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Durst develops AI predictive maintenance for printers

Durst has joined an EU-funded project to develop software that enables predictive maintenance in print production facilities. "We are calculating appropriate algorithms that make predictions about maintenance requirements."

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               Durst P5 Series

"The combination of intelligent sensors and software evaluation for component and machine data forms the basis for predictive maintenance - the detection of error states or the need for service or replacement of spare parts "in advance" so that production can be adjusted accordingly,” said Christian Casazza, customer service director of Durst Group. “With the PREMISE project, we go one step further and use artificial intelligence methods to make these predictions and interventions before an emergency even more efficient and to be able to apply them even to complex, causal relationships. This is a decisive advantage, especially in times when international traffic is restricted."

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        Johann Gamper, professor
      Faculty of Computer Science
  Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Durst, manufacturer of digital printing technologies, is starting the EU-funded project PREMISE with the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (unibz). A manufacturer of snowmaking systems, TechnoAlpin, was selected as a further industrial partner. The project, headed by Johann Gamper, professor and vice rector for research at the Faculty of Computer Science, aims to develop “a technical infrastructure with database technologies that enables predictive maintenance measures on production facilities.” The project runs until July 2022 and will be extended until the end of 2022. “depending on the status.”

“In the PREMISE project, we are calculating appropriate algorithms that make predictions about maintenance requirements, including for sub-areas,” said Gamper. “In this project, we can test technologies that we have been researching for years with our industrial partners on the basis of specific case studies and adapt them to specific requirements. We are thus contributing to technology transfer - an important mission of unibz."

durst predictive logosDurst: "Specific sensors are built into Durst printing machines that provide information on the functioning and condition of individual components and parts. To prevent machine downtime, there are specifications and cycles for maintenance, but every printing press has different production-related factors that affect productivity and operating times. For this reason, algorithms are required that make predictions." 

Michael Deflorian, business unit manager software & solutions of Durst Group, said: “The PREMISE project is a further component in our vision of a smart factory, where networked infrastructures, intelligent production systems and innovative software enable an automated business process. With the predictive maintenance developed in the project Framework and the machine learning techniques used will in future trigger the maintenance of the printing systems independently in order to guarantee predictable and trouble-free operation."