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.
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.
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.
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.
RDI’s Motion AmplificationTM, finding a better way to detect premature failures!
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
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.
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.
RDI’s Motion AmplificationTM provides visualisation of a structural fault on a Generator Stator Coolant Pump that has gone unresolved for more than 10 years!
Captured Motion AmplificationTM (MA) videos and diagnosed the fault in the field within 1 hour
Visualisation of the root cause (structural fault) of the high vibration that has been undiagnosed for more than 10 years
Simple and inexpensive remediation work during a scheduled outage reduced the high vibration by more than 70%
The pump was returned to duty service rather than stand-by
Solution implemented at a fraction (1%) of the cost of previous attempted corrective actions
AGL Loy Yang
Latrobe Valley, 165 kilometres south east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
There are two (duty and stand-by) Stator Coolant Pumps (SCP) critical to the operation of each 500+ megawatt turbo generator at the Loy Yang Power Station. One of the two SCPs for Unit 1 turbo generator has had a long history, more than 10 years, of high lateral vibration, sometimes reaching 20 mm/sec RMS. There have been many attempts to remedy the problem at an estimated material cost of AU$160k. This does not take into account the estimated labour cost of 500+ man hours and loss of power generation revenue. Some of the attempts to remedy the problem include: laser alignment, base frame spot welds, bracing of pipework, fitment of flexible bellows to the pump suction and discharge pipework, pump replacement x2, motor replacement, coupling replacement.
Optical Motion Technologies (OMT) were contracted to apply RDI’s Motion AmplificationTM (MA) technology to solving the long running problem on 1-SCP-2. From arriving at the location of the SCPs in the power station, setting up the video camera acquisition system and then collecting nine MA videos took less than one hour. This hour included the time to analyse the results all of which was done in the field. The process involved taking wide angle ‘whole of machine’ videos, analysing them in the field and then honing in with zoomed videos on the root cause of the problem. It was clear from the MA videos that the problem was a soft foot condition between the pump base frame and skid base plate. In fact, there was a twisting operational deflection shape of the pump base frame. During a scheduled outage, a series of fillet welds were made across the suction end the pump base frame to the skid base plate. When the pump was returned to duty service the high lateral motion and vibration had been reduced by more than 70% and was now less than 5 mm/sec RMS. The solution to this problem was achieved through the application of RDI’s Motion AmplificationTM technology for a fraction of the time and cost already incurred.
RDI participated in ASCE’s first Innovation Contest and was awarded Most Innovative under the category of Innovative Business Models and Technologies for “BridgeView: A Low-Cost, Non-contact, Camera-Based Infrastructure Monitor”.
The first ASCE Innovation Contest drew entries from around the world, with practitioners, project managers, educators, researchers, and students attracted to the challenge of developing and submitting their most creative and innovative ideas for reshaping infrastructure. From dozens of submissions, a judges panel of 22 experts from across the civil engineering industry named 15 winners. The ASCE Industry Leaders Council developed the contest as part of the Society’s Grand Challenge, which seeks to achieve significant reductions in infrastructure life-cycle costs over the next several years.
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.