In this paper Wavelet Transform (WT) and Hilbert-Huang Transform (HHT) are used as bearing diagnostics tools in drives executing arbitrary motion profiles. This field is increasingly drawing the attention of the industries because the modern electric motors work as electric cams inducing the shaft to move with a cyclic variable-velocity profile. The literature papers take into account only a constant velocity profile and they are not suitable for such applications. In fact literature methods analyse the signal only in the frequency domain, while in variable-velocity condition the bearing diagnostics should be performed in time domain. Both WT and HHT are time-frequency techniques which describe an input signal as a sum of specific functions. These functions are compared with a signal which simulates the expected vibrations of a bearing with a given fault, e.g. on the outer race. The comparison is done through a cross-correlation between the expected signal and the time-frequency techniques output. WT and HHT are used separately in an industrial case, which consists in bearing fault prediction in an automated packaging machine. In the end of the paper the WT and HHT results are discussed to analyse the different responses.

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