Industrial Artificial Intelligence

Uses and benefits of AI in industrial applications

Companies use Industrial Intelligence to gain significant advantages over their competitors. By cleverly combining various AI methods, they can

  • continuously save time and costs,
  • optimize and automate routine processes,
  • increase productivity and efficiency,
  • improve sustainability and
  • make faster and better decisions.

AI use cases by industry

Energy

Control of transport and distribution infrastructures for electricity, gas, water and heat, including energy trading.

Production

Production processes throughout the supply chain from planning to control at the machine level.

Logistics

Logistics solutions for planning, controlling and optimizing logistics networks.

Transportation and traffic

Supervision and operation in transport operators as well as the monitoring, management and maintenance of traffic telematics infrastructures such as road networks.

Power transmission and distribution networks

Machine learning and artificial neural networks are the basic technologies for forecasting loads and infeed by distributed energy resources. The results provide important input data for look-ahead calculations to determine the expected network state. Hence future challenges in network management can be safely and efficiently managed today.

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Transport and distribution grids

The SASO system makes forward-looking recommendations to eliminate current and expected malfunctions in the transport or distribution grid, which are evaluated on the basis of fuzzy logic and provide the basis for optimal decisions. SASO can thus be expanded into a self-learning system, a kind of power grid autopilot.

Gas transport

Advanced industrial engineering processes can be used, for example, to predict and ensure the gas volumes required to fulfil gas supply contracts. Optimization processes in the operation of compressors and plants lead to cost savings and a reduction in CO2 emissions.

Energy trading

Advanced methodologies based on modern Machine Learning algorithms for the time series forecasting. The predictions of energy load and energy generation is now available with unprecedented accuracy due to the application of deep neural network and other machine learning methods. The high-quality forecasts provide real business benefits and clearly support the energy trade processes.

Gas grid operations

PSIgasguide identifies the best operational modes for reliable gas grid operations using boundary values and decision criteria. The software first utilizes future gas transport volumes and determines potential modes. A ranking is then calculated to assist the operator in selecting the optimal mode. The ranking is determined by evaluating different criteria based on a multi-criteria decision making technique.

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Energy trading

Balancing open positions via the market until shortly before the start of delivery and thus saving expensive balancing energy costs is becoming increasingly important in the energy trading process. PSI uses the AI-based Smart Day Trader with KPI-driven multi-criteria optimization for intuitive and understandable determination of structured remaining positions and flexible contract management for modeling.

Automotive industry

In the process of value-adding process data analysis by Deep Qualicision, data relations for predictive control and optimization of business processes are machine-learned from historical data using Qualitative Labeling.

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Tire industry

For optimized production control of processes in the tire industry, artificial intelligence methods are used to learn the test and validation data required for automatic image recognition. The accuracy of the classification is over 99 percent. Manual interventions in the production process are reduced and quality is constantly assured.

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Automotive industry

Extended fuzzy logic optimizes the key performance indicator-supported production processes with dynamic goal requirements and a certain and uncertain information situation. The advantages of optimization are, for example, cost savings through sequencing with flexible use of resources, the balancing of goal conflicts and the ability to react in real time.

Industry 4.0

Extended fuzzy logic is Industry 4.0-compatible and open for flexible control of processes far from rigid physical structures whether in areas like field/workforce management, predictive maintenance or agile production e.g. Automated Guided Vehicles for modular manufacturing with PSI swarm production.

Steel and aluminium industry

Combinatorial processes optimize production and sequence planning in the steel and aluminum industry. The advantage of this procedure is the dissolution of competing goals in the sense of overarching strategies taking into account plant-specific specifications (e.g. maximum capacity utilization with simultaneous adherence to delivery dates). Predefined KPIs allow the necessary dynamics to react to changing requirements.

Mechanical and plant engineering (English subtitles)

AI-based business process optimization uses qualitative labeling to evaluate machine data on a multi-criteria basis and recommends maintenance actions in advance. This increases machine availability, improves planning reliability, and reduces total operating costs.

Mechanical and plant engineering

Simultaneously ensuring high plant availability and minimized maintenance costs is a daily challenge in predictive asset management, in addition to scaling from one machine to plant networks. PSI uses the AI-based Qualicision technology to provide holistic and understandable maintenance recommendations and to plan specific operations and their monitoring.

Transport logistics

Extended fuzzy logic optimizes storage and transport of goods. Conflicts of goals between different key performance indicators are recognized and balanced. Delivery costs are reduced and packaging logistics are simplified.

Airport logistics

The use of artificial neural networks optimizes automatic baggage detection based on high-resolution images from several surveillance cameras. High quality real-time detection and baggage tracking throughout the baggage handling process is guaranteed. For example, damage is automatically detected and logged.

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Supply Chain Optimization

Various combinatorial processes support supply chain optimization, e.g. in the optimal selection of locations for logistics centers. Several criteria are taken into account and the most cost-effective solution is determined as a result. The processes are scalable and reusable.

Public transport

Extended fuzzy logic optimizes semi-automatically or fully automatically all processes in the depot of transport companies. This includes route optimization as well as vehicle positioning and tracking. The flexible configuration of all disposition criteria ensures improved vehicle maintenance while maintaining the required vehicle quality.

Transport infrastructure operators (German only)

Extended fuzzy logic supports infrastructure operators in managing traffic flows and ensures optimum operation for all road users. Conflicts of objectives are balanced according to predefined key performance indicators. Maintenance procedures can be planned and smoothly integrated into the management of the transport networks.

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Public transport

AI real-time optimization combines the multi-criteria optimization requirements of line operation on the road from the perspective of passenger transport as well as from the economic perspective of the depot. In particular, the real-time aspect of optimization, which dynamically adapts itself to the current situation by analyzing the conflict of goals, constitutes the advantages of extended fuzzy logic as an AI method.

 

How does Industrial Intelligence differ from Artificial Intelligence?

In industrial use, whether in production or in energy supply, significantly higher demands are placed on AI applications:

Precision

For popular applications such as speech recognition on smartphones, a recognition accuracy of 95% is sufficient. In industrial processes, a deviation of a few percentage points can paralyze the entire production.

Data robustness

Production must continue reliably even with incomplete data. This is where fuzzy logic comes in, providing the best decision support even under difficult conditions.

Process integration

AI is not a stand-alone application. It must be securely integrated into existing processes and interact with other services via interfaces and protocols.

Combination with other processes

Artificial Intelligence also has its limits. Only in combination with conventional optimization methods does AI fully play out its advantages.

 

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What are the real benefits of Industrial Intelligence?

Productivity gains in production

Even in flow manufacturing, production processes can be optimized using advanced fuzzy logic. Cost savings of 8 -10% are achievable through sequencing with flexible resource deployment, balancing conflicting goals, and real-time responsiveness.

A dynamic, self-organizing Industry 4.0 swarm production based on manufacturing islands and intelligent workpieces can realize additional productivity gains of 20% with appropriate optimization.

Sustainable steel production

In the metal industry, PSI software enables energy savings of around 10% and accompanies the structural change to low-CO2 production.

Savings in power grids

Significant sustainability effects are achieved in optimized charging management for electric vehicles and in the management of power grids through precise feed-in forecasts based on AI and the determination of optimal switching measures.

Compared with conventional grid expansion, investment in intelligent hardware and software saves around 40% of the costs that would otherwise be required for new transformers, cables and earthworks.

Efficiency gains in logistics and transport

In logistics, the use of Artificial Intelligence results in an increase in efficiency of more than 10%, e.g., through the use of AI optimization in the distribution center.

Using AI methods for traffic control in cities can reduce CO2 levels by up to 15%.

 

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Q&A on the use of AI in companies

AI expert Dr. Rudolf Felix answers the most urgent questions during the webinar AI? The SME sector can do it too!

  • Are huge amounts of data needed to train AI? (26:02)
  • How much manual labeling do current AI processes require? (27:01)
  • Can software only process data that is in competition with each other? (28:10)
  • How do I know which of the 50 AI methods makes the most sense for my own purposes? (29:12)
  • Does AI simplify my quality assurance through image analysis? (29:57)
  • Do I need to take care of machine learning in image processing myself? (30:49)
  • How does supply chain optimization work with AI in intralogistics? (31:35)
  • What is the difference between machine learning, AI and deep learning? (32:40)

 Do you have further questions? Or you would like to implement artificial intelligence in your company, but don't yet know exactly how?

Recording in German language only. Alternatively, you can read the interview with Dr. Felix about Optimizing Industrial Business Processes with AI.

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