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Intelligent predictive maintenance (IPdM) in forestry: a review of challenges and opportunities


Maktoubian, J and Taskhiri, M and Turner, P, Intelligent predictive maintenance (IPdM) in forestry: a review of challenges and opportunities, Forests, 12, (11) pp. 1-26. ISSN 1999-4907 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/f12111495


The feasibility of reliably generating bioenergy from forest biomass waste is intimately linked to supply chain and production processing costs. These costs are, at least in part, directly related to assumptions about the reliability and cost-efficiency of the machinery used along the forestry bioenergy supply chain. Although mechanization in forestry operations has advanced in the last 20 years, it is evident that challenges remain in relation to production capability, standardization of wood quality, and supply guarantee from forestry resources because of the age and reliability of the machinery. An important component in sustainable bioenergy from biomass supply chains will be confidence in consistent production costs linked to guarantees about harvest and haulage machinery reliability. In this context, this paper examines the issue of machinery maintenance and advances in machine learning and big data analysis that are contributing to improved intelligent prediction that is aiding supply chain reliability in bioenergy from woody biomass. The concept of "Industry 4.0 " refers to the integration of numerous technologies and business processes that are transforming many aspects of conventional industries. In the realm of machinery maintenance, the dramatic increase in the capacity to dynamically collect, collate, and analyze data inputs including maintenance archive data, sensor-based monitoring, and external environmental and contextual variables. Big data analytics offers the potential to enhance the identification and prediction of maintenance (PdM) requirements. Given that estimates of costs associated with machinery maintenance vary between 20% and 60% of the overall costs, the need to find ways to better mitigate these costs is important. While PdM has been shown to help, it is noticeable that to-date there has been limited assessment of the impacts of external factors such as weather condition, operator experiences and/or operator fatigue on maintenance costs, and in turn the accuracy of maintenance predictions. While some researchers argue these data are captured by sensors on machinery components, this remains to be proven and efforts to enhance weighted calibrations for these external factors may further contribute to improving the prediction accuracy of remaining useful life (RUL) of machinery. This paper reviews and analyzes underlying assumptions embedded in different types of data used in maintenance regimes and assesses their quality and their current utility for predictive maintenance in forestry. The paper also describes an approach to building 'intelligent' predictive maintenance for forestry by incorporating external variables data into the computational maintenance model. Based on these insights, the paper presents a model for an intelligent predictive maintenance system (IPdM) for forestry and a method for its implementation and evaluation in the field.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:intelligent predictive maintenance (IPdM), big data analytics, chipper, machine learning, operator fatigue, remaining useful life (RUL)
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Forestry sciences
Research Field:Agroforestry
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Maktoubian, J (Mr Jamal Maktoubian)
UTAS Author:Taskhiri, M (Dr Mohammad Sadegh Taskhiri)
UTAS Author:Turner, P (Associate Professor Paul Turner)
ID Code:151851
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2022-08-05
Last Modified:2022-09-05
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