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We solve customers’ machinery problems with expert advice based on sound engineering principles, our knowledge of modern rotordynamics, and decades of practical experience. Our Machinery Diagnostics Services (MDS) organization is recognized as an industry leader and a trusted source of deep knowledge on machinery behavior. Customized diagnostic service programs are offered based on your needs.

Our capabilities include:

  • Machinery Malfunction Diagnostics
  • Rotordynamic Modeling and Design Consultation
  • Field Balancing
  • Remote Diagnostics
  • Alignment Services
  • Torsional Vibration Analysis
  • Piping and Structural Vibration Analysis
  • Predictive Maintenance (PdM)
  • Bearing Design Evaluation and Diagnostics
  • Shop Acceptance Testing
  • Field Commissioning Services
  • Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action Determination
  • Post-Failure Analysis
  • On-site Data Collection and Evaluation
We provide an unbiased, independent perspective for all machinery, regardless of manufacturer. Contact us to discuss your needs at
+1 (775) 552-3112

About Our MDS Experts...

Richard Thomas

Richard has 40 years of rotating equipment experience in industry and currently holds the position of Principal Engineer for SETPOINT MDS Services.  Prior to his current position, his work experience included 11 years as a rotating equipment engineer in the petrochemical industry; 17 years in the Engineering Services Department of Bently Nevada Corporation where he held various field and management positions; 6 years as the Global Services Manager for RoMaDyn Corporation, and 2 years as the Global Services Manager for Metrix.

Richard received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University in 1975 and is registered as a Professional Engineer in the states of Nevada and Louisiana. He has published several papers relating to machinery diagnostics and machinery management. He is a member of ASME, as well as Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma Engineering Honor Societies.


  1. “Back to Basics – The Importance of Transient Data Analysis”;, Proceedings of the 18th Annual Meeting of the Vibration Institute; Hershey, PA; June 1994
  2. “The Importance of Transient Data Analysis”; Orbit Magazine, September 1995, pp 16-22.
  3. “A Brief Review of the History of Fluid Film Bearing Lubrication Principles”, ISROMAC 10, Paper 036, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2003
  4. “Mechanical Behavior of a 9.7 MW Induction Motor Under Fault Conditions – A Case History”,  33rd Annual Turbomachinery Symposium, September 2004, Houston, TX
  5. “No Vibration – No Problem:  Or is There?”, Canadian Machinery Vibration Association Annual Seminar; Vancouver, B.C.; Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2006
  6. “A Short Course in the Practical Application of Rotordynamics as a Tool for Machinery Diagnostics”; Canadian Machinery Vibration Association Annual Seminar; Vancouver, B.C., Canada; October 2009
  7. “The Importance of Shaft Centerline Data”, Turbomachinery International Magazine, May/June 2011, Vol. 52, No. 3, pages 30 – 33.
  8. “Back to Basics – Transient and Steady State Vibration Analysis of Critical Rotating Machinery”; Canadian Machinery Vibration Association Annual Seminar; Niagara Falls, ON, Canada; October 2012.
  9. “Back to Basics - Rubbing or Not?”; Houston Chapter Vibration Institute; Houston, TX; April 2015


Peyton Swan

Peyton has 33 years of rotating equipment experience currently holds the position of Manager Global Machinery Diagnostic Services for SETPOINT MDS Services in Tampa, Florida.

Prior to his current position, Peyton spent 5 years as the Manager Global Machinery Diagnostic Services for RoMaDyn Corporation and 16 years with Bently Nevada’s Machinery Diagnostic Services department helping customers solve vibration problems on large rotating machinery. Additionally, Peyton was the Machinery Diagnostics Service Manager for the Southeastern region for Bently Nevada. He has also held various other positions with Bently Nevada including Principal MDS Engineer; Aeroderivative Research Project Leader; Diagnostics Team Leader and other field engineering positions.

Peyton has also served as a design engineer for the Ohio Class ballistic missile submarines while with General Dynamics Electric Boat Division and as a field hardware engineer refurbishing the space shuttle solid rocket boosters for United Space Boosters, Inc.

Peyton received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida in 1982 and holds a Professional Engineering license in the state of Florida. He is the author of several papers on rotating machinery diagnostics. 


  1. “Transient Data Reveals Source of Compressor Vibration”, Orbit Magazine, March 1997
  2. “Torsional Vibration Problems with a Synchronous Motor”, Orbit Magazine, March 1997
  3. “Thermal Sensitivity Vibration Characteristics of Large Electric Motor Compressor Drivers”, Compressor Tech Magazine, July 1999
  4. “Improved Vibration Monitoring on Aeroderivative Gas Generators with Internal Transducers”; ASME publication 2001-GT-30
  5. “Measuring Shaft Absolute Vibration”; Turbomachinery International Vol.47 No.1 January 2006, pg 35.
  6. “The Need for Speed”; Turbomachinery International, May/June 2006, pg 36.
  7. “Impact of Wireless Laser Based Shaft Alignment Systems on Vibration and STG Coupling Failure”; ASME Publication Power2007-22038
  8. “Identifying Rotor Bows”; Turbomachinery International, February/March 2007, pg 38.


Ned Endres

Ned has 35 years of rotating equipment experience currently holds the position of Senior MDS Representative for SETPOINT MDS Services in Cincinnati, OH.    

Previously, Ned worked for RoMaDyn Corporation in the Machinery Diagnostic Services Department as well as for Bently Nevada as a Regional MDS Service Manager and Regional MDS Technical Lead. His background includes several technical positions in manufacturing industries and mechanical engineering consulting concerns. Ned has been actively involved in the field of vibration analysis and machinery diagnostics since 1980.   Ned is a graduate of Michigan Technological University with a Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics and a Bachelors of Science in Applied Physics from Michigan Tech.



  1. “Acoustic and Vibration Analysis of Fluid Induced Blower and Piping Unwanted Motion”, Proceedings of ASME 2011 Pressure Vessels and Piping Division Conference.
  2. “Identification of Abnormal Rotor Dynamic Stiffness Using Measured Vibration Information and Analytical Modeling”, Proceedings of ASME Power 2009
  3. “Vibration Monitoring System Integrity Subtly Affects Vibration Symptoms and Impacts Machinery Malfunction Diagnosis”, Proceedings of ASME Power 2008
  4. “Impact of Wireless Laser Based Shaft Alignment on Vibration and STG Coupling Failures”, Proceedings of ASME Power 2007
  5. “Machinery-health Monitoring Helps Plants Achieve Financial Goals”, Combined Cycle Journal, Third Quarter Issue, 2006
  6. "Composite Space Antenna Structures: Properties and Environmental Effects", SAMPE, May/June 1987, Vol 23, No 3., Pg. 59-66.
  7. “Composite Space Antenna Structures Properties and Environmental Effects”, NASA Technical Memorandum 88859, 1986.
  8. "Elastic Stress Wave Propagation in Underground Hardrock Mining", U.S. Bureau of Mines final grant report, (co-authored), 1983.