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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 (1)206 791917 or via email to: info (at) rms-reliability.com.

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]motionamplification.co.uk