Another key AI application that is seeing more use in factory automation is predictive maintenance/repair. Robotic axis failure detection is an example of this. By using deep learning, the data of self-test movements under normal conditions are analyzed and the occurrence of something anomalous can be detected. That means as opposed to sticking to a routine preventative maintenance schedule that occurs at fixed intervals, a machine can be serviced as the need arises and before a breakdown occurs. AI provides condition monitoring and early identification of potential problems.
AI is introducing many exciting new possibilities to manufacturing as we move through the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Get ready to embrace the next big movement in the automation industry.