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New FANUC Tool Uses ML for Predictive Maintenance

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June 20, 2022

Global automation provider FANUC has launched a new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) software tool that aims to prevent production problems before they happen. The AI Servo Monitor uses artificial intelligence to predict possible failures of the drive systems for FANUC servomotors and spindle motors.

In conjunction with MT-LINKi through machine learning, the AI Servo Monitor analyzes the daily performance of machines equipped with FANUC CNCs. Daily data is displayed in intuitive graphs, which allows users to monitor abnormalities on those machines. AI then automatically creates a baseline model of the machine while it’s running in a normal state. An anomaly score then expresses a difference in the baseline model and daily recorded values. Email notifications can be issued if this value exceeds the predefined thresholds.

“The power of IIoT software is that it detects a failure before it happens, not after,” said Jon Heddleson, general manager of factory automation at FANUC America. “Predictive maintenance is key in preventing unexpected downtime. FANUC’s AI Servo Monitor helps ensure that production keeps running smoothly.”

The MT-Linki software provides machine status monitoring and data collection, connecting shop floor equipment that can include machine tools, robots, and PLCs. The software monitors, collects, and presents data in color-coded graphical representations of the factory floor to provide more information about manufacturing processes, as well as historical data. Non-FANUC CNCs, PLCs and various sensors can be connected using MTConnect or OPC-UA protocol.

Information presented via MT-Linki enables data-driven business decisions to optimize operations through enhanced maintenance capabilities such as scheduling memory backups, presenting alarm/operator history, and monitoring the status of memory backup batteries, cooling fans, motor temperatures, and more.

For more details on the AI Servo Monitor, visit the FANUC website here.


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