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Combining chronicle mining and semantics for predictive maintenance in manufacturing processes

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© 2020-IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved.Within manufacturing processes, faults and failures may cause severe economic loss. With the vision of Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence techniques such as data mining play a crucial role in automatic fault and failure prediction. However, due to the heterogeneous nature of industrial data, data mining results normally lack both machine and human-understandable representation and interpretation of knowledge. This may cause the semantic gap issue, which stands for the incoherence between the knowledge extracted from industrial data and the interpretation of the knowledge from a user. To address this issue, ontology-based approaches have been used to bridge the semantic gap between data mining results and users. However, only a few existing ontology-based approaches provide satisfactory knowledge modeling and representation for all the essential concepts in predictive maintenance. Moreover, most of the existing research works merely focus on the classification of operating conditions of machines, while lacking the extraction of specific temporal information of failure occurrence. This brings obstacles for users to perform maintenance actions with the consideration of temporal constraints. To tackle these challenges, in this paper we introduce a novel hybrid approach to facilitate predictive maintenance tasks in manufacturing processes. The proposed approach is a combination of data mining and semantics, within which chronicle mining is used to predict the future failures of the monitored industrial machinery, and a Manufacturing Predictive Maintenance Ontology (MPMO) with its rule-based extension is used to predict temporal constraints of failures and to represent the predictive results formally. As a result, Semantic Web Rule Language (SWRL) rules are constructed for predicting the occurrence time of machinery failures in the future. The proposed rules provide explicit knowledge representation and semantic enrichment of failure prediction results, thus easing the understanding of the inferred knowledge. A case study on a semi-conductor manufacturing process is used to demonstrate our approach in detail. The evaluation of results shows that the MPMO ontology is free of bad practices in the structural, functional, and usability-profiling dimensions. The constructed SWRL rules posses more than 80% of True Positive Rate, Precision, and F-measure, which shows promising performance in failure prediction.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Thakker D, Patel P, Intizar Ali M, Shah T, Cao Q, Samet A, Zanni-Merk C, De Bertrand De Beuvron F, Reich C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Semantic Web

Year: 2020

Volume: 11

Issue: 6

Pages: 927-948

Online publication date: 29/10/2020

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

ISSN (print): 1570-0844

ISSN (electronic): 2210-4968

Publisher: IOS Press BV


DOI: 10.3233/SW-200406


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