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A Case Study: Motion Amplification Analysis of a Drum Drive Gearbox

A manufacturing plant located in WA recently encountered a significant issue related to a critical drum drive gearbox. The Asset Management and Reliability Team noticed excessive vibrations and sought to identify the root cause of this problem. To address this issue, the Iris M™ Motion Amplification® technology was utilised. This case study outlines how Motion Amplification® technology successfully captured, quantified, and qualified the operational vibration characteristics and identified the root cause of the problem.

Problem Identification:

The manufacturing plant initially detected unacceptable levels of vibration in the drum drive gearbox of their machinery, which they had yet to identify. This vibration had the potential to disrupt operations and, if left unaddressed, could lead to costly equipment damage.

Motion Amplification Analysis:

Upon implementing Iris M™ Motion Amplification® technology, the plant’s Asset Management and Reliability Team conducted real-time data analysis, revealing several crucial findings:

  1. Vibration Frequencies: The analysis showed that the majority of the vibration in the drum drive train occurred at three distinct frequencies:
    • Motor running speed: 25.76Hz
    • Pinion gearmesh frequency: 7.69Hz
    • 2x pinion gearmesh frequency: 15.38Hz

The presence of the 2x pinion gearmesh frequency indicated a classic symptom of gear misalignment and uneven wear across the gear teeth.

  1. Phase Difference: There was a noticeable phase difference between the motor and gearbox input, which is a typical indicator of offset misalignment across the coupling.
  2. Vertical Orientation: The vibration analysis also revealed that the vertical orientation of the inner side of the drum drive gearbox’s base frame exhibited higher levels of vibration compared to the outer side.

Recommendations:

Based on the observations and analysis using the Motion Amplification® technology, the following recommendations were made to address the identified issues:

  1. Pinion Inspection and Realignment: Given the presence of gear misalignment and uneven wear across the gear teeth, it was recommended that the pinion be inspected thoroughly. Any misalignment should be corrected and worn gear components should be replaced.
  2. Torque Arm Connection Inspection: The connection between the torque arm and the base frame should be inspected for any signs of damage or misalignment. Any issues found in this area should be promptly addressed.
  3. Motor-to-Gearbox Realignment: To resolve the phase difference identified between the motor and gearbox input, realignment of the motor to the gearbox is necessary. Proper alignment will ensure that power is transmitted efficiently and reduce unnecessary stress on the machinery.

The implementation of Iris M™ Motion Amplification® technology proved to be instrumental in diagnosing and identifying the root causes of unacceptable vibrations in the drum drive gearbox. Through this analysis the plant was able to mitigate the vibration complications and prevent potential equipment damage, ensuring the continued smooth operation of their machinery.

 

 

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Iron ore mining and Motion Amplification®

Rio Tinto Yandicoogina (iron ore mine in West Australia’ Pilbara region) recently completed training for their latest acquisition; Motion Amplification®.

Rio Tinto own an integrated portfolio of iron ore assets: a world-class, integrated network of 17 mines, four independent port terminals, a rail network spanning nearly 2,000 kilometres and related infrastructure – all designed to respond rapidly to changes in demand. Rio Tinto are one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of iron ore.

Rio Tinto’s world-class Predictive Maintenance program informs maintenance and operations of asset health and increases overall plant reliability. Therefore, Motion Amplification® is a perfect technology to enhance that success.

Motion Amplification® deliverables:

  • Visualisation of the root cause of unacceptable vibration detected via routine and online Predictive Maintenance (PdM) programs
  • Through visualisation, transition to root cause problem solving and defect elimination
  • Perfect tool for screening assets, fault finding, commissioning new assets, and pre/post repairs or retrofits
  • Communication between technical and non-technical personnel and original equipment manufacturers, enhancing the decision-making process

The training was well received with one participant saying ‘Great video Andrew – Thanks again on behalf of the team’. The Motion Amplification® training is Certified by RDI Technologies Inc.

Motion Amplification® – Visualise, Measure, Troubleshoot, Correct.

Reliability You Can See and Trust.

Visit www.opticalmotion.com.au to learn more about the sensor of the future.

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FLSmidth joins the Motion Amplification® Revolution

FLSmidth has been providing market-leading engineering, equipment and service solutions to the global mining and cement industries for over 140 years. A key to their success has been a focus on improving asset performance and efficiency (from concept through the entire life cycle) so Motion Amplification® was the perfect technology to further enhance that success.

The team recently completed the Certified course by RDI Technologies and are now ready to offer this unique service to their customer base. Photos below.

The new IRIS M™ system will be stationed at FLSmidth’s Pinkenba workshop where it will primarily be used during the factory acceptance testing across a number of product types. It will also be a vital tool for their site services team. From commissioning through to inspections, it will aid with the identification, verification and more importantly ‘VISUALISATION’ of vibration data, aiding with communication between departments and customers alike.

Motion Amplification® – Visualise, Measure, Troubleshoot, Correct. Reliability You Can ‘See’ and Trust.

Visit www.opticalmotion.com.au to learn more about the sensor of the future or contact your local GVS rep today.

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Complementary Technology – Misalignment

Visualise, Measure, Troubleshoot and Correct machinery misalignment with Motion Amplification® and Easy Laser® Reliability Products from GVS.

 

Motion Amplification® and Easy-Laser® are fantastic complementary tools for visualising misalignment, measuring thermal growth, and correcting misalignment making Proactive (Precision) Reliability Maintenance even more achievable.

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Why RDI’S IRIS M™ Motion Amplification™ is Essential Technology

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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Find the root cause with IRIS M™

Excessive vibration is often at the root of premature machine, structure, foundation, vessel and piping failures frequently leading to serious safety incidents and costly repairs and downtime.

One of the most effective, efficient and safest ways to characterize the root cause of excessive vibration is with RDI Technologies Inc.’s Motion Amplification® technology. The IRIS M™ platform enables the user to visualize, measure, troubleshoot, correct and verify the characteristics of excessive vibration problems.

Find the root cause with IRIS M™.

Visit www.opticalmotion.com.au to learn more about the sensor of the future or contact your local GVS rep today.

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Breaking New Ground With New Software Release

RDI Technologies, Inc. (RDI) just released a new update to its groundbreaking software. Version 3.3, the latest release, enhances a user’s experience for both the Iris M™ and Iris CM™ systems and reaches new markets seeking a solution to preventable and ongoing vibration problems. 

RDI ’s technology platform turns every pixel of a video camera into a displacement sensor. With patented software processing algorithms, Motion Amplification® enables users to see motion that’s impossible to see with the human eye. Always focused on combining customer feedback with cutting-edge technology, RDI conducted a customer feedback campaign over the summer in order to gain a better understanding of what new features would most benefit its customers. 

“We are excited for what this new release means for our line of Iris products,” said Jeff Hay, CEO of RDI Technologies. “This update includes full historization of data allowing our users to measure, compare, and trend nearly an infinite amount of locations across an asset with the click of a mouse. It’s a huge step for our customers in terms of what they can do with the Iris M and Iris CM.”

RDI’s systems are in use in over 38 different industries – a testament to the flexibility of the system and dynamic ways that users have found to apply the technology. In addition to RDI’s typical robust enhancements to the Iris M, Iris CM users have many new features. 

Key Features in the 3.3 Software Release: 
Iris M
  • Iris M™ Acquisition Assistant™:  It’s now easier than ever to obtain high-quality Motion Amplification® videos! The RDI Acquisition Assistant provides users with a step-by-step interactive guide that helps establish important recording settings such as framerate, lens selection, focus, and brightness. The Assistant also allows users to proactively identify environmental conditions before recording, such as light flicker and camera shake. Let the Acquisition Assistant help you achieve high-quality data.
  • Motion Amplification® – Historical Data Analysis: Iris M users now have the ability to store vibration data concurrent with the recordings captured by the Iris M camera. The spectrum and waveform data can be stored with the associated recording, allowing users to perform comparisons across recordings or measurement locations and display waterfall plots.
IRIS CM™
  • Motion Amplification® – Historical Data Analysis: Iris CM users now have the ability to store connected sensor data concurrent with the recordings captured by RDI camera systems. The spectrum and waveform data can be stored with the associated video recording, allowing users to perform comparisons across recordings or measurement locations and display waterfall plots.
  • Iris CM™ Measurement Historization: Now, users can get even more powerful insight into the dynamics of monitored equipment. With Measurement Historization, Iris CM™ users can define measurements to be stored over time for any connected sensor used to trigger recordings. Measurements include spectrum, waveform, and trend data from the connected sensors and the video-based ROI measurements. The associated captured recordings are also stored and available for further analysis in the Motion Amplification® software in conjunction with the historized data. 
  • Iris CM™ Complex Triggers: Iris CM™ users can now define the very specific criteria required from multiple sensors to determine when recordings are captured. Leveraging Boolean logic, users can, for example, define that both a high level of vibration and a specific change in speed must be met before triggering will occur. Now you can trigger when a specific set of conditions are met.

All users with current licenses are encouraged to download the latest software and enjoy the newest features that this technology offers. RDI continues to pioneer its industry and evolves as the markets and needs of customers change.

 

What is Motion Amplification? Visit www.opticalmotion.com.au or contact GVS today to learn about this cutting edge technology.

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RDI’s anticipated version 3.0 Motion Amplification® Update

GVS Reliability Products and Optical Motion Technologies are 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.
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Software Version 3.2 is Officially Released!

We are excited to announce that the latest version of Motion Amplification® software is available for download now. With version 3.2, RDI combined customer feedback with cutting-edge technology to enhance your ability to utilize Motion Amplification® throughout your organization.

Key Features:
  • Best-In-Class Digital Image Stabilization: Cutting edge image stabilization techniques have been developed and implemented to address environmental challenges such as flexible floors or mounting surfaces. Applying this post-processing technique will further enhance the stability and clarity of mp4’s.
  • Phase Overlay: With the newest version of Motion Amplification® analysis software, you can now graphically display relative phase throughout the image for a specified frequency. Like Motion Map (available in 3.0), the new Phase Map feature allows the user to visualize relative phase as different colors across the entire image and easily see elements that are out of phase as opposite colors. This gives the user quick access to approximate phase relationships without the use of ROI’s.
  • Difference Plots: Provides users the ability to determine relative motion between multiple ROI’s.
  • Metrology (Ruler – Distance & Angle): Users can overlay distances and angles onto videos and document the distances between objects within an image. This feature can also determine angles between critical lines or features within an image.
  • Audio Enabled Video Editing: Narration and background music can be added to Motion Studio Projects, enhancing users’ ability to tell the story and report findings within the exported mp4.

In addition to these key features, this release also includes multiple usability features that allow users to enhance recordings, export content into numerous formats, add logos and annotations, and more.

How to Get Version 3.2:
  1. Sign in to your RDI user account
  2. Navigate to the Software Updates section of your dashboard

If you are unsure whether your Software Update and Support Agreement is current, fill out this form to contact support. If you need help installing the software, see this help page here.Download Version 3.2

New Product Add-Ons

RDI have also released two new products available as add-ons to your Iris™ collection: A Laser Tach and the Iris M™ Color Camera.

The Laser Tach integration can be used to “freeze” the shaft or blade, and nonsynchronous motion can be visualized.

The Iris M™ Color Camera lets you capture the same amazing videos using Motion Amplification®, now available in color!

To request more information about the new product add-ons and to find out how they can benefit you, contact GVS at sales@gvsensors.com.au or phone 02 4925 2701. The sensor of the future is here.

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Motion Amplification® incorporated with the GVS family

GVS Reliability Products in association with Optical Motion Technologies incorporates Motion Amplification® with the growing GVS family.

In April 2016, Managing Director of GVS Reliability Products Pty LtdNathan Osborn met with RDI President, Bob Wilson After seeing the technology for the first time, Nathan went on to say, “It’s amazing! We looked at a few case studies and I am blown away. I am certain this is going to be a game changer for the industry.”

RDI Technologies Inc. were looking for a partner in the Oceania Region with demonstrable, experience, technical expertise and a commitment to customer service and support which led to the creation of the OMT business and GVS partnership.

From July 2016, GVS and OMT have been proud to bring RDI Technologies Motion Amplification® across the world and represent their products in the Oceania Region. RDI’s proprietary technology platform powered by Motion Amplification® enables users to see and measure motion that is impossible to see with the human eye and could previously only be measured by contacting sensors.

With Oceania’s PdM maturity and appetite for innovative technology, GVS and OMT have gone on to become one of the most successful RDI distributors in the world. Contact GVS today if you want to #makeitreliable