Orbit Analysis
With Orbit Plot For Machine Health Condition Assessment

Precise rotor movement measurements and advanced analysis tailored for turbomachinery applications. Dewesoft Orbit Analysis is a complete solution that will help you improve the operating efficiency, lower wear, and prevent any potential critical failures of your machine.

Dewesoft orbit analysis system is a great investment and comes with lifetime FREE software updates bringing all future updates free of charge.

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Main Features

  • POWERFUL ANALYSIS: Complete set of math functionalities and displays for turbomachinery monitoring. Raw orbit, averaged orbit, harmonic orbit, Bode plot, Waterfalls, runout compensation, reference orbit, and many more.
  • EASY SETUP AND CONFIGURATION: Our software is designed from the ground up to be easy to use. A few simple steps will take you from connecting the sensors to stored data in minutes.
  • ONLINE OR POST-PROCESSING: Dewesoft orbit analyzer will measure, calculate, and display all orbit results in real-time. But it will also store all raw orbit data which means offline calculation using raw signals from proximity probes are possible at any time.
  • PROVEN MEASUREMENT RESULTS: Measurement results from our solution have been compared and matched by us and our customer multiple times against industry-leading solutions such as Bently Nevada 3500, Bently Nevada Arde, and OROS OrosGate systems.
  • UNLIMITED CHANNEL COUNT: Our solution can be applied to any R&D measurement or machine health monitoring need, regardless of the number of bearings analyzed and/or proximity probes used.
  • MACHINE TRAIN SUPPORT: Simply add any desired number of bearings to the analysis.
  • HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE CAPABILITIES: SIRIUS DualCoreADC converter technology provides an astonishing 160dB dynamic range out-of-the-box for the most precise measurements.
  • HIGH ACQUISITION RATE: Dewesoft data acquisition systems offer sampling rates of up to 200 kS/s, which is suitable for the analysis of high-speed rotors.
  • MULTI-BRAND PROXIMITY PROBE SUPPORT: The signal amplifiers on our data acquisition systems cover the needed ranges and supplies excitation to the majority of proximity probes on the market. Have existing probes installed? No problem you can use those easily.
  • TEDS SENSOR SUPPORT: Our data acquisition systems feature plug-and-play sensor detection with proximity probes that support TEDS IEEE 1451.4 standard. With TEDS functionality connecting and setting up sensors is a breeze.
  • COMBINE WITH FFT, ORDER TRACKING, AND MORE: Orbit analysis can easily be combined with other modules provided by Dewesoft. You can perform order tracking, FFT analysis, torsional vibration, and even power analysis or combustion analysis. All in parallel and completely syncronised.
  • MULTI FUNCTIONALITY: Maximum measurement capabilities - functions with any Dewesoft DAQ system and additional sensors can be added to simultaneously capture temperature, vibration, video, strain, etc. in the same SW and perfectly synchronized.
  • MONITORING CAPABILITIES: Orbits (raw, averaged, H1, H2, etc.), FFTs, cascade plots, Bode plots, and polar plots can be uploaded to the time-series Historian database for long-term condition monitoring.
  • DEWESOFT QUALITY: Enjoy Dewesoft’s industry-leading 7-year warranty and world-class quality assurance. Your investment into the Dewesoft modal testing and analysis solution is protected.
  • SOFTWARE INCLUDED WITH LIFETIME FREE UPGRADES AND SUPPORT: Award-winning DewesoftX data acquisition software is included for FREE. The software package is always evolving and new features are being added. We offer lifetime FREE software upgrades and technical support to all our users.

Orbit Analysis
Application Overview

Measuring vibration data on a rotating machine is a strong diagnostic tool enabling the detection and prevention of many types of potential faults and machinery downtime.

Orbit analysis is an ideal analysis tool for rotor movements examination and assessment of any movement restrictions causing vibration. It prevents potential, unwanted damages to rotating machinery that would result in premature wear of components and could cause critical failures. It also helps to determine lubrication state, bearing states and can optimize machine operation.

Dewesoft orbit analysis works independently of a machine type. It can be a power plant or a high revving compressor. Steady, continuous operation with as few malfunctions and vibration as possible is essential for maximizing productivity and ensuring the reliable operation of a machine. To achieve this, measurement and analysis of rotational vibration data are crucial.

Orbit AnalysisApplication Overview

Turn-key Solution
For Rotating Machinery

The Dewesoft Orbit Analyzer is bundled with award-winning DewesoftX data acquisition software and very flexible DAQ hardware configuration. A simple user interface allows quick configuration, measurement, recording, interpretation of the measured results, and building a printable report. DewesoftX software offers lifetime free software updates and free technical support which ensures a future-proof solution - and cost-free.

DewesoftX also offers other features useful for rotating machinery analysis such as:

All the measurements can be performed and analysis performed with the same DAQ device and software. This makes Dewesoft the only provider of such a comprehensive solution bundle on the market. 

With fully-fledged and complete turbomachinery analysis, easy setup, intuitive presentation of measured data, and industry-leading measurement technology orbit analysis measurement is reinvented the Dewesoft way.

The Dewesoft Orbit Analyser solution can be used for research and development or for operational machine condition monitoring purposes. 

Turn-key SolutionFor Rotating Machinery

For Orbit Analysis

Turbomachinery provides kinetic energy to operations enabling movement - a function that is widely used in industrial processes to move solids, liquids, or gases through drivers, driven components, and transmissions such as:

  • Compressors
  • Drills
  • Generators
  • Turbines
  • Engines
  • Pumps
  • Blowers
  • Gearboxes

Above rotating machinery is applied in a variety of industries, e.g. automotive, chemical, oil and gas, metals, HVAC or mining, and in the majority of different power plants:

  • Hydroelectric
  • Nuclear
  • Thermal
  • Gas
  • Coal
  • Biomass
 Applications​​​​​​​For Orbit Analysis

Complete Functionality
Out of the Box

Out of the box, Dewesoft Orbit Analysis solution packs the entire set of industry-proven analysis metrics, supporting calculation and graphical representation of:

  • Raw orbit
  • Averaged orbit
  • Filtered orbit
  • Polar plot
  • Bode plot
  • Shaft centerline
  • Full-motion graph
  • Clearance circle
  • Runout compensation
  • Reference orbit
  • Complete set of waterfalls.

For more detailed vibration analysis, other Dewesoft modules can be added to the measurement configuration. We can add support for long-term machine-condition monitoring or in-depth turbomachinery analysis together with FFT or order tracking analysis.

Complete Functionality
Out of the Box

Measurement and Visualisation

Orbit Analysis module comes will a full preset of display widgets for real-time data visualization. The image shows a predefined orbit analysis screen. The following specific display widgets are available for orbit analysis:

  • Raw/Direct orbit (with clearance circle)
  • Averaged orbit (with clearance circle)
  • Nx/Filtered orbit
  • Reference orbit
  • Shaft centerline
  • Full motion graph
  • Polar plot
  • Bode plot
  • FFT Waterfall
  • Runout compensation

A set of designated widgets are needed for precise analysis and representation of results. Widgets can be customized in real-time to show standard parameter combinations used in orbit analysis. Standard visual displays such as recorder, digital/analog meters, etc. are also included with the software by default.

Additional inputs like temperature, CAN bus, deformations, vibration, etc. can easily be added and shown on the same screens.

Raw Orbit With Clearance Circle

Raw orbit is seen in the orange color on the graph with a clearance circle in turquoise color.

X and Y mark the position of proximity probes, whereas T marks the tacho’s position.

The rotation direction is also shown on the graph with an arrow.

Shaft Centerline

Shows shaft centerline movement in white vs. RPM inside the clearance circle.

Full Motion Graph

Full motion graph displays Shaft centerlineClearance circle, and Raw orbit on the same display widget.

Average Orbit With Clearance Circle

Average orbit is seen in turquoise on the graph with clearance circle in blue.

X and Y mark the position of proximity probes, whereas T marks the tacho’s position.

The rotation direction is also shown on the graph with an arrow.

Nx/Filtered Orbit

The above display widget shows examples of filtered orbits in white, turquoise, and orange. The particular orbits shown are:

  • X (White)
  • 2X (Orange) and
  • 3X (Turquoise).

Polar Plot

A single display in polar plane displaying phase and amplitude(displacement) at certain RPMs.

Bode Plot

Display widget for the complex channel with different available data to display phase and amplitude.

FFT Waterfall

Both orders vs. RPM and FFT vs. time waterfalls are supported. The image shows an example display of order waterfall vs. RPM with an added digital display for speed.

Measurement and Visualisation
Measurement and Visualisation
Measurement and Visualisation
Measurement and Visualisation
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Measurement and Visualisation
Measurement and Visualisation
Measurement and Visualisation
Measurement and Visualisation

Multiple Machine Trains Monitoring

To save time, you can mount multiple sensors and measure and monitor several machine trains within the same setup in parallel. This is very useful when you want to monitor and analyze several machine trains at the same time.

The configuration is as simple as using a single instance. There can be any number of bearings defined within individual machine trains even when using more than a single instance of Orbit Analysis.

Multiple Machine Trains Monitoring

Proximity Probes Compatibility

Dewesoft orbit analyzer is compatible with most of the proximity probes on the market. In most cases you can use your existing installed proximity probes.

We suggest using Micro-Epsilon probes. Most of these probes can be connected directly to our data acquisition LV signal conditioning module without the need for a separate power supply. Probes cam bi powered directly from our signal amplifiers.

Can we integrate Bently Nevada proximity probes?

Yes. Depending on the customer’s system we can either connect to conditioned signal (3500) or directly to the proximitor using the power supply on the LV module.

Proximity Probes Compatibility

DAQ Hardware
Typical Orbit Analysis System Configuration

Dewesoft Orbit Analysis system is very flexible and can be configured for single or multiple bearings measurements at the same time. Input channel count can be expanded at any time. DAQ system can also be configured to allow different sensor connections at the same time - thermocouples, RTDs, IEPE/ICP® accelerometers, strain gauges, and more.

The typical Orbit analysis measurement system will consist typically of the following elements:


DAQ HardwareTypical Orbit Analysis System Configuration

Simple Machine and Bearings Setup

Dewesoft orbit analysis module offers a simple machine and bearing configuration. Machine configuration setup can be further broken down into subsections.

Machine Configuration

  1. Quick settings: Pair/Mono, CW/CWW, input ch., Angle, Position
  2. Measure: measure the DC gap button
  3. Setup: opens additional settings for the bearing, further explained below under Bearing setup

​​​​​​​Bearing Configuration

  1. Sensors: configure proximity probes, keyphasor/tacho position, and angle.
  2. Runout compensation and reference orbit: input runout compensation or reference orbit data into the designated table or simply paste it from elsewhere.
  3. Measurement: set shaft rotation direction, clearance circle size, and shape, number of periods, and averages taken into the average orbit calculation or manually input DC Gap.
Simple Machine and Bearings Setup

Machine Condition Monitoring

Orbit analysis is a standard component for machine condition monitoring and can be combined with other capabilities of the Dewesoft Machine Condition Monitoring solution.

What parameters can we measure and observe?

  • Temperature monitoring
  • Vibration monitoring
  • Strain monitoring
  • Pressure monitoring
  • Rotational speed monitoring
  • Force monitoring

What faults can we detect?

  • Bearing faults
  • Overheating
  • Shaft un-balance
  • Detached mounting
  • Gear-tooth failure
  • Load misalignment
  • Stator excentricity
  • Other machine catastrophic failures
Machine Condition Monitoring

Proven and Accurate
Measurement Results

Our orbit analysis measurement results have been proven several times by our customers. The measurement and analysis results have been compared to the industry-leading solutions such as Bently Nevada 3500 and Bently Nevada Adre systems, as well as the OROS Orbitgate system. 

The comparison results have proven that our measurements are at least accurate as of the industry benchmark systems.

Proven and Accurate​​​​​​​Measurement Results

Cost-Effective Solution
We Are Cutting Down Your Costs 

Dewesoft orbit analysis solution offers a very attractive price compared to the other solutions available on the market. Not only the price of hardware and software is lower, but there are also no maintenance contracts fees or any other hidden costs.

Our software licensing policy offers lifetime free software updates with new functionalities and bug fixes cost-free. And our global technical support is offered free of charge to all existing and new users.

Cost-Effective SolutionWe Are Cutting Down Your Costs 

Great Investment
Future-Proof Application

Dewesoft orbit analysis is a great investment in your future. Our solutions are constantly being improved, and new features are being added all the time. All updates to the modal testing software suite are free of charge.

Our industry-leading 7-year warranty on Dewesoft data acquisition systems means worry-free measurements for you. We are committed to ensuring that your investment in our measurement equipment was a good one - even when the unexpected occurs. 

Together with world-class data acquisition technology, Dewesoft provides the best Modal testing and modal analysis solution your money can buy.

Great InvestmentFuture-Proof Application

Dewesoft Training Resources
For Orbit Analysis


Manual and Documentation

Case Studies and Application Notes


Dewesoft Training Resources
For Orbit Analysis


What is orbit analysis?

Orbit analysis is a tool for vibration analysis on rotating machinery, especially those machines that are permanently equipped with proximity probes for vibration measurement. The process is essentially an extension of time waveform analysis as it uses time-domain data from a pair of orthogonal probes plotted on an X-Y graph with consideration for the physical location of the proximity probes. 

What is orbit plot?

Orbit Plot displays the movement of the shaft centerline for orbit analysis on sleeve bearings. Orbit Plot requires two or four channels and the turning speed. If you use a tachometer, the signal is recorded automatically.

What is polar plot?

A polar plot is a single display in a polar plane displaying phase and amplitude (displacement) at certain RPMs.

What equipment is needed to perform orbit analysis?

A typical configuration would consist of a pair of proximity probes and a keyphasor (tacho probe) per one bearing. Dewesoft supports a virtually unlimited number of bearings, so this configuration can be multiplied as many times as needed in a particular application. If needed, Dewesoft Orbit Analysis also supports mono configuration with a single probe per bearing and offers additional customizability options to suit different measurement needs.

Do you support any industry typical orbit analysis displays?

Yes. There is a predefined Orbit Analysis screen to help you out in the beginning and there are virtually unlimited options when it comes to defining your measurement screen. In short, we support:

  • raw/direct orbit (with clearance circle)
  • averaged orbit (with clearance circle)
  • filtered/NX orbit
  • Shaft centerline (with clearance circle)
  • Full motion graph
  • Bode plot
  • Order and FFT waterfalls vs. RPM.

Channels are easily added to different dedicated displays (Orbit plot, Polar plot, 2D graph) in order to create exactly what you need. For example, the shaft centerline with a clearance circle is easily transformed into a full-motion graph with a single click.

Is Dewesoft Orbit analysis capable of compensating for shaft shape irregularities?

Of course. This is done through dedicated Runout compensation, which can be performed at any desired rotation speed. The user inputs the speed and selects the number of revolutions to average when performing the runout compensation. The compensation itself is handled through a dedicated measurement screen and is completely automated once started.

Are future updates and upgrades to the Orbit analysis module free?

Absolutely. All DewesoftX data acquisition software upgrades are free for all users and there is no exception to the orbit analysis module. The new future updates will be available for free to all existing users.

Do you offer monitoring capabilities together with Orbit analysis measurements?

We do. Our Historian time-series database can offer a complete solution for long term machine condition monitoring. Since these systems can vary in their architecture and requirements, we recommend getting in touch with the local representative and they will arrange for our engineer to contact you and prepare a solution for your measurement needs.

What proximity probes do we recommend and how do we connect them to our DAQ systems?

We suggest using Micro-Epsilon probes. Most of these probes can be connected directly to our LV module without the need for a separate power supply.

What if the customer already has probes?

We can support most of the probes out there, but to be sure it is better to contact our support team if unsure about supply voltage and ranges for the particular probe.

Can we integrate Bently Nevada proximity probes?

Yes. Depending on the customer’s system we can either connect to conditioned signal (3500) or directly to the proximitor using the power supply on the LV module.

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