Equipment creates vibration when in operation. Most vibration can be dissipated from the equipment, if installed properly. A good installation would include a properly sized foundation mass, specific to the equipment being installed. Epoxy equipment grout is important to the success of the installation. A good epoxy equipment grout will form a positive bond between the equipment and the foundation, providing a pathway for vibration to travel.
Grout is the effective conduit transferring unwanted vibrations form the equipment to the foundation. A good epoxy grout is a vital component for vibration transfer.
A cement gout is good for static loads only. Cement will not resist any lateral or horizontal forces.
Epoxy grout has excellent adhesion properties to both concrete and steel. Epoxy grout is the only equipment setting material with the ability to resist vertical, horizontal, and axial forces.
Vibration in equipment causes premature wear on bearings, seals and other components causing increased down time. Vibration will make the equipment less reliable and decrease its overall lifespan.
You can reduce vibration in the equipment by properly transferring the vibration out of the machine to a properly sized foundation. This should be done through use of epoxy grout material.
A monolithic structure is one that operates as a whole. When epoxy grout is placed between concrete and a steel base plate, a monolithic structure is formed.
Vibration cannot jump or be transferred across an air gap. It is important to have a positive bond between the foundation and the baseplate. This can only be done with epoxy grout systems.
Vibration cannot jump or transfer across a cold joint in concrete.
If you don’t get the vibration transferred out of the rotating equipment, the result is premature bearing and seal failures. This will result in an unreliable piece of equipment.
If you properly get the vibration out of the equipment, its reliability will increase by a factor of 8 to 10 times.
The means of transmitting vibration is the epoxy grout. Epoxy grout acts as the conduit to transfer vibration from the equipment to the foundation where it can be dissipated.
If you don’t get the vibration out of the equipment, it will fail prematurely. Once you have vibration, it will compound until the equipment has failed.
If multiple equipment is set on the same foundation, one piece of equipment can pollute the other piece of equipment causing a sympathetic vibration.
Multiple concrete pours are not recommended as there will be a cold joint between pours and vibration will not transfer across a cold joint.