In future manufacturing operations, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) is sure to be a major partner to the operators. Capable of quickly and reliably evaluating the increasingly large data volumes collected in modern production plants, it can provide filtered, context-related results to the operators. The deployment of AI in the Industrie 4.0 environment is demonstrated in several use cases at the SmartFactoryKL production plant:
For demonstration purposes, an anomaly during operations is generated in the form of an unusual vibration at one of the stations of the Industrie 4.0 production plant at SmartFactoryKL. An edge device records the vibration and transmits the values to the cloud. The signal is analyzed there with the aid of AI algorithms to detect the anomaly.
Another simulated anomaly, this one appearing as a grinding noise, is also generated. Acoustic recordings are continuously made of the noise environment within the production stations and then analyzed by AI algorithms. AI is able to classify any unusual noise and recognize it as an anomaly.
A third use case is based on cameras installed at the stations that film the production flow. This also results in the accumulation of large amounts of data, which can only be meaningfully evaluated by AI. This task is carried out by an intelligent computer vision service, which recognizes and analyzes the workpiece to include its processing status. Using this data, the computer vision AI algorithm determines if the processing step was carried out error-free. To specify the adaptive learning process, various well-trained models of the AI algorithm are used.
A key tool in the practical implementation of the findings obtained from AI is the technology known as AUGMENTED REALITY (AR).