Intelligent decision support for maintenance: an overview and future trends

C. J. Turner*, C. Emmanouilidis, Tetsuo Tomiyama, A. Tiwari, R. Roy

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The changing nature of manufacturing, in recent years, is evident in industry’s willingness to adopt network-connected intelligent machines in their factory development plans. A number of joint corporate/government initiatives also describe and encourage the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the operation and management of production lines. Machine learning will have a significant role to play in the delivery of automated and intelligently supported maintenance decision-making systems. While e-maintenance practice provides aframework for internet-connected operation of maintenance practice the advent of IoT has changed the scale of internetworking and new architectures and tools are needed. While advances in sensors and sensor fusion techniques have been significant in recent years, the possibilities brought by IoT create new challenges in the scale of data and its analysis. The development of audit trail style practice for the collection of data and the provision of acomprehensive framework for its processing, analysis and use should be avaluable contribution in addressing the new data analytics challenges for maintenance created by internet connected devices. This paper proposes that further research should be conducted into audit trail collection of maintenance data, allowing future systems to enable ‘Human in the loop’ interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)936-959
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 3-Oct-2019
Externally publishedYes


  • E-maintenance
  • industry 4.0
  • intelligent maintenance
  • Machine learning

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