On August 9-15th  Fraunhofer IAO together with the University of Stuttgart, linked 3rd party within Z-BRE4K, took part in the 25th International Conference on Production Research (ICPR), Manufacturing Innovation: Cyber Physical Manufacturing, in Chicago (USA).

The confernece, which brings together global researchers in manufacturing innovation and cyber physical systems from industry, government and commercial companies’ research labs and academia to advance the current boundaries of research to a new level of multi-faceted manufacturing systems, was the occasion to present the Z-BRE4K project and to launch the the paper “Approach for a holistic predictive maintenance strategy by incorporating a digital twin” to a wide public of more than 240 high-profile participants.


Prof. Riedel, leader of Fraunhofer IAO, spoke during his keynote about the digital twin for predictive maintenance in Z-BRE4K and Dipl.Ing. Zimmermann presented the paper during the technical session “Data analytics 1”.

The paper shows an approach for a predictive maintenance strategy dealing with acquisition, processing, and analysis of historical field data as well as the generation of respective simulation data. A structured process map, with a derived systematic strategy, will give companies an idea of how they can integrate predictive maintenance into existing processes. Then, by incorporating the concept of a digital twin of a production machine, the interaction of measured and estimated as well as generated data by means of simulation, are shown. The digital twin could deliver results to retrofit data-driven prediction models, in order to improve the estimation of the machine’s residual useful life (RUL).

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