What Australasian Asset Managers, Reliability Engineers and Condition Monitoring Professionals are saying about RDI Technologies Motion Amplification®.
The Motion Amplification® Systems produced by RDI Technologies are globally renowned as revolutionary and game changing. Known for their reliable equipment and consistent software updates to keep technicians at the top of their game, RDI Technologies is committed to continually developing products such as the IRIS M™, IRIS CM™ and Motion Amplification® software platform using the latest technology.
Condition Monitoring Team Leader from AGL Loy Yang, Peter Fanning shared his experience with the technology and gave praise to RDI in a recent statement, as well commenting on the compact and easy set-up of the system; “This has proved to be a great assistance to rectifying a long-term plant issue. After only a short set up time it confirmed our vibration and phase measurement’s without physically touching the plant.”
Watch the video below to read more reviews from engineers and technicians across Australasia in their experiences with RDI’s Motion Amplification® technology.
Introducing Motion Amplification® Software 3.1Over the past few months, we have focused on bringing yet another exciting update to our loyal user base of the Iris M™, Iris MX™, and Iris CM™. This release is full of new features and functionality focused on expanding the capabilities of Motion Amplification® and making the software easier to use. What is exciting about this release is that it is primarily focused on implementing functionality based on customer feedback. It is full of new and easier ways to collect and process data, and here are just a few highlights.
All New High-Density Recordings (HDR) – HDR mode is now a part of Motion Amplification® analysis and no longer requires a special acquisition mode. Even better, all recordings are backward compatible. Easily achieve videos with more precise movement and detail and see unparalleled time resolution in video playback!
Photron and Vision Research Cameras – With our new High-Speed Plugin Module you can now use a large selection of Photron and Vision Research cameras with Motion Amplification® Acquisition™. These cameras are plug and play and expand the options for high speed Motion Amplification®.
Triggering – Now in Acquisition, you can arm the camera with pre and post triggers. The camera will buffer the video and save the data that was collected before the record button was pressed. This makes capturing singular events easier than ever.
Live ROI – You no longer have to wonder how much something is moving before you press record. Now you can draw ROI’s and measure displacement right in Acquisition. This makes for a powerful feature coupled with live Motion Amplification®. Time waveforms and spectra are both shown.
60+ Usability and Workflow Changes – We have added over 60 new usability features and functionality changes that make your life easier, from selecting filtered data straight from the Motion Amplification® spectral peaks to auto thresholding. They are all designed to make the process faster and have been implemented based on direct customer feedback.
Major Iris CM Feature Additions – The Iris CM has seen a dramatic expansion of capability. Trigger options such as general purpose IEPE and 4-20 mA signals have been included. The Iris CM can be configured with a small form factor ruggedized PC that is scalable by networking multiple systems, making it easier than ever to deploy and interface.
Long Term Record – Have a process or motion that occurs over a long-time frame? Now you can set up your recording to capture over long time periods by setting frame rates to be seconds or minutes apart. You can easily set up recording for processes that take longer to measure.
Thresholding in Acquisition and 8-bit – Thresholding video is one of our most used features. This can now be done straight in Acquisition and with low dynamic range recording.
Export to a Single File with Compression – Now you can export all your data to a single file to transfer to another computer or drive more easily. That file can also be compressed for smaller file size.
We are excited to share the 3.1 features with you and want to give you an opportunity to learn about them. Join RDI CEO Jeff Hay at one of our upcoming webinars where he will explain how to use the features and what applications they have. Click on any of these links to schedule a time.
New Product, Iris CM™ from RDI Technologies Opens Up the World of Motion Amplification® to Continuous Monitoring.
In the reliability space a subset of all machines are monitoring continuously due to cost and criticality. For those that are monitored continuously, in many cases the alarms do not provide adequate information to understand what is happening and more information or a visit to the machine is still needed.
The Iris CM™ powered by Motion Amplification® changes the plant balance by allowing you to easily set up a continuous monitoring system and move it between assets as needed or easily integrate a camera based continuous monitoring solution to supplement single point sensors.
This greatly increases the number of machines that can affordably be monitored continuously and greatly advances the context and understanding of point-based sensors undergoing alarm. You can now remotely see the actual faults with Motion Amplification® software and solve the problems given the clarity of seeing the bigger picture.
Motion Amplification® is a proprietary video processing technique that detects subtle displacement and converts that movement to a level visible with the naked eye, enabling a dramatic visualisation of the movement. When you can see how the machine is moving, the source of most issues becomes clear.
The following webinar covers the basics of the Iris CM™, how it interfaces with existing sensors, how triggering enables advanced data capture, and use cases. Imagine having a tireless colleague that can watch your problem machines 24/7. A colleague with a photographic memory that can slow down motion, amplify it, and share that with your whole team.
Now you never have to miss getting the right data or guess what it means. And you don’t have to go to the plant at 2 am on Saturday night.
RDI’s anticipated version 3.0 Motion Amplification® update
GVS Reliability Productsand Optical Motion Technologiesare pleased to announce the newest update to the award-winning software for the Iris M™, Iris MX™ and Iris CM™ systems from RDI Technologies.
v3.0 is the culmination of some of the most significant advances in Motion Amplification® product
development during its meteoric rise in the world of Asset Management and Reliability Maintenance.
The v3.0 feature set goes beyond “SEEING IS BELIEVING” to “NOW I KNOW WHERE TO LOOK” with
extremely powerful diagnostic capability and efficiency – making your job even easier.
Some key features in the v3.0 Motion Amplification® update include:
Live Motion Amplification®: See Motion Amplification® video in real-time. Scan areas instantly to see what’s moving before even recording a video.
Motion Vectors: Place Motion Vectors anywhere in the video to easily understand motions and phase relationships.
Motion Map™: Show colorised image overlays of motion on the Motion Amplification® video.
Images can show the overall motion or any individual frequency in the video. Add transparency to combine the Motion Map™ and Motion Amplification® video.
Transient Motion Amplification®: A new Transient ROI type is available. It will track an object or part of an object across the entire frame, so the object doesn’t have to remain in the drawn
ROI in order to be tracked or have displacement calculated.
Notes from the Field – Commissioning New Equipment with IRIS M™ Motion Amplification
Commissioning a new piece of equipment is a stressful and exciting time for all parties involved. You have spent a lot of time on this process. You have worked hard on planning, money and time have been spent on construction, and of course the hard work and effort to put in the new equipment. The goal is to get the piece of equipment into production as quickly as possible. The challenge in commissioning is having the confidence that the new and unfamiliar piece of equipment is operating the way it’s designed.
When commissioning new equipment, there are a couple of items you want to determine. The first is what the new piece of equipment should be doing, building a baseline for future reference. The other is looking for defects or deficiencies that are the result of the manufacturing, engineering, or installation process of the equipment itself. These defects, deficiencies, installation, or design issues often result in excessive vibration that is most often detectable using Displacement or Velocity. Motion Amplification™ is the ideal technology for this because Motion Amplification™ is a displacement-based measurement and shows the movement in the above-mentioned defects very well. It shows ALL the movement, piping, wiring, base, grout, concrete, etc. For example, when commissioning a pump and motor we would typically take 10 vibration measurements on the bearing housings (4 horizontal, 4 vertical and 2 axial). It is possible for the discharge piping on an overhung pump to be resonant, but the pump NDE bearing vibration to be within spec. This resonant pipe could shorten bearing life, crack pipe supports, and cause much larger issues long after the equipment is commissioned. Issues like these are design or installation problems and should be handled by the installing contractor, or plant personnel before the equipment is put into service.
Motion Amplification™ is a great tool when commissioning a new piece of equipment. The videos show how the equipment is moving. This insight helps all parties communicate effectively through the commissioning and establishes a baseline of operation before the equipment is put into production.
Commissioning Case Example
A large multinational mining company purchased the IRIS M™ for the purpose of commissioning a new facility in Mexico. They were on a tight schedule to bring the new equipment online. Acceptance testing of all new assets included an assessment using IRIS M™ before site acceptance testing (SAT) sign off with the original equipment manufacturer (OEM).
Before and After Video description: This was a tank that they caught vibrating with the IRIS M. They notified the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the issue and the OEM stated there was no problem with the tank. Upon seeing the tank in the MA video, the OEM immediately acknowledged the problem and redesigned the tank.
GVS Reliability Products and Optical Motion Technologies is pleased to announce the newest update to the award-winning software for the Iris M™ and Iris MX™ systems from RDI Technologies. This new update will be available for all eligible customers. It will expand the use of Motion Amplification™ software to new applications and make it easier and more robust to use.
Key Features in the 2.5 Software Release
Analysis of Rotating Shafts: Several features related to the analysis of rotating shafts have been added including shaft inspection recordings, high-density recordings, shaft turning speed detection, shaft displacement measurements.
Enhanced MP4 Export: MP4 export now lets you specify the resolution format and quality of the video that is produced. Users will be able to select Full HD, HD, and SD formats enabling them to control the size and quality of the files.
Trim Recordings: Motion Amplification™ now supports the ability to trim unwanted content from existing recordings.
Relative Phase Calculations: Motion Amplification™ now supports relative phase calculations. Specify a phase reference and frequency of interest and relative phase values will be calculated for all of the displayed waveforms. This will allow the user to not only be able to see that an asset is out of phase but also calculate an exact number to pinpoint relative motion within the context of an image and more effectively find the fault.
Filtering: More efficient filtering options allow users to filter based on amplitude thresholds and isolation of peaks using a graphical interface.
Batch Amplification: Users will also be able to apply Motion Amplification™ to entire batches of data, preventing the user from having to wait on the amplification of individual recordings.
Free 1-Hour Short-Course on the New 2.5 Features for Customers
We are offering a live free one-hour short-course for our customers on all the new updates in version 2.5 of the software. Our expert will take you through each of the features and give you advice on how to use them in the field. The live sessions will be held on the following dates and times:
August 8, 2019, at 3 PM EDT
August 13, 2019, at 10 AM EDT
August 13, 2019 at 7 PM EDT
August 15, 2019, at 3:30 PM EDT
*Space is limited so reserve your spot today – Click below to register
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.
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.
No. of Fails
Pump Seal Failure
£4800 seal & Labour x 2
£6825 (30% of ERV) x 4
Plant on Half Rates
8Hrs x £5000 cost to biz
Total Cost to Business
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
Cost of failures to business
Total Potential Cost Avoidance
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.
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.
Optical Motion Technologies (OMT) is the authorised distributor for RDI Technologies (RDI) in Australasia. We have chosen GVS Reliability Products (GVS) as the authorised sales channel partner for our region.