Predictive machine health monitoring
Project description and overview:
This project seeks to improve factory productivity by reducing unplanned production line stoppages and downtimes. This is a costly major global industry challenge and source of frustration for management, customers and shop floor teams. Asahi Beverages and the project participants plan to co-develop and pilot a machine health monitoring system that can predict unplanned stoppages before they occur.
The technology will be developed on a bottling line at Asahi Beverages’s Laverton production facility. One of the project’s most innovative features is its use of a cyber-physical production system, leveraging Internet of Things capabilities. Numerous sensors will be attached to diverse machines to measure physical inputs and outputs such as temperature, vibration, oil quality and energy use. Analysis of real-time data will enable predictive diagnostics, including the recommending of specific actions for technicians to perform pre-emptive maintenance.
As a result of this project, manufacturers will be able to forecast future production line stoppages. This will assist them to plan preventive maintenance routines, and extend the working life and utilisation of their assets through increased monitoring of actual equipment condition. Maintenance teams can switch from performing reactive and preventive tasks to undertaking value-adding and strategic activities. Asahi Beverages aims to increase production line throughput and efficiency, including overall productivity. It also seeks to reduce its on-site stockholding of spare parts.
Asahi Beverages is confident that its experience will serve as an inspiring case study for Australian SMEs seeking to implement new predictive maintenance technologies. The company will open its doors for site visits and industry education sessions during the lifespan of the project and following its successful completion. It is hoped Australian manufacturers will gain valuable insights to digitalise their operations and implement Industry 4.0 practices, a key marker of competitiveness in today’s internet-driven world.
Government Funds: $119,250 | Industry: $119,250 | In-Kind: $10,425