Our vibration analysis solution WaveCam is the perfect tool for non-contact and high-resolution vibration measurement for experts and beginners. WaveCam amplifies motion invisible to the human eye. Analyze your vibration data in the time and frequency domain to monitor machines, buildings and structures.

To get started, all you need is a camera and our software to process the data. Save the time handling lots of cables and sensors, or setting and measuring single measurement locations consecutively. Every single pixel will serve as an individual sensor allowing you to monitor vibration and track every motion. 

  • Increase the productivity by reducing machine downtime
  • Improve the life, safety, comfort and sound of the product
  • Easy set up, shorter measuring times, no cable effort
  • Simplification of maintenance, improved damage detection

WaveCam – 
Non-contact Measurements, Precision Results

Some of your advantages with WaveCam:

  • Import common file formats from any camera, from phone cameras to high-end highspeed cameras
  • Fully automatic, unique data extraction of vibration displacements from video data using improved optical flow and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for quality results with WaveCam
  • Annual license includes regular updates as the software is constantly progressing. No additional fee for software maintenance.
  • A high-speed camera Chronos 1.4 including rechargeable battery for mobile measurement is offered optionally, setup to use with WaveCam in a robust carrying case. We recommend to choose a camera to suit your needs, based on frequency range and resolution requirements.

 

Vibration measurement data extraction requires uncompresed video files that can be recorded with all available high-speed cameras as well as smartphone cameras. We recommend using
a high-speed camera by Chronos.

Supported video file formats for data extraction:

  • asf - ASF File
  • asx - ASX File
  • avi - AVI File
  • m4v - MPEG-4 Video
  • mov - QuickTime movie
  • mp4 - MPEG-4
  • mpg - MPEG-1
  • wmv - Windows Media Video
  • dng (folder) - CinemaDNG
Maximum resolution1280 x 1024 px
Framerate1 – 40 kfps (at reduced resolution)
Record time (depending on memory)4.13 s (8 GB), 8.26 s (16 GB), 16.52 s (32 GB)
Battery run time1.5 hours recording with on-site replaceable EN-EL4a battery
Lens mountCS/C-mount (lens recommended by us)
Display5" 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen
EnclosureAnodized CNC machined aluminum
CoolingActive cooling, variable-speed fan (fan-off option supported)
Dimensions155 mm x 96 mm x 67.3 mm (6.11" x 3.78" x 2.65") without lens
Weight1.06 kg (2.34 lbs) without lens

Battery

 
TypeEN-EL4a
Maximum run time1.5 hours recording
Charge time2 hours (0 – 80 %) with in-camera charger

Input/Output

 
Power input17 – 20 V 40 W (5.5 / 2.5 mm barrel jack, positive tip)
NetworkGigabit Ethernet
TriggerTwo trigger inputs/frame strobe outputs (BNC and AUX)

Electrically isolated trigger input (AUX connector)

Exported animations of deflection shapes – distinct results and easy interpretation.

Benefits

  • WaveCam makes vibration visible with motion magnification
  • Use any camera to capture vibration data incl. phones
  • Save setup-, measurement time and equipment cost
  • Quick to learn, intuitive handling, easy configuration
  • Intuitive execution and analysis of measurements
  • Analyse data in time and frequency domain
  • Vibration measurements during operation with subpixel-precision measurement resolution
  • No preparation of the measured surface necessary
  • Export deflection shapes in video
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to amplify motion

Applications

  • Operating Deflection Shapes (ODS)
  • Natural frequency investigation
  • Quality assurance
  • Research & development
  • Troubleshooting, root-cause analysis
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Structural vibration
  • Transient events

Technical

  • Depending on the frame rate of your camera, a minimum frame rate FPS = 2 x fmax is required to capture the highest frequency of interest fmax.
  • Phones are sufficient for low frequency applications (current maximum 960 fps). Note: Phones might add a few seconds normal speed at start and end of a slow motion recording.
  • High framerates lead to low exposure times -> additional flicker free lighting required
  • Highspeed camera performance in  Gpx/s (e.g. Chronos 1.4) trade off - frame rate vs. resolution
  • Edges and feature points help but are not essentiell
  • Use uncompressed video formats – cut video in WaveCam
  • Use angle e.g. 45° as only in plane vibrations are displayed for comparison with reference consider 90° rotation
  • Record different angles
  • Measurement time is limited by the RAM of the camera (reduce fps or resolution to increase)
  • Bottleneck is data transfer RAM->SD Card + processing time

Cross validation of amplitudes and frequency content with accelerometer and LDV

Cross validation of mode shapes using soundcam Mikado and nearfield acoustic holography (SONAH)