Tracking and balancing rotating systems along multiple axes represents one of the most difficult procedures conducted by maintenance personnel. Though current track and balance equipment has been adequate in providing information on vibration levels and phase angles, it has been ineffective in providing maintenance solutions that are easy and quick to implement and consistently reduce vibration levels below acceptable standards.
Even though the same equipment and solution output is used by both experienced and inexperienced mechanics alike, great disparity exists in the amount of time taken between the two groups to achieve acceptable vibration levels before the aircraft can be released for mission duty.Additionally, parts such as rotor blades, hub assemblies and bearings without any noticeable flaws or defects, are often unnecessarily replaced and sent back to depot, with expensive replacements requested.
The consequences of higher vibration levels is the reduced useful life of the platform, its avionics/equipment and related sub-systems. This also creates higher and more costly maintenance requirements, diminishes safety of flight for crews, reduces mission readiness and increases the total cost of ownership (TCO).
Through nearly two decades of research and development, IVT's Founder and Chief Technologist, Norman Serrano, identified key mathematical errors in the processing algorithms used in all current track and balancing equipment.
As a result, our patented physics engine calculates an optimal single type of adjustment per run for data collected, incorporating advanced, platform and platform specific mathematical algorithms to formulate an optimal working solution for each device being balanaced. Furthermore, as a learning algorithm, VIBS adapts, calculating quicker and more accurate solutions with continued use. The result is that VIBS leads to better and faster balancing solutions than any platform on the market today.
For example, on helicopters, statistically pitch link adjustments are performed in error more often than any other adjustment type (the second highest being trim tabs). The VIBS single-adjustment approach, coupled with its patented learning algorithm and error-checking routines, collects and analyzes vibration magnitude, phase angle, tracking, lead-lag measurements, balance weights and other relevant data to calculate the optimal single-adjustment recommendation.
IVT’s patented Vibration Intelligent Balancing Solution (VIBS) solves for these errors and provides balancing solutions that are up to 70% faster and 90% more accurate than any other current technology.