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Shock and Vibration
Volume 2016, Article ID 6723605, 18 pages
Research Article

Fuzzy Multicriteria Model for Selection of Vibration Technology

1Technical School of Industrial Engineering, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Avenida Camilo José Cela, s/n, 13071 Ciudad Real, Spain
2Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Avenida Rovisco Pais 1, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal

Received 6 January 2016; Revised 21 March 2016; Accepted 30 March 2016

Academic Editor: Lorenzo Dozio

Copyright © 2016 María Carmen Carnero. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The benefits of applying the vibration analysis program are well known and have been so for decades. A large number of contributions have been produced discussing new diagnostic, signal treatment, technical parameter analysis, and prognosis techniques. However, to obtain the expected benefits from a vibration analysis program, it is necessary to choose the instrumentation which guarantees the best results. Despite its importance, in the literature, there are no models to assist in taking this decision. This research describes an objective model using Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process (FAHP) to make a choice of the most suitable technology among portable vibration analysers. The aim is to create an easy-to-use model for processing, manufacturing, services, and research organizations, to guarantee adequate decision-making in the choice of vibration analysis technology. The model described recognises that judgements are often based on ambiguous, imprecise, or inadequate information that cannot provide precise values. The model incorporates judgements from several decision-makers who are experts in the field of vibration analysis, maintenance, and electronic devices. The model has been applied to a Health Care Organization.