For reducing vibration and noise in rotatory equipment

An Anderon meter is a device for measuring bearing vibration characteristics. With the demand for energy conservation in all fields, the reduction of vibration and noise in rotary equipment, including motors, is becoming increasingly important. The most important determining factors in the vibration level of rotary equipment are the vibration characteristics of the bearings incorporated in the equipment. The prior screening of bearings, according to the vibration characteristics required by devices, is an extremely effective technique for achieving the following goals: the high efficiency of built-in motors, noise reduction in home appliances such as air conditioning units or vacuum cleaners, and the lifespan improvement of cooling blowers.
Rotating the inner bearing ring at 1800 r/min, vibration in the radial direction of the outer ring is detected with a velocity sensor and quantified in Anderon.

Anderon Meter – Features

  • Accurately measures bearing vibration levels and quantifies this in Anderon units (*1) at high levels of reproducibility.
  • By changing attachments, a single Anderon meter can be used to measure bearings ranging from ultra-small (with an inner diameter of 1 mm), to medium-sized (with an outer diameter of 100 mm).
  • Conforms to the measurement conditions specified in ISO15242-2:2015.
  • The use of a fluid dynamic spindle ensures background noise of 0.1 Anderon or less (= 0.77 μm/s or less).
  • The proprietary Pusher (a device that applies axial load to the outer ring) does not require any specific skills by the person performing the measurements. The obtained data are always highly reproducible.
  • The compact design allows for a table-top set-up.

(*1: The Anderon meter was proposed by Chaney et al. from the U.S. in a 1944 paper as a device for measuring the vibration of rotating bearings. The “Anderon measurement” and “Anderon value” defined in this paper are the most standardized concepts for evaluating bearing vibration characteristics.

Bearing Quality Control Through Use of Anderon Meter

Abnormal noise emanating from rotational equipment using rolling bearings is generated by the damage or contamination of those bearings. This type of noise can be prevented by screening bearings before incorporating them in the device. The reduction of device rejection rates through the prior screening of bearings has a major financial effect.
Measuring a few hundred bearings used in a device will clarify the standard for the truly tolerated vibration level of the bearings incorporated in that device.

Achieving increased precision

Grade the bearings by vibration characteristics (Anderon value + peak characteristics). Perform abnormal noise tests on devices incorporating these graded bearings, and study the correlation between test results and used bearings. This makes it possible for the bearing vibration characteristics required for a device to be determined with accuracy.

Vibration Detection Principles and Product Range

An Arbor, designed so that its tip matches the inner diameter of the bearing to be measured, is fitted to the spindle, and the spindle is rotated at 1800 r/min. The bearing inner ring is inserted into the Arbor tip, and the inner ring is rotated at 1800 r/min.
A Pusher Head, designed to match the outer diameter of the bearing to be measured, is fitted to the Pusher. By applying force on the outer ring in the axial direction with the Pusher, the rotation of the outer ring is stopped.
A situation is thus created where the inner ring rotates while the outer ring does not. By bringing a probe into contact with the surface of the outer ring, which is not rotating, the degree of vibration in the radial direction of the outer ring is detected.

Anderon Meter - Vibration Detection Part

An Anderon meter is composed of four elements and an Arbor and a Pusher Head, which are described as follows.

Drive Unit

Rotates the inner bearing ring using the Arbor.


Applies axial load onto the outer ring using the Pusher Head, and stops the rotation of the outer ring.

Velocity Sensor

Brought into contact with the outer ring surface to detect vibration in the radial direction.

Anderon Analyzer

Applies an FFT analysis to velocity sensor signals and digitizes them for each band.

Anderon Meter System

Arbor and Pusher Head

One Arbor is required for each bearing inner diameter size, and one Pusher Head for each outer diameter size.

Anderon Analyzer ADA-105
Velocity Sensor ADS-101
Drive Unit ADM-103
Pusher ADP-20NX
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