2S6: Visualising Vibration – A ‘Gamechanger’ for Troubleshooting, Diagnostics and RCA

Stuart Walker, Reliability Engineer, Reliability Maintenance Solutions Ltd


Motion amplification is a breakthrough technology using non-contact optical sensors to measure vibration on machines and structures. It is unprecedented in vibration analysis technologies and adds a new dimension to any problem solving of bodies undergoing motion. Using video playback in near real time of the subject, the user can quickly understand issues at their root cause.

Overview of Motion Amplification (MA) technology, how it processes signals, presents the data in video format, time waveforms and FFTs. Technical requirements of the technology highlighting the importance surrounding lighting, measured frequencies and others.

How MA compliments existing VA technologies.

Real world examples showing the data collection process and MA methodology including explanations of real world faults these will cover a range of industries and applications.

Future applications of the science behind MA technology applied to specific VA needs.


Stuart has worked in the Condition Monitoring and Reliability sector for the last 23 years. He started his career working for Dupont as a Mechanical and Production Technician after completing a four year apprenticeship. It was here he was introduced to Condition Based Monitoring and setup a successful program at one of DuPont’s UK sites. He utilized technology’s such as Vibration analysis, Oil Analysis and IR Thermography moving the site from a time based maintenance strategy to a predictive and proactive one.  Stuart then worked for a Reliability Consultant company for a number of years implementing and running a number of other successful CBM programs across the UK.

In 1999 he setup Reliability Maintenance Solutions Ltd with his colleague Dean Whittle. Together they have successfully grown the company over the last 18 years. RMS provides reliability consultancy, training, service, and products to a number blue chip companies across the UK, Europe and Middle East. Stuart has worked in many industry sectors including Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Power and Paper. He is currently working on projects introducing and implementing the new Motion Amplification Technology within RMS and across a wide range of Industries at home and abroad.