compared to old companies. (I hope it will not be acquired soon).

Me and my team are used to the classic systems from the famous brands and this brings a biased response to dealing with new/different tools. In addition to this, there is the classic list of questions when any team evaluates an alternative: screen brightness, hazardous area classification, software upgrades, compatibility with accessories from other brands (specially from connectivity perspective) etc.

I'm mostly interested in the alignment package. But all comments are welcome.

Regards- Ali M. Al-Shurafa


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We have owned the GTI vibration setup for a couple years. I have found the service to be very good. I grab the ipad system when needing to troubleshoot something on the spot that I don't necessarily care about having data saved to trend. It is very easy to look at real time data on the ipad. 
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Electric motor repair shop here:

We use GTI for our final test run/acceptance testing on repairs.  User friendly, easy to use, easy to print "one-off" data that we collect on each motor, very little contact time to get the NEMA data we require.  We purchased this system to replace our dead IRD-838 strip chart recorder.  Wireless is a plus.  Problems we've had: the DAQ box to iPad cable does fail occasionally (tight turn, hangs out of the package, purchased replacements from GTI I believe) the accel has been roughed up a little but is built well overall.

We use 2140s for heavier analysis, balancing, onsite work, etc.  I have not used the GTI system outside of just-in-time generic route collection and printing.
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The Ipad cable to Daq box connection always irks me when I see it on this product as it looks like an obvious weak spot...well in the kinda plants I work in Quarrys and dairy plants(wet) 
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Electric motor repair shop here:

We use GTI for our final test run/acceptance testing on repairs.  User friendly, easy to use, easy to print "one-off" data that we collect on each motor, very little contact time to get the NEMA data we require.  We purchased this system to replace our dead IRD-838 strip chart recorder.  Wireless is a plus.  Problems we've had: the DAQ box to iPad cable does fail occasionally (tight turn, hangs out of the package, purchased replacements from GTI I believe) the accel has been roughed up a little but is built well overall.

We use 2140s for heavier analysis, balancing, onsite work, etc.  I have not used the GTI system outside of just-in-time generic route collection and printing.


I thought the balance program looked pretty nice on these. Does the 2140 balance program work better than GTI's? I really dislike the 2140 since you don't have the option of deleting a run and going backwards. This has caused a lot of problems through the years.
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We don't use the GTI balance program at the mothershop.  We have established balancing stands with legacy software already in place. 

We have a small, satellite shop that does use the GTI program to balance an assortment of small items, but I don't have any feedback from them on using that balance program.
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I have used the balancing program, it is VERY easy to use. I have only used it in the shop on the trainer I built as we don't do a lot of balancing, but it is very simple to use.
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Like HuskerTim, we use the GTI for final testing reports.  The only issue we have is the fact that a vast majority of our customers and many organizations who have vibration specs use velocity "peak" measurement.  While you can special request that GTI calibrate to peak rather than rms, all of the screens and printouts are hardcoded to say "rms" regardless of what it is calibrated to. 
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Shurafa

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For the vibration and balancing software, can the user load it on multiple tablets to be used on the same facility? Or each tab needs a new software? GTi has a good service of allowing the users to load the software free of charge in case of a damaged tab.

Of course, the necessary hardware needs to be purchased.

Regards- Ali M. Al-Shurafa
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The software can be loaded to numerous ipads, we have eight.
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