Motion Amplification™

Motion Amplification™ is a patent pending innovation that allows the smallest of motions to be seen by the human eye.

Visualisation is key to determining faults in machinery, infrastructure, and human performance.  You can look at numbers and analysis from tools like accelerometers, strain gauges and modelling software and still not be able to visualise what the problem is.  Sometimes just being able to see what is happening can change your perspective completely and allow for a more targeted and cost effective approach to fault analysis.  There are tools to magnify an image or to offer point measurements on a machine or piece of infrastructure, but no real way to see what is happening live and over the whole asset until now.   RDI offers the first non-invasive, simple, and cost effective way to visualise what is happening beyond what you can see with your eye.

We aren’t guessing at the motion or adding in artefacts, you are seeing the true microscopic motions of any object in the field of view.

IRIS M Specifications
IRIS M Motion Amplification Brochure


MX new high speed camera

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.

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


ODS Application

Vibration Analysis (VA), is a widely accepted technique applied in an industrial or maintenance environment aimed to reduce maintenance costs and equipment downtime by detecting equipment faults.  VA is a key component of a Condition Monitoring (CM) program, and is often referred to as Predictive Maintenance (PdM).

Once equipment and or structural faults have been detected via a PdM program a common proactive tool used to further assess and understand the characteristics of the vibration and motion is Operating Deflection Shape (ODS) analysis.  ODS analysis is a method used for visualisation of the vibration and motion pattern of a machine or structure as influenced by its own operating forces.

Traditionally, to perform an ODS analysis required the creation of a rendered frame model of the machine or structure with sufficient detail and measurement points for a plausible visualisation of the subject asset to be produced.  Depending on the number of measurement points and the complexity of the model, in field data collection can be very time consuming and complicated.  Specialised ODS analysis software is typically required to assist with the creation of the model, data collection, data manipulation and visualisation.  To carry out an ODS analysis would normally require the skills and experience of a qualified vibration analyst or engineer and specialised ODS software and hardware.

Motion Amplification™ (MA) technology makes ODS analysis more accessible, efficient and straightforward.  With MA there is no longer the need for an experienced, qualified vibration analyst or engineer, specialised ODS software and hardware or to place a contact measurement sensor on the asset.  Anyone can capture the data (take a video) and anyone can interpret the data, seeing truly is believing.