Service Architecture and Interface Design for Mobile Machine Parameter Optimization System
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Abstract Performance improvement is a constantly important topic in manufacturing, and mobile work machines are no exception. In some mobile machines, machine behaviour is affected by various device parameters. Their effect can be examined by statistical analysis, but exploiting analysis results during machine operation requires a sophisticated distributed information system. This paper introduces an architecture for such a system suitable for geographically dispersed machine fleets. It covers aspects on data collection, storage, analysis and utilization. Once statistical analysis has been performed, its results are made available for applications that assess machine performance locally during operation. If there is room for improvement in parameter values, the operator of the machine is given suggestions to change them. A prototype implementation is presented. The results show that such an information system has a considerable potential of bringing competitive advantage to machine operators. Besides, added value is also expected to the manufacturer of the machine as performance-related knowledge is augmented. Thus, further service business development is also contributed.