8th April 2020

Service announcement

Apologies for the yet another coronavirus post, our intention is to ensure you are kept informed of our capabilities to support and serve you in these challenging times.

Things are changing very quickly with the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We’ve been closely monitoring and making changes along the way in accordance with the government guidelines, as we take very seriously our responsibility to help care for our customers and staff.

We would like to inform you that we will continue providing critical system support for upper and lower Tier-1 sites as per the COMAH directives, as well as for customer sites with critical assets. We are making every effort to support customers, including remote data asset health analysis, so that the training, products, services and consultancy you depend upon remains available.

Regarding training, all public and onsite courses have been initially postponed through April and May. On a more positive note, we are now able to offer community-based and instructor-led Mobius Institute certified distance-learning courses for Vibration Analysis and Asset Reliability Practitioner (ARP) with optional mentoring support. Students can now continue learning and gain certification while following the safety guidance to stay at home. Details of the new online course options can be found in the Training Brochure and on the Training section of our website.

Our team remains vigilant of the situation and is responding rapidly as conditions evolve. We will provide ongoing updates via Social Media and our Website to ensure you have clarity of our capabilities to support you. We hope, as does everyone, that the situation improves as soon as possible. In between, please stay safe and follow the advice from government authorities.

Dean & Wendy Whittle, Stuart Walker
RMS Ltd, Company Directors

As part of the Innovate UK fund, over the past 2 years RMS have been involved in an ‘Intelligent Wireless Vibration System’ collaboration between the Building Research Establishment (BRE), Cybula, Griffiths Associates and Skanska. The project called REAM (Enabling remote built environment asset management using embedded intelligence) is tasked with enabling low-cost embedded intelligence within the Facilities Management (FM) market.

st barts hospital rms ai condition monitoring wireless vibrationThis is done by optimising Artificial Intelligence (A.I) technologies for use in detecting the pre-cursors of fault conditions arising on rotating plant. The landmark achievement of the project was during the pilot studies run at St. Barts Hospital and British Sugar where the system was capable of learning the behavior of the plant and successfully detecting anomalies in their condition. All completed on single board computing systems with no cloud server for computing power. Interestingly the system is capable of communicating over long distances with Wifi and other radio technologies but can take care of all its computing on the CPUs next to the machines.

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The natural progression for this technology is certainly for use in the built environment enabling low cost condition monitoring using a variety of technologies. With that in mind the Innovate UK fund encourages projects such as this to seek commercial viability and opportunities, as such the pre-production prototype versions of the commercial system are now being trialed as manufacturing preparations are made.

The condition monitoring analytics, which have been developed in high integrity applications (such as nuclear, transport, and energy) for rapid and easily configurable abnormality detection of failure modes can also be run on more highly critical machines utilising more traditional data collection types. Firstly though, Skanska feel the future of Facilities Management (FM) is the use of multiple data sources through intelligent condition monitoring to enable more effective and efficient asset management.

The future of the project looks bright as it becomes a commercial product capable of increasing asset life, maximising efficiency, reducing risk of unexpected failures and reducing energy usage. The REAM project was nominated as a finalist for the “Best Asset Management Innovation” at the Building Innovation Awards.

Interested to know more about this exciting technology? Contact us to schedule a call on +44 (0)1206 791917 or via email to: info (at)

Arlanxeo Performance Elastomers, Belgium, win a BEMAS Asset Performance Award; from all at RMS Reliability, many congratulations on this well-deserved achievement.

In the category ‘Best Improvement in Maintenance & Asset Management’, Christophe Van de Maele and Kristof Van Den Berghe of Arlanxeo were allowed to take the trophy home. The four case examples in which they used their new motion amplification camera received great acclaim.

Best Improvement in Maintenance & Asset Management
Arlanxeo received the award for improving reliability in the 16 extruders in the finishing department. When an extruder comes to a standstill, the repair often takes 7 days. This results in a loss of € 1 million. There were 4 failures per year to the extruders, the cause of which was unknown in half of the cases. By means of vibration measurements, it is not always possible to find the correct cause. In addition to the standard solutions available. Improving the alignment, reinforcing structures, adapting the material of the anchor bolts, there were still problems. Thanks to a combination of further root cause analysis and the motion amplification camera, which magnifies minimal vibrations, the malfunctions could be tackled more successfully. Christophe Van de Maele and Kristof Van Den Berghe received the award for Arlanxeo.

Arlanxeo have a well developed Condition Monitoring and Reliability Team at their plant in Belgium. They invested in an IRIS M Motion Amplification System from RMS Ltd late 2018 with certified training carried out onsite early 2019.

For more information on this amazing technology feel free to contact us at info[at]