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electricpete

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What tips/tricks do you wish someone had showed you when you were starting out?

I am brand new to this software (coming from Emonitor). I am particularly interested in basic things to make it easier to navigate around, not really fancy things.  (I don't understand autoplot, jumps etc and not sure I want to… just trying to get my feet on the ground to efficiently do the basic tasks at this point).  I am slowly learning by poking around the software and help. I also scanned all the threads in this CSI subforum of machineryanalysis... picking up a lot of good stuff from that.  Hoping to further leverage the great knowledge here.  

Here are a few of the things I found so far that I think will be useful for me:

  • ] and [  hot keys - jumps to the next and previous peak in the spectrum.  (saves using the left/right arrow which takes longer… and also saves the hassle of trying to click exactly on a peak, which can be difficult especially in higher res.
  • Z and R hotkeys - My routine for viewing a spectrum that I want to study carefully with precise order labels:find the 1x peak. press Z (to locate peak exactly)  press R (to set RPM reference), then press Enter to accept the suggested 1x frequency.   (if you don't utilize CSI's frequency interpolation by pressing Z before you set your RPM/order reference, then you're carelessly throwing away a ton of potentially-useful frequency precision imo).

 

General question: What kinds of tips do you have for an AMS beginner?
Specific question:  is there a way to adjust the threshold for peaks selectable by the ] and [ hotkeys?  (it works for large peaks but not small peaks... sometimes I'd like to get my cursor on lower magnitude peaks).

 

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You can get a list of all of the hotkeys from the navigation menu on the side.  Unfortunately you can't change the threshold for peak jump
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... sometimes I'd like to get my cursor on lower magnitude peaks).

Try the "Ctrl --->"  and "Ctrl <---" hot keys for this.  Note that there's a limit to the left and right in frequency range.

Also, try the "X" hotkey (Next Harmonic Family).   I immediately use it on just about every spectra.  Picks out v-belt frequencies with ease.  Helpful when you think you see a bad bearing, but don't know the actual bearing info, or don't have it setup in your fault frequencies ("L" key).

The "C' key changes the cursor from "single, harmoic, sideband" quickly.   Use the "Z" and "A" keys before using the "C" key to switch to sidebands.

When looking at just the spectra data, I use the "S" key to quickly peak at the waveform, then hit the "F" key to go back to the spectra.

Use the "L" and "Alt-L" to look at your fault frequencies you've setup. 

Use the "Q" key to switch frequency units (I'm order based most of the time).

All of these hotkeys go back to the MS-DOS days of CSI's MasterTrend software, when there was no mouse to move around with.  Hotkeys are great for analysis, much more efficient than using the mouse or touch pad. 

 

 

 

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Try the "Ctrl --->"  and "Ctrl <---" hot keys for this.  Note that there's a limit to the left and right in frequency range.

Also, try the "X" hotkey (Next Harmonic Family).   I immediately use it on just about every spectra.  Picks out v-belt frequencies with ease.  Helpful when you think you see a bad bearing, but don't know the actual bearing info, or don't have it setup in your fault frequencies ("L" key).

The "C' key changes the cursor from "single, harmoic, sideband" quickly.   Use the "Z" and "A" keys before using the "C" key to switch to sidebands.

When looking at just the spectra data, I use the "S" key to quickly peak at the waveform, then hit the "F" key to go back to the spectra.

Use the "L" and "Alt-L" to look at your fault frequencies you've setup. 

Use the "Q" key to switch frequency units (I'm order based most of the time).

All of these hotkeys go back to the MS-DOS days of CSI's MasterTrend software, when there was no mouse to move around with.  Hotkeys are great for analysis, much more efficient than using the mouse or touch pad. 

 

 

 



They are most of the ones I use. I also use keys 1 & 2 to switch between acceleration and velocity. 3 also switches to displacement if you need to use it. Also using Ctrl - 1, 2, 3 etc. will change between different types of plots like single plot, multiple points etc.

I use alot of hot keys and not the mouse so much as I began using Mastertrend 3.1 which dos based so hot keys were the way to go. There is a hot keys list you can print off. I used to keep a copy taped to my monitor when I was learning.

Another tip I would like to share is to avoid using RBMview if you can. I think its more hassle than its worth.
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hot key list attached

 
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Hi Pete,

The good and bad thing about the VA tab compared to Plot Data is that in the VA tab there are so many options to how you can view your data. You could spend ages playing around. Attached is a document I wrote for the base set up of MHM, this was when I had a lot of remote sites using MHM and wanted everyone singing from the same hymn sheet.

Have a look at the attached.

Cheers
James

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electricpete

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Thanks for all the tips….Those are really helpful. Keep 'em coming.

The list of hotkeys is handy.  I'm going to print that out and keep it at my desk. There's a whole lot of things in there and I haven't quite figured out which I need it.

I already had been using C to toggle cursor and the A to set reference. Somehow I hadn't picked up on Q to toggle horizontal freQuency units  or L to display/cycle the fauLt frequency markers (I had been wasting my time right-clicking).  And I had no idea what neXt harmonic family was (X), but it seems very handy to easily find/show the families of harmonics/sidebands… we didn't have any feature like that in Emonitor.

 I think we did not purchase RBMview.   Sounds like I'm not missing much there.

Also I have no idea what PlotData is (or autoplot for that matter).  Is it an extra module? Does it give me anything usefult hat I can't get working with the normal plots in the vibration analysis tab?

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