Advantech is Now a Member of the Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems
(Cincinnati, Ohio 12/12/2005) - The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech is now a member of the Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS). IMS was established in 2001 as a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC), through a partnership between the University of Cincinnati and the University of Michigan. Their vision is to enable products and systems to achieve, and sustain, near-zero breakdown performance, and ultimately transform the traditional maintenance practices of fail and fix to a predict and prevent methodology. The Center is focused on frontier technologies in embedded and remote monitoring, prognostics, and intelligent decision support tools, and has coined the trademarked Watchdog Agent prognostics tools and Device-to-Business (D2B) infotronics platform for e-maintenance systems.The Watchdog Agent can asses and predict the performance of a process, or equipment, based on the input from the sensors mounted on it. Performance related information is extracted from multiple sensor inputs through signal processing, feature extraction and sensor fusion techniques. Historical behavior of process signatures is utilized to predict their future behavior, and thus forecast the process or machines performance. Based on the forecasted performance, proactive maintenance can be facilitated through the prediction of potential failures before they occur. Furthermore, this proactive maintenance infrastructure can be supported by the information gathered by the Watchdog Agent this peer to peer (P2P) paradigm will be utilized to improve diagnostic and forecasting functionalities of the Watchdog Agent. Jay Lee, Director of NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on IMS says IMS is a national center of excellence in advanced prognostics and intelligent maintenance systems and has been partnering with over 50 global companies to transform maintenance from fail and fix practices to predict and prevent methodology since its inception in 2001. Its vision is to help companies rapidly develop, validate, and deploy prognostics tools for predictive monitoring and maintenance of equipment and assets and ultimately achieve zero-breakdown performance. IMS is very excited to work with Advantech to integrate IMS Watchdog Agent prognostics tools with Advantechs product platform to make pervasive impacts to its members as well as the diversified industries.Advantech is very excited to be a IMS member and to provide the necessary tools and experience needed to integrate the Watchdog Agent.IMS The Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems was established in 2001 as a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC), through a partnership between the University of Cincinnati and the University of Michigan. In 2005, the center has expanded to add the new satellite sight, Missouri-Rolla. To date the center has conducted 65 research projects and test-beds and over 45 member companies and sponsors have invested over $4M. www.imscenter.netAdvantech Corporation, Industrial Automation Group - Founded in 1983, the Industrial Automation Group of Advantech Corporation is the only complete PC-based Industrial Automation Solution Manufacturer offering products such as Industrial PCs, Workstations, Panel PCs, Flat Panel Monitors, Heavy Environmental PCs, Customized PCs, Single Board Computers, Data Acquisition & Control Devices and Web-enabled products for a wide array of industries. Drawing on the talents of more than 1,800 people, Advantech operates an extensive sales and marketing network in 16 countries and 35 major cities to deliver fast time-to-market services to our worldwide customers. Today Advantech offers over 700 products and solutions, adding 30 new products each year. US operations for the Industrial Automation Group are based in Cincinnati, OH (877-294-8989). Advantech Corporation, Industrial Automation Group, 1320 Kemper Meadow Drive, Suite 500, Cincinnati, OH 45240. Website for Advantech customers in North America: www.eautomationpro.com/us.
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