Failures of the various machines in packaging plants for food and beverages lead to plant downtimes and decrease their efficiency. The operators wish for tools, to classify downtime reasons automatically. The results of the previous research project LineMod allow allocating efficiency decreasing downtimes to their originating plant components with an accuracy of 90 per cent. But about 40 per cent of all downtimes occur due to different reasons. LineMod did not focus on these yet.
The follow up project LineMET will expand the boundaries of the systems, regarded in LineMod. Solutions for the unconsidered downtime cases will be developed. Main goal is to produce reusable and combinable model components for machines and organizational units in packaging. They will allow describing their general behavior characteristics and the propagation of process faults as reasons for later plant downtimes. Weak points in plant control and logistics should become detectable by this. Additionally there will be a special focus on the verification of production data. Analysis tools based on the project results will open up new optimization resources. A further increase of the packaging efficiency by 3 per cent is expected.
The projects results will be presented to the cooperating industry board. In addition to that, they will be published in conferences, industry seminars, on fairs, in the technical press and on online portals. The results will be implemented by system vendors and specialized mechanical engineering companies. Finally mainly food and beverage companies of smaller and middle size will profit from the projects results.
The IGF project presented here by the Research Association of the Industrial Association for Food Technology and Packaging (IVLV e.V.) is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy via the AiF as part of the program for the promotion of industrial community research (IGF) based on a decision of the German Bundestag.