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Title Predicting Air Compressor Failures Using Long Short Term Memory Networks
Author Kunru Chen and Sepideh Pashami and Yuantao Fan and Sławomir Nowaczyk
Year 2019
PublicationType Conference Paper
HostPublication EPIA Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Conference The 19th EPIA Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2019
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Abstract We introduce an LSTM-based method for predicting compressor failures using aggregated sensory data, and evaluate it using historical information from over 1000 heavy duty vehicles during 2015 and 2016. The goal is to proactively identify trucks that will require maintenance in the near future, so that component replacement can be scheduled before the failure happens, translating into improved uptime. The problem is formulated as a classification task of whether a compressor failure will happen within the specified prediction horizon. A recurrent neural network using Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) architecture is employed as the prediction model, and compared against Random Forest (RF), the solution used in industrial deployment at the moment. Experimental results show that while Random Forest slightly outperforms LSTM in terms of AUC score, the predictions of LSTM stay significantly more stable over time, showing a consistent trend from healthy to faulty class. Additionally, LSTM is also better at detecting the switch from faulty class to the healthy one after a repair. We demonstrate that this stability is important for making repair decisions, especially in questionable cases, and therefore LSTM model is likely to lead to better results in practice.