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Orbit AnalysisRotor movements examination and 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.

Orbit Analysis highlights

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 calculations 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 customers multiple times against industry-leading solutions such as Bently Nevada 3500, Bently Bently Nevada ADRE, and OROS ORBIGate 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 supply excitation to the majority of proximity probes on the market. Have existing probes been 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 synchronized.

Expandability and multi-functionality

The Dewesoft system is very flexible and offers many additional functionalities for in-depth insights into rotating machinery dynamics. FFT analysis, orbit analysis, torsional vibration, electrical power analysis, and others are available. In addition, other types of sensors can be connected to simultaneously capture vibration, strain, temperature, video, sound, etc. with precise synchronization.

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 and 7-year warranty

Enjoy our industry-leading 7-year warranty. Our data acquisition systems are made in Europe, utilizing only the highest build quality standards. We offer free and customer-focused technical support. Your investment into the Dewesoft solutions is protected for years ahead.

Software included

Every Dewesoft data acquisition system is bundled with award-winning DewesoftX data acquisition software. The software is easy to use but very rich and deep in functionality. All software updates are free forever with no hidden licensing or yearly maintenance fees.

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 movement 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, and 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 vibrations 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.

Turn-key Solution For Rotating Machinery

The Dewesoft Orbit Analyzer is bundled with award-winning DewesoftX data acquisition software and a very flexible DAQ hardware configuration. A simple user interface allows quick configuration, measurement, recording, interpretation of the measured results, and building of 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:

  • Order tracking analysis

  • FFT analysis

  • Torsional and rotational vibration

  • Octave band analysis

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. 

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 as accurate as the industry benchmark systems.

Applications 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

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:

  • SIRIUSi isolated data acquisition system with 8xLV signal amplifiers or 6xLV-2xLV+ (additional two counter) amplifiers.

  • 2-8x Eddy-current probes

  • DewesoftX Orbit Analysis option


  • FFT Analyzer option

  • Orbit tracking analysis option​​​​​​​

  • OPC UA Client/Server option

  • Historian time-series database

  • MODBUS protocol option

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.

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 recorders, 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

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

Average Orbit With Clearance Circle

The average orbit is seen in turquoise on the graph with a 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 the 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.

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, key phasor/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.

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.

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 contract 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.

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

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.

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.

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