Advancing balancing machine technology: A cost-effective solution for laboratory and small-medium enterprises

Authors

  • Mohd Firdaus Hassan Faculty of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering Technology, Universiti Malaysia Pahang Al-Sultan Abdullah, 26600 Pekan, Pahang, Malaysia. Phone: +6094316214; Fax: +609424222
  • Syazani Mohd Sanosi Faculty of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering Technology, Universiti Malaysia Pahang Al-Sultan Abdullah, 26600 Pekan, Pahang, Malaysia. Phone: +6094316214; Fax: +609424222
  • Ja'afar Othman Micro Precision Engineering Sdn. Bhd. No. 2, Jalan Mega A, Taman Industri Mega, 435000 Semenyih, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Mohd Shahrul Azmi Mohamad Yusoff SIRIM Berhad, Lot PT 5285, Off Lebuhraya Puchong - Sungai Besi, 57000 Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.15282/jmes.17.4.2023.7.0771

Keywords:

Horizontal balancing machine, modal analysis, rotordynamics, balancing process

Abstract

Small-medium enterprises (SMEs) that provide maintenance services to power plant companies, notably on rotor components, encounter a significant challenge in balancing. The main concern is the high cost associated with outsourcing balancing services. The absence of portable balancing machines requires transporting components back to the workshop, resulting in substantial downtime lasting weeks before reinstallation. This paper presents a DIY-compatible balancing machine design and its assembly process, which can be applied to various balancing processes. The design primarily emphasizes mechanical aspects, excluding measurement and instrumentation components, which can be obtained or developed based on the user's software proficiency. The actual expenditure for developing this balancing machine is approximately RM11,698.00. In the development process, benchmarking, concept scoring, functionality evaluations, dynamic analysis, and ideation for workable balancing machine concepts were all involved. The modal analysis demonstrates that the first natural frequency at 279.5 Hz (equivalent to 16,770 rpm) is significantly higher than the motor's excitation frequency, which reaches a maximum speed of around 2800 rpm (46.67 Hz). This result indicates that the dynamic behaviour of the balancing machine does not significantly affect the dynamic results of the rotor balancing process.

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Published

2023-12-28

How to Cite

[1]
M. F. Hassan, S. Mohd Sanosi, J. Othman, and M. S. A. Mohamad Yusoff, “Advancing balancing machine technology: A cost-effective solution for laboratory and small-medium enterprises”, JMES, pp. 9742–9752, Dec. 2023.