Artificial Neural Networks for Generic Predictive Maintenance

  • C. Kirkham
  • T. Harris
Conference paper


This paper outlines a research project to develop artificial neural networks as a diagnostic tool for the automatic identification of rotating machine faults. This work was instigated by the DTI Neural Computing Learning Solutions Campaign’s AXON Neural Projects Club. Industrial sponsors are Entek/IRD, Diagnostic Instruments Ltd., and Arjo Wiggins Paper Mills. The biggest problem encountered by developers of SMART software systems is that examples of all conditions to be identified are required. In practice this is not possible due to the routine method of plant machinery data collection, and due to the individual behaviour of the machinery. A method is required which is capable of diagnosing a previously unseen fault upon any bearing. This paper proposes a hybrid neural network approach which first determines a novel condition, then a knowledge base categorises the condition. The system is currently working off-line in support of the maintenance technician at the sponsors paper mill plant.


Paper Mill Fault Data Fault Class Roller Element Bearing Predictive Maintenance 


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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Kirkham
    • 1
  • T. Harris
    • 1
  1. 1.The Centre for Neural Computing ApplicationsBrunel UniversityEgham, SurreyUK

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