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

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 illustrate how a vibration analyser can be used to conduct a basic motion study and then 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.


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.