Here is the first installment of the new Case Study series from RDI Technologies. The goal is to demonstrate some of the capabilities of the RDI Iris M system and to educate our customers and those in the industry. This case study is a power generation plant in Australia done with our partner Optical Motion Technologies Andrew Gale Nathan Osborn.
We want to get your insight on the next case study series so contact us with your ideas and let us know if you want to partner with us!
Knoxville-based company RDI makes waves in motion sensing – Knoxville News Sentinel by Jim Gaines USA Today Network – Tennessee
What’s shaking? RDI Technologies knows.
The Knoxville-based company sells a package of camera, computer and software to monitor vibration. Thanks to an algorithm developed by CEO Jeff Hay, movement of any pixel is magnified to show just where vibration is occurring. And the information is available immediately, instead of taking days to gather and analyze.
Industrial uses are RDI’s main focus, but the technology has applications in medicine and other fields.
Beginnings and growth
The company started in 2013, went to market in 2015, and sells to companies worldwide, said President Bob Wilson.
“We’re growing at about 300 percent a year, year over year,” he said.
Vibration sensors have been around for a long time, but standard ones are contact-based: they have to actually touch what’s being monitored. That can cause safety problems, and trouble monitoring very small or very large objects, Hay said. With each camera pixel acting as a sensor, though, an object can be studied from a distance.
“If you can see it, we can measure it,” Wilson said.
Contact sensors can take a day or more to collect vibration data from an object, Hay said; even then, the readings have to be pieced together into usable information.
“With us, it’s simultaneous,” he said.
The company’s Iris M system is a kit including a digital camera, four lenses, tablet computer, tripod and USB cable in a case, Johns said. Also included in the $30,000 bundle is the necessary software and certification training to use it, Wilson said. Components are made elsewhere, but everything is assembled in Knoxville, said Chief Operating Officer Jenna Johns.
Read the full article on KnoxNews.com here!
RDI is excited to announce that its COO, Jenna Johns, has been nominated for the 2017 Innov865 Traction Award. The Innov865 Traction Award, presented by UT Federal Credit Union, is given to a Startup Day alum who has gained the most momentum over the past few years. Innov865 Week celebrates Knoxville’s entrepreneurial spirit by bringing together startups, entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders, students, and the East Tennessee community for a week of educational panels, pitch competitions, investor roundtables, and social events.
“East Tennessee has a rich tradition of innovation, and that tradition lives on in this year’s Traction Award nominees. Each one has contributed in some way to building Knoxville’s reputation as THE place for startups in our region. They are true role models and exemplars of what it means to be an entrepreneur, ”according to Lynn Youngs, Executive Director of UT’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a founding member of the Innov865 Alliance.
You can learn more about the Traction award here.
Startup days is held Thursday, Sept. 27. To learn more or register to attend go here.
Check out the case study in Vision Systems Design on the Iris M using Motion Amplification to find the root cause failure of a pump that had been problematic for the facility for over 11 years – costing $160,000 AUD and over 500 man hours. The problem was identified with the Iris M in less then an hour by OMT’s Andrew Gale.
RDI hosted it’s first Motion Amplification Training class for the Iris M in its new facility on June 21st. The class consisted of 2 days of training, comprising both an in-class component and field work. Students where able to take the Iris M into the field to collect data on live machinery. This exposes them to real world scenarios they encounter when using the Iris M. The data they collected also provided some interesting result on a motor and blower. Check out the video below to see the results.
RDI is excited to announce one of the biggest and most anticipated updates for the Iris M yet, Frequency Based Filtering. Now you can filter Motion Amplification videos based on frequency and isolate one or more frequencies in the Motion Amplified video. The process is easy to do and takes just a few seconds. We’ll be releasing the software update next week. Check out the video below to see how the software works, and see the results.
RDI was proud to support GVS Reliability Products at Mainstream East and West. Jeff Hay of RDI Technologies along with Nathan Osborn of GVS and Andrew Gale of Optical Motion Technologies attended the event. Jeff gave a presentation on the Iris M with Motion Amplification at each event. The conference was hosted by The Eventful Group and had attendees from various professions across Australia.
You can read more at the GVS blog.
RDI Technologies is excited to announced it has recieved the Vision Systems Design Innovators Award.
Alan Bergstein, publisher of Vision Systems Design (http://www.vision-systems.com) said “This prestigious program allows Vision Systems Design to celebrate and recognize the most in
novative products and services in the vision and image processing industry. Our 2017 Honorees are an outstanding example of companies who are making an impact in the industry.”
The Innovators Awards are judged based on the following criteria:
- Impact on Designers, Systems Integrators, End Users
- Fulfilling a need in the market that hasn’t been addressed
- Leveraging a novel technology
The 2017 Visions Systems Design Innovators Awards Honorees are featured in the June Issue of Vision Systems Design magazine as well as on http://www.vision-systems.com.
RDI Technologies is excited to announce the release of the Stabilization Update for our Iris M with Motion Amplification.
This software module allows you to stabilize video that contains motion from camera shake due to environments where ground vibration is unavoidable. In addition to automatically stabilizing based on the entire image, this update features an option to draw a Region of Interest (ROI) in the image that the user knows to be stationary. This helps in complicated motion environments.
The above video demonstrates how, even in a complex moving environment, the Iris M camera can remove the motion associated with the camera vibration.
To learn more about the Iris M please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another group of Motion Amplification Analyst are now officially certified! RDI just completed another training class for the month of February. A great group of individuals from around the globe attended our class, this month located at ProNova in Knoxville TN.
Our classes consist of two days of classroom and on-site training. The first day we cover the basics of Motion Amplification and how to operate the camera. This includes a laboratory setting where trainees use the camera on rotor kits in a controlled environment. The second day consists of in-field training where we visit a couple of sites to give trainees real-world experience. They are put in everyday situations that teach them how to adjust and take proper data in the field. Then we are back to the classroom to review data and report on findings. That is followed by a Motion Amplification Certification test that, upon completion and passing, officially certifies the analyst.
Our thanks to ProNova for hosting us at their facilities. They are doing great things to advance the science of Proton Therapy for cancer treatment. Learn more at their site http://pronovasolutions.com/