Maintenance and servicing with the help of AI

Predictive maintenance is an important aspect in production to improve the efficiency and reliability of machines and plants and to minimise unplanned downtime. Artificial intelligence can play a major role in optimising the maintenance and servicing of machines and plants. By using AI technologies, data from various sources such as sensors, surveillance cameras and log files can be collected and analysed in real time.

Especially in the food industry, pattern recognition and predictive maintenance play an increasingly important role in ensuring product quality, optimising production processes and minimising unplanned downtime. These two technologies offer innovative solutions to increase the efficiency and reliability of production facilities while ensuring food safety and quality.

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Agnes Tholen

Director Sales & Marketing (ppa.)

Pattern recognition

Pattern recognition is a crucial tool in the food industry to identify defects in products before they reach the market. This is done by analysing visual, sensory or data-based patterns during the production process. For example, vision systems can be used to detect contamination or defective products on conveyor belts. This technology makes it possible to sort out defective food and ensure the quality of the end products.

Another application area of pattern recognition is the sorting and classification of food. With the help of machine learning and artificial intelligence, products can be sorted according to size, colour, degree of ripeness and other characteristics. This increases the efficiency of production and reduces waste.

Predictive maintenance

This technology helps minimise unplanned downtime of production facilities by enabling predictive maintenance. In the food industry, where equipment often operates around the clock, this is critical to ensure production continuity.

By continuously monitoring equipment using sensors and data analytics, companies can detect early signs of wear, tear or potential failures. This data is used to create preventive maintenance schedules so that maintenance is carried out exactly when it is needed, rather than on a fixed schedule. This not only reduces maintenance costs, but also prevents expensive unplanned downtime.

An example of this is the monitoring of refrigeration and freezing equipment in food processing plants. By continuously analysing temperature and pressure data, companies can detect anomalies at an early stage and avoid failures that could lead to food losses and financial losses.


Predictive maintenance makes

  • Improved reliability and availability of machinery and equipment.

  • Unplanned downtime minimized.

  • Efficiency of production increased.

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