Machine Prognosis with Full Utilization of Truncated Lifetime Data

Heng, Soong Yin Aiwina, Tan, Andy C. C., Mathew, Joseph, & Yang, Bo-Suk (2007) Machine Prognosis with Full Utilization of Truncated Lifetime Data. In Gelman, L. (Ed.) 2nd World Congress on Engineering Asset Management and the 4th International Conference on Condition Monitoring, 11-14 June 2007, Harrogate, UK.


Intelligent machine fault prognostics estimates how soon and likely a failure will occur with little human expert judgement. It minimizes production downtime, spares inventory and maintenance labour costs. Prognostic models, especially probabilistic methods, require numerous historical failure instances. In practice however, industrial and military communities would rarely allow their engineering assets to run to failure. It is only known that the machine component survived up to the time of repair or replacement but there is no information as to when the component would have failed if left undisturbed. Data of this sort are called truncated data. This paper proposes a novel model, the Intelligent Product Limit Estimator (iPLE), which utilizes truncated data to perform adaptive long-range prediction of a machine component's remaining lifetime. It takes advantage of statistical models' ability to provide useful representation of survival probabilities, and of neural networks ability to recognise nonlinear relationships between a machine component's future survival condition and a given series of prognostic data features. Progressive bearing degradation data were simulated and used to train and validate the proposed model. The results support our hypothesis that the iPLE can perform better than similar prognostics models that neglect truncated data.

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ID Code: 15629
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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ISBN: 9781901892222
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (091300) > Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified (091399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Neural Evolutionary and Fuzzy Computation (080108)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600) > Signal Processing (090609)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2016 04:53

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