Motion Amplification

Jeff Hay, RDI Technologies Matt Rubin, 4x Diagnostics


Motion Amplification (MA) is a video-processing technique that detects subtle motion and amplifies that motion to a level visible to the naked eye. Videos created through Motion Amplification enhance the understanding of the components and interrelationships creating the motion. Every pixel in the camera becomes a sensor, creating millions of data points in an instant, all in phase with one another.

A series of case studies will be examined focusing on structural components. Often structural components are the root cause of failure with machinery but are hard to diagnose or detect. Traditional vibration can often overlook these faults. We will examine how Motion Amplification lends itself to easily identify and diagnose structural issues common to motors and pumps. A live demonstration on a Machinery Vibration Trainer will be done to help understand the technique.