FANUC Corporation considers downtime as the enemy of manufacturing profitability. For that reason, the global automation solutions company has introduced a new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) software solution. The aim of which is to prevent production problems before they happen.
Particularly, the AI Servo Monitor uses artificial intelligence to predict possible failures of the drive systems for FANUC servomotors and spindle motors.
AI Servo Monitor, in conjunction with MT-LINKi through machine learning, analyzes the daily performance of machines equipped with FANUC CNCs. In addition, daily data seen in intuitive graphs allow users to easily monitor abnormalities on these machines.
Artificial intelligence automatically creates a baseline model of the machine while running in a normal state. Understandably, an “anomaly score” developed expresses a difference in the baseline model and the daily recorded values. On a web interface, users can easily see the anomaly scores in a graph. Plus, email notifications can be issued if this value exceeds the predefined thresholds.
“The power of IIOT software detects a failure before it happens, not after,” says Jon Heddleson, General Manager of Factory Automation for FANUC America. “Predictive maintenance (prevents) unexpected downtime. FANUC’s AI Servo Monitor helps ensure that production keeps running smoothly.”
MT-Linki is FANUC’s machine status monitoring and data collection software that connects shop floor equipment. This includes machine tools, robots, and PLCs. Moreover, MT-Linki monitors, collects, and presents data in color-coded graphical representations of the factory floor. Hence, it provides more information about manufacturing processes as well as historical data. Meanwhile, non-FANUC CNCs, PLCs, and various sensors can connect using MTConnect or OPC-UA protocol.
Information presented via MT-Linki enables data-driven business decisions to optimize operations through enhanced maintenance capabilities. Among them, scheduling memory backups, and presenting alarm/operator history. In addition, they also monitor the status of memory backup batteries, cooling fans, motor temperatures, among others.