Motion Amplification™ can even help with a ceiling fan? Just ask Tom Sparks, the Advanced Diagnostics Product Manager at Allied Reliability/T.F. Hudgins. After getting certified as an MA Analyst, Tom wondered if the Iris M™ would help him with a ceiling fan that been giving him problems for years. After many attempts to balance the fan, he was at a loss, so the fan got moved to a back room of the house and never used.
Enter the Iris M. A quick look with the Iris M revealed the problem. What seemed like a balance issue turned out to be looseness. The set screw threads on the fan shaft were damaged preventing it from contacting the shaft when it appeared to be tight. All of this was clearly seen Motion Amplification video. The set screw was never suspect because it felt normal when tightened. Tom had balanced it and rotated the fan blades all to no avail. Which just confirms something well known; the biggest finds are typically not where you expect them.
Once the problem was identified, the fix was simple. In Tom’s words “The video showed exactly that the problem lay with the screw, which led me to remove it. After cleaning up the threads, the fan ran steady and true. The wife was very happy.”
Often the cost of issues we find with Motion Amplification™ are calculable but other times, they are priceless.
Fan with loose screw with Motion Amplification™
Fan after fixing screw – seen with Motion Amplification™
New Software for RDI Technologies Iris M™ & MX™ Expands the Use of Motion Amplification™ to New Applications
For Immediate Release:
Knoxville, TN – July 8, 2019
RDI Technologies, Inc., a company that specializes in innovating the industrial market with machine vision products, announced today that it will be releasing a software update to all current customers that will expand the use of their 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: 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. Full HD, HD, and SD formats are now supported.
- 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 they can calculate an exact number in order to pinpoint relative motion within the context of an image to 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.
“This software upgrade is focused on the user experience. We listened to our customers and implemented their feedback to improve their workflow and expand the types of faults we are able to help them more easily identify,” said Mark Slemp, VP of Software Development.
“RDI’s goal has always been to revolutionize the industrial market using machine vision technology. We truly believe that the camera is the sensor of the future. Winning the 2019 Solutions Award from Reliability Web in Asset Management is a great validation but we don’t plan to stop there. This update will expand our market reach by making our product even easier to use and expanding the type of contacting sensors you can replace with cameras,” said Dr. Jeff Hay, CEO of RDI Technologies.
For information about RDI Technologies, Motion Amplification™ or the Iris M visit the RDI Technologies website at: https://rditechnologies.com
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RDI Technologies is excited to offer a new way for people to interact with the company with its RDI Monthly Newsletter. The newsletter will feature Tips & Tricks from our experts, contests, white papers, product information, new software releases, videos, and much more! Subscribe to the newsletter below:
RDI Technologies wants to recognize our customers that are making a difference. We want to hear your stories and share those successes. In the newsletters and on the website, we will be sharing the best stories of how Motion Amplification™ has helped you succeed.
In addition, your stories will help others, like yourself, learn new and different ways to use Motion Amplification™. As a community, we can help each other be more successful in our positions and have some fun doing it.
At the end of each year, we will be announcing the top 15 stories of the year, three from each category. Then the winner for each category will be awarded the Motion Amplification Video Awards™ of the year.
Here are the categories:
- Plant Operators – We are looking for the stories of the individuals that work to keep their companies up and running all the time.
- Service Companies – This is for those companies that are in and out of different facilities serving their clients.
- International – Is your company outside the US and Canada? This category is for you.
- Non-rotating Equipment – We are looking for something other than pumps, motors, etc. In this category, we are looking for structures, piping, bridges, cranes, electrical, mechanical arm, etc.
- Most Unique – Have you wondered what a race car, a deer, Golden Gate Bridge, a plane before take-off, a stadium full of people, looks like under Motion Amplification™? So do we! We are looking for the most unique video of the year.
Entering is simple! We want to hear about how your Iris M™ or MX™ helped you succeed in solving an issue. Tell us about your story by filling out this quick entry form. We want to:
- Know the issue
- What were the results, and
- See the video
Here is the link to the entry form: https://rditechnologies.com/contest-entry-form/
*Simply drag your video to the Dropbox Folder and it will be reviewed by the team
The winners will be recognized in a newsletter, receive an award plaque, and get either one free training session or free annual maintenance for their system.
A new feature in RDI Acquisition allows the user to directly select an image size from a drop-down menu, instead of having to manually crop the image hoping that the desired framerate will be reached.
To change the image size, click the Reset button at the bottom of Image Properties.
When the Reset button is clicked a list of preset image sizes appears on the screen from which the user may select the image size that corresponds with the desired framerate.
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
A Picture is Worth a 1,000 words but RDI’s Motion Amplification™ videos are worth 2.3 million sensors
Could RDI’s Motion Amplification™ software help you add to the bottom line? Poor communication has cost on average $62.4 million per year in lost productivity, according to a Holmes report. In addition, poor communication is one of the top 3 reasons why employees do not like their jobs.
Pictures are one of the most effective ways to communicate. Our brains process pictures in millionths of a second. That’s fast! A post on social media that contains a picture is 10x more likely to receive engagement (BMC). If pictures have proven to be so valuable imagine what data-rich video can do for your organization.
When using the Iris M™ or MX powered by Motion Amplification™, you can produce a video that turns 2.3 million pixels in that camera into 2.3 million virtual sensors. In an instant, you can see the fault and easily communicate to everyone within the organization what the fault is. The fault and repair will mean something different to each person in the communication chain but there is no need to weave a different story to each person, just show them the video. When looking at the video you may see a base moving, engineering sees structural issues, the safety inspector sees a hazard, management sees potential lost revenue from downtime, but everyone sees the problem and the end result is the same: Just fix it.