Visualizing Vibration A “Gamechanger” for Troubleshooting, Diagnostics and Root Cause Analysis

Stuart Walker, Reliability Engineer, Reliability Maintenance Solutions Ltd Dean Whittle, Managing Director, Reliability Maintenance Solutions Ltd


The vibration spectrum is an excellent tool for detecting and diagnosing faults in rotating machinery and structures.  But in truth it only tells part of the picture, whereas understanding the motion of a machine or structure can go a long way in completing the picture allowing us to confirm the root cause of many vibration problems.
We’ll introduce a breakthrough technology called “Motion Amplification” that users non-contact optical sensors (2.3million of them) to easily measure vibration spectrums, time waveforms and important show the true motion of machines and structures. Using video playback in near real time of the subject, the user can then quickly understand issues and their root cause(s).Real world examples will be presented showing the data collection process and MA methodology, including explanations of real world faults from a range of industries and applications.

Bio - Stuart Walker

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.

Bio - Dean Whittle

Mr. Dean Whittle is the founder and managing director of Reliability Maintenance Solutions (RMS) Ltd. based in the United Kingdom. During Mr. Whittle’s more than 36-year career he has held various roles in electro/mechanical engineering ranging a five-year apprenticeship through various shop floor/field services roles to district manager for a world-leading supplier of Reliability-Based and Condition-Based Maintenance products and services. During the past twenty-five years he has been committed to implementing plant reliability and condition monitoring improvement programs throughout UK industry; covering power, paper, petro-chemical, pharmaceutical, automotive, quarries, film/plastic, food, electronic, service and engineering manufacturing industries.

Mr. Whittle shares his expertise as an approved trainer for both the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) and Mobius Institute ISO-18436 accreditation programmes, and as a speaker at a number of conferences.


Additionally, Mr. Whittle is an active member in a number of accredited institutes and committees:

  • ISO TC108 / SC5 Condition Monitoring & Diagnostics of Machine Systems
  • Mobius Institute Board of Certification (MIBoC) Technical Committee
  • The British Institute of NDT Council Member
  • The British Institute of NDT Condition Monitoring Technical Committee
  • The British Institute of NDT Vibration Analysis Working Group
  • British Standards Institute – BSi Technical sub-committee GME/21/5 – Mechanical vibration and shock and Condition monitoring – Vibration of machines

British Standards Institute – BSi Technical sub-committee GME/21/7 Mechanical vibration and shock and Condition monitoring – Condition monitoring.