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Vibration - Instrumentation

A review of a number of options for vibration instrumentation.  Hand-held sound level meters are considered elsewhere.

Before reading on please see our Terms and Conditions.  It might be helpful to look at possible instruments for some relatively common vibration measurement tasks. Please note that in the following sections

  • the options have been restricted to self contained battery powered instruments only; there are many and varied PC based options, which we will go into at a later date.
  • the lists are not exhaustive so please e-mail with any errors or omissions
  • The entry for a task is probably the minimum specification of instrument, from the manufacturers range, which is suitable for the task.
  • Depending on the standard, a calibrator is probably not required, but may be of assistance.
  • Due to its specialist nature, instrumentation for condition monitoring will be detailed at a later date.
  • The number of channels of vibration measurement are shown in brackets; generally speaking the more the better, up to four channels.

Task E
Measurements are probably being made of blasting, piling or explosive demolition to determine the likelihood of building damage.  In the UK the procedure would follow BS.7385.

Task F
Measurements being made either within housing or on housing sites of various vibration sources to determine the likelihood of disturbance to residents.  In the UK this would be using BS.6472.

Task G
Measurements of Hand Arm Vibration using the methodology of ISO 5349 Part 1 or BS 6842 (in UK). 

Task H
Measurements of Whole Body Vibration using methodology of ISO 2631 Part 1, relating to impairment of task performance and inducement of back pain.

Selection
Check with the suppliers listed in our directory if the following instrumentation is suitable for the task you have in mind.

Manufacturer

Task E
BS7385

Task F
BS6472

Task G
BS6842

Task H
ISO2631

Walesch

Vibras(36)

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Castle

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GA2003 (1)
GA2001 (3)

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01dB

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Maestro (1-4)

Svantek

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912A/AE (1-4)

Larson Davis

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2900 (1)

HVM100(3)

Norsonic

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110 (1)

Bruel & Kjaer

2260 (1)

2260 (1)

2537 (1)

2260 (1)

Instantel

Minimate (3)

Minimate (3)

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Vibrock

801 (3)

VDM (3)

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Magus

V/sound (3)

V/sound (3)

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IFCO

VM system

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