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Why RDI’s IRIS M™ Motion Amplification™ is ESSENTIAL technology

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RDI’s IRIS M™ Motion Amplification™ takes Asset Management and Reliability to another level

Problem

The industrial landscape in Australasia is ultra-competitive with companies always looking for technologies that will propel them to best in class for their industry.

Solution

RDI’s IRIS M™ Motion Amplification™ is one of those ESSENTIAL technologies that will take your Asset Management and Reliability to another level.

  • IRIS M™ enables Proactive (Precision) Maintenance Reliability activities such as precision commissioning, precision installation and DEFECT ELIMINATION
  • Visualisation of the root cause of unacceptable vibration detected via routine and online PdM programs
  • Through visualisation, transition to root cause problem solving
  • IRIS M™ is the perfect tool for screening assets, fault finding, commissioning new assets, and pre/post repairs or retrofits
  • Communication tool between technical and non-technical personnel, enhancing the decision-making process

Contact sales@gvsensors.com.au to learn more about IRIS M™ Motion Amplification™

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Iris MX™ from RDI Technologies Wins Reliability Web’s Solution Award!

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Dr. Jeff Hay, CEO of RDI Technologies, accepts the Solution Award for Asset Condition Monitoring at the Reliability Conference in Seattle, WA for the Iris MX. #MotionAmplification.

RDI Technologies received the award for Asset Condition Management from Reliabilityweb.com, for the Iris MX. Since 2015, RDI Technologies has specialized in using machine vision technology to revolutionize the industrial sector. RDI Technologies developed and patented a technology platform called motion amplification that is capable of measuring vibration or displacement not visible to the human eye and then visualizing that motion to help customers solve the root cause of their problems. The award was accepted by Dr. Jeff Hay, CEO, Bob Wilson, President, and Jenna Johns, COO of RDI Technologies.Click here for the full press release from Reliabilityweb.com.

Cost Analysis of Utilising Motion Amplification Technology

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Evap Pumps — Motion Amplification Case Study — Cost Justification

At a continuous production plant a new installation of critical Motors and Pumps was signed off from the Projects Team to Operating Team as complete and in good order, ready to use in the process. However, bearing and coupling failures were occurring within 6 weeks of installation and continued for 12 months of operation resulting in 6 failures and 1 incident of reduced plant throughput.

Cause No. of Fails Costs Costs
Pump Seal Failure 2 £4800 seal & Labour x 2 £9600
Bearing Failures 4 £6825 (30% of ERV) x 4 £27,300
Plant on Half Rates 1 8Hrs x £5000 cost to biz £40,000
Total Cost to Business £76,900

Motion Amplification was deployed to review the machines and found the root cause of the issue within 15 minutes. The bases were poorly installed and of insufficient design quality. All 3 motors and pumps needed to come offline, be removed and have the bases remanufactured to ensure lower vibration levels and reliable continued operation. The visual side of the videos was key in proving the bases were poor.

Had Motion Amplification technology been utilised at the commissioning stage the poor installation of the pumps would not have been signed off for use on plant and the base improvement works would have been completed before completing commissioning and handing over to Operating Team.

Cost of Iris M Deployment at site – £27,475

Cost of Iris M Deployment at site £27,475
Cost of failures to business £76,900
Total Potential Cost Avoidance £49,425

The site has upwards of 800 machines with nearly 400 critical machines to which the plant will either reduce to half rates or complete stop if failure conditions arise unexpectedly. While CM is used to avoid rapidly arising issues, MA is now used to ensure a minimum of human error during the commissioning phase, integrity during normal conditions and root cause analysis when repeat problems arise.

MX new high speed camera

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RDI Technologies adds high-speed camera solution to its revolutionary
Iris M product line

 

New Iris MX camera allows acquisition at a higher frame rate with a full field of view in HD

The new Iris MX expands on the revolutionary Iris M product capabilities to open the world of Motion Amplification to high-speed applications. Like the Iris M, the Iris MX utilizes the millions of pixels in today’s modern cameras to measure deflection, displacement, movement, and vibration not visible to the human eye. The Iris M software converts those millions of pixels into individual data points, measuring extremely small vibrations or motions with a high degree of accuracy. It then displays the results in an amplified video that brings the problems to live in a visual form, seeing truly is believing. The Iris M covers a large percentage of faults at a plant, but now with the Iris MX, we can visualize a broader range of fault types.

The Iris MX utilizes the same software as the Iris M and is plug and play with current user’s software. RDI Technologies has combined the ability to reach 1,400 frames per second in HD resolution with their seamless user intuitive software opening possibilities in the industrial market beyond current technologies.

“As the user base of the Iris M has grown, so has the use cases,” said Jeff Hay, CEO of RDI Technologies. The Iris MX is the result of that. The Iris MX can see frequencies much higher than the Iris M and capable of imaging machinery in a large field of view at those higher frequencies. Faults typical in turbomachinery, blade pass frequencies and higher orders of synchronous machinery can all be imaged at a larger frame size. If you need higher speed, we have you covered.

You can view more about this product on our Iris MX Spec Sheet

IRIS M: ‘Motion Studio’ Update

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Brand New Software Features for IRIS M, Motion Amplification Software.

GVS Reliability Products and Optical Motion Technologies have some great news regarding advances in the IRIS M, Motion Amplification system! To learn more, see below for the entire press release from RDI founder and CEO, Jeff Hay.

IRIS M: ‘Motion Studio’ Update

RDI Technologies is excited to announce a new update for the Iris M, Motion Studio. This software update brings new video editing capabilities to the Iris M. Create videos that are more powerful than ever with the Iris M in this new application.

Click on the following  video link to learn more.

Some notable features include:

  • Motion Studio – Motion Studio brings video editing capability into the RDI software suite. Movie projects can be created using previously created MP4 videos, photos, images, and text slides. All content can be annotated during the creation of the movie project. Effects such as fade-in and fade-out are also supported.
  • Composite Content – Motion Studio supports Composite Items in its movie projects. These composite items allow up to four different videos or images to be displayed at once. This may be used to display different views of an asset at the same time. It can also be used to show before and after videos simultaneously.
  • Enhanced Annotations – The annotation capabilities of Motion Amplification have been significantly enhanced for Version 2.3. Image annotations are supported and these annotations allow the display of images in the main workspace. Plot annotations are also supported, and these annotations allow plots associated with defined ROIs to be displayed in the workspace.
  • Enhanced MP4 Export – The export capabilities of Motion Amplification in Version 2.3 include the ability to add plots to the exported video. A preview of the video to be exported is also supported. The ability to control the layout of the export content is also included.

 

 

Regards,

Jeff Hay, Ph.D.

Founder & CEO

RDI Technologies Inc.

www.rditechnologies.com

RDI’s Motion Amplification

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RDI’s Motion AmplificationTM, finding a better way to detect premature failures!

RESULTS

  • Captured Motion AmplificationTM (MA) videos and diagnosed the fault in the field within 1 hour
  • Visualisation of the root cause (coupling wear, loose hold down bolts and failed welds) of the high axial vibration that had been difficult to identify with traditional vibration analysis techniques
  • Remediation work during a low load period reduced the high axial vibration at the fan drive end bearing by more than 70%
  • Solution implemented at a time when substantial

“Motion Amplification technology allowed us to identify movement in the bearing pedestal…With this knowledge and by calculating the predicted failure date the fan was proactively removed from service to repair during low load periods.”

Maintenance Engineering Lead

COMPANY

Power Generator

LOCATION

Australia

PROBLEM

There are two Induced Draft (ID) Fans critical to the operation of each 700+ megawatt turbo generator at this Power Station. Staff had been monitoring a steady increase in axial vibration at the Fan Drive End Bearing of one of the two ID Fans for Unit 3 turbo generator. The axial vibration amplitude had increased from 1.75 mm/sec RMS to 8.5 mm/sec RMS over a 2-month period. The vibration analysts were finding it difficult to identify the root cause of the increasing trend and noise coming from the coupling through traditional vibration analysis techniques. Historically this type of fault would have been left to run to failure resulting in a $70k/hour loss of generating revenue for the business.

SOLUTION

In alliance with the generator’s engineering team a leading global consulting company, ALS Industrial, applied RDI’s Motion AmplificationTM (MA) technology to help solve the emerging ID Fan problem. From arriving at the location of the ID Fan in the power station, setting up the video camera and acquiring several MA videos it took less than one hour. This hour included the time to analyse the results all of which was done in the field. The MA videos helped identify several problems including: coupling wear and movement on the shaft, bearing housing hold down bolt looseness, frame pedestal bolt looseness and cracked welds between the bearing housing spacer block and fan drive bearing pedestal. During a low load period and a 300MW restriction the coupling, bearing housing and bearing pedestal issues identified were rectified. When the fan was returned to service the high axial motion and vibration had been reduced by more than 70% and was now 0.6 mm/sec RMS. The solution to this problem was expedited and better understood through the application of RDI’s Motion AmplificationTM technology.
View the before and after video at this link along with a full range of case studies at this link.