Seeing Beyond the Naked Eye: Motion Amplification® Diagnostic Services

December 15, 2022 | 3 minute read

Aerial view of a factory

Unwanted vibrations and improper machinery movement in rotating equipment can cause misalignment and damage and lead to equipment failure. Some vibrations and movements are so slight that they can't be seen by the naked eye. Motion Amplification® technology allows companies to view their equipment for risk identification and evaluation of possible hazards.

How does Motion Amplification work?

Motion Amplification, a valuable tool in your condition monitoring arsenal, can help you visualize motion with concrete data with videos that provide a deeper understanding and insight into the root cause of potential equipment failure. Through a multipoint analysis using the Motion Amplification technology, motion can be detected on the equipment that is not visible to the naked eye and provides insights into the equipment's stressors.

The Motion Amplification technology provided by John Crane uses 2.3 million pixels in a high-definition resolution to capture a 3-to-10-second video that is then processed through RDI proprietary software to enhance the movement measured so users can visualize movement they would otherwise not be able to see.

Motion Amplification equipment is reliable and portable, allowing services to be delivered:

  • Across different locations
  • Under diverse operating conditions
  • In dark environments
  • In difficult-to-reach locations

This technology is highly complementary to any existing maintenance and reliability methodologies. It enables teams to visualize equipment issues and identify potential failure modes and communicate to management for corrective actions and investments.

When is Motion Amplification applicable?

To avoid equipment and plant shutdowns, Motion Amplification can be used in the following cases:

  • Defect elimination processes as an input for root cause analysis
  • Condition monitoring startups
  • Commissioning
  • Pre-commissioning activities to avoid equipment and plant shutdown
Rely on the experts

John Crane has been supporting customers for more than 100 years. Our unique project management expertise and rotating equipment knowledge enable us to deliver solutions that address equipment performance and assist with maintenance plans and strategies to resolve the underlining issues maximizing reliability.

Our Motion Amplification Diagnostic Services are a part of our overall Asset Health optimization offering, which includes certified engineers who can provide customized and precise diagnostics of complex asset challenges, to provide root cause analysis and enable actionable solutions.

With over a century of rotating equipment and asset management service expertise, John Crane is your trusted partner in providing reliable Motion Amplification Diagnostic Services. Watch this video to learn more or contact us today.

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