Artificial Intelligence machine controller
Hoffman Estates, Illinois – Automation solutions provider Omron Automation Americas’ Sysmac AI Controller handles several key steps in the data-driven decision process for predictive maintenance, thereby freeing up industrial professionals from tedious calculations, analyses, and infrastructure upgrades.
Manufacturers can reduce the risk of bad parts or equipment damage by detecting issues early on and prompting immediate action to resolve them. Customers will be able to take advantage of Omron’s advanced technology and its team of data scientists to facilitate predictive maintenance rather than figuring everything out on their own.
The AI functionality – machine learning – can identify abnormal machine behavior without being explicitly programmed to do so. Since there could be many different factors and measurements that indicate an issue when observed together, automating the feature extraction process saves a significant amount of time and resources. Leveraging the machine learning results during production is key to ensuring end user cost savings.
The process of collecting raw data from machines is completely automated by the AI controller which operates on the “edge” within the machine, ensuring higher data fidelity and consistency. In addition, the controller automatically creates data models from correlation analysis and monitors machine status based on that model. Without this automation, machine designers and operators would otherwise need to develop their own analytics and optimization capabilities in order to avoid cloud solution costs.
Omron’s approach to artificial intelligence-based control involves hardware, offline software, and in-person service. No Internet connectivity or IT infrastructure/service is required. The hardware is based on the Sysmac NY5 IPC and the NX7 CPU and includes Omron’s AI Application Components, a library of AI predictive maintenance function blocks. Several additional AI specific utilities are also included.
Because data collection and analysis are performed within the same hardware as the controls program, the solution provides high data processing speed, accuracy, and security. For the service component, Omron experts will assist in startup and provide periodic support.