Opportunity

Atlas Copco’s Industrial Assembly Solutions division is a leading provider of joining and dispensing solutions for various vehicle painting and e-mobility applications. Some of our customers prefer not to share any data created by our equipment in the production line. Without this customer-specific data, we cannot adjust our products in the best way. Hence, we are looking for edge AI solutions that allow self-supervised or incremental training based on the data generated directly on the equipment.

Opportunity overview

Today, a high level of expertise is required to set up the system correctly, troubleshoot, and optimize the production process. This complexity makes it very hard for a non-expert to adjust the system in the best way to the process, identify and solve errors very quickly, or schedule maintenance accordingly. The system’s behavior is also highly dependent on local environmental conditions such as adhesive properties, type of application, and robot programming, which prevents us from using pre-trained AI models without adapting them to local needs.

The system should hide this complexity from the customer by making intelligent decisions based on customer-specific data. This includes but is not limited to automatic root cause analysis in case of failures, constant wear monitoring for predictive maintenance, improvement of production quality, and waste reduction. The ultimate vision is that only a start button needs to be pressed; everything else is done automatically and requires as little user attention as possible. An ideal solution should also work with limited computational resources and without a constant internet connection.

Your opportunity with Atlas Copco

Atlas Copco is looking for edge AI partners who can enable self-supervised learning in cases where customer-specific data is considered sensitive and cannot be processed in a server. We are open to various solutions, including software and hardware innovations. Though an ideal solution solves the end-to-end problem, we are also available for solutions to solve more specific sub-problems.

In the pilot phase, the solution could be applied to a few test facilities but later scaled to a broader use in Industrial Assembly Solutions’ products. Moreover, Atlas Copco can provide access to various other industrial assembly opportunities and major industrial OEMs.

Examples we're looking for

Root cause analysis

A system capable of determining the actual cause (e.g., “nozzle is clogged”) instead of showing an error message of the symptom (e.g., “motor overloaded”).

Predictive maintenance and wear monitoring

A system constantly monitors the condition of its electromechanical components and reports related failures within a sufficient lead time.

Process monitoring and optimization

A system reacting appropriately to changes in adhesive viscosity indicated by changes in the pressure level by automatically adjusting heating parameters and pressure and avoiding unnecessary purging processes.

Atlas Copco Group enables technology that transforms the future. They innovate to develop products, services, and solutions that are key to their customers’ success. Their four business areas offer compressed air and vacuum solutions, energy solutions, dewatering and industrial pumps, industrial power tools, and assembly and machine vision solutions.
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