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Temporal Data Mining for Root-Cause Analysis of Machine Faults in Automotive Assembly Lines

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Executive Summary

Engine assembly is a complex and heavily automated distributed-control process, with large amounts of faults data logged everyday. The authors describe an application of temporal data mining for analyzing fault logs in an engine assembly plant. Frequent episode discovery framework is a model-free method that can be used to deduce (temporal) correlations among events from the logs in an efficient manner. In addition to being theoretically elegant and computationally efficient, frequent episodes are also easy to interpret in the form actionable recommendations. Incorporation of domain-specific information is critical to successful application of the method for analyzing fault logs in the manufacturing domain. They show how domain-specific knowledge can be incorporated using heuristic rules that act as pre-filters and post-filters to frequent episode discovery.

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