Wobulator or Shaker Table?

Tools for Proximity Probe Loop Checks

The Modal Shop’s Portable Vibration Calibrator shaker table is often referred to as a wobulator or wobble plate. Although the Portable Vibration Calibrator is a useful tool for calibrating and loop-checking proximity probes, it is not actually a wobulator. The wobulator is a clever device that’s been around for decades. The Modal Shop's portable shaker is ideal for checking and calibrating accelerometers, velocity transducers, proximity probes, and more. Both simulate shaft vibration for testing proximity probes, detecting cabling errors, and verifying the proper operation of alerts and alarms through an entire measurement chain.

So, what are the major differences? A key advantage of using a Portable Vibration Calibrator instead of a wobulator for proximity probe end-to-end testing or calibration is ease-of-use. The technician can complete 10-point tests in a matter of minutes. No more spinning a plate with a finger to adjust displacement – instead set displacement electronically with the turn of a dial. Take a look at the chart below for more details.

Bently Nevada™
TK-3 or TK3-2E
The Modal Shop
Portable Vibration Calibrator
9100D or 9110D
pvc wobulator product 19100d portable shaker table product 1
Used only to Test Proximity ProbesTests proximity probes, accelerometers (IEPE, charge, current line drive and modulated current), velocity transducers (seismic, moving coil self-generating, 4-20 mA transmitters, etc.)
Motor-driven wobble plateDriven by electrodynamic shaker controlled via quartz reference accel (NIST traceable)
1.00" (25 mm) static range using micrometer spindle1.00" (25 mm) static range using micrometer
Up to 10 mils (254 μm) dynamic range using wobble plateUp to 50 mils (1270 μm) dynamic range using shaker
Runs on compressed air or line powerRuns on battery (up to 18 hrs) or line power via universal charger
Removable spindle micrometer assemblyDifferent adaptors support proximity probes with threads ranging from ¼" to ¾" (5 mm to 18 mm) including probes in ½" stinger sleeve housing, such as 9100‑PPA01 or ‑MPPA01, ‑PPA03, ‑PPA05, ‑PPA11, ‑PPA16, and 9100‑PPASH
Static curves are done manuallyStatic curves are entered manually in the supplied Microsoft Excel® workbook
Dynamic curves cannot be createdDynamic linearity and frequency response curves are created semi-automatically using  the supplied Microsoft Excel® workbook (no manual data entry)
–––Programmability of repetitive tests (CalRoute) using the supplied Microsoft Excel® workbook
–––Pass/Fail indication (only 9110D)
–––Sensitivity displayed in real time (only 9110D)
Relies on voltmeter or dial gauge for dynamic vibration settingClosed-loop control eases the setting of speed and amplitude
–––Memory for CalRoute (6 tests) and saves 500 calibration records, exports via USB drive
API-670 compliant static curves
Optional NIST-traceable dial micrometer for known dynamic displacement measurement
API-670 compliant static curves, NIST traceable calibration certificates using the supplied Microsoft Excel® workbook via ISO 16063-21 methodology
–––Supplied with A2LA accredited to ISO 17025 calibration certificate
–––Enables on-site calibration and connection to reference accel for sensitivity check and drift

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