MAMMA Work Packages

The following work packages support both the market launch and the evolution of the system into a surveillance system which creates a virtual view of the monitored mine by providing real-time and historical data on request. By monitoring and analyzing this data a holistic approach to machinery, equipment and operations monitoring is sought.

The objective of this work package is to verify that the targeted applications could be achieved by the consortium and the technologies available to them. This also includes the evaluation of the business cases and their applicability to the market under examination as well as a go-to-market strategy. The work package is split into two tasks, separately addressing technical and business feasibility.

The first task will verify and validate the targeted opportunity from a business point of view. Questions that will be addressed are: verification of customer needs, technology features/benefits/values, IP and protection, development status and competition. Opportunities and barriers related to potential markets will be identified and a strategy for how to reach the market will be devised. The task involves interviews with members of the project consortium and companies or individuals external to the project representing stakeholders in the value chain.

The second task addresses the technical aspects. The results of former research will be checked and updated. This includes an updated State-of-the-art study describing IoT platforms and solutions in mining and CBM of mining machinery and an updated market study, which contains information regarding the target market(s) size, structure, growth potential, segmentation, customers, competing solutions, etc.

In this Work Package the ongoing of the project will be assisted. It will have to provide the organization platform of the project and take care of all overlapping functions. Therefore project internal and external communication processes will be designed. A steering committee will be founded and the technical infrastructure to exchange documents will be provided. This WP is divided in two tasks.

The first task deals with management and reporting. The project management including steering and co-operation will be carried out. This includes the organization of progress meetings and coordination of the reports. The interlock of all WPs and tasks will be stimulated and observed.

The second task deals with the communication, dissemination and market entry strategy. The interactive and bidirectional communication of the project vision and significance as well as the research concept, progress and results to the scientific community, future end users and other potential stakeholders are crucial to ensure prompt dissemination of knowledge and facilitate the market entry after project term. Additionally, the communication approach will support the overall image, aims and attitude of the EIT RAW MATERIALS and contributes directly to the strategic agenda.

In this Work Package communication with the mines as further user are established on a next level by execute workshops. In WP2 the aimed use cases of the mine are defined. This will join the market entry strategies defined in WP0. To reach this aim several discussions with mine users will be carried out. As a result of the discussions, an analysis and the further procedure in the project will be determined during a preliminary study.

The following points are to be considered in the preliminary study:
Problem areas:

  • What are the main causes of unscheduled maintenance or production downtime?
  • How high is the need for improvement?

Optimization of monitoring and operations:

  • Which starting points for optimization are feasible?
  • What technical improvements should be introduced?
  • What are the organizational and organizational procedures?

Improvement of the result Situation:

  • What improvements can be made within the project budget?
  • What problems and risks do the proposals have?

From this preliminary study, the textual description of the use cases is to be prepared as a specification for a requirement document. The use case specifications contain important information for the system to be developed. From the specifications, first class candidates can be derived for the static model.

This work package defines, specifies and realizes the IT infrastructure and technology stack of the MaMMa project. The work in this work package will be carried out in three phases. In the first phase the initial set of use cases will be defined. Based on this, the overall system requirements will be specified and the system architecture developed. The third phase will implement the use cases. Furthermore the work package includes the integration of existing technologies and their adaption to the new technology stack and a holistic analysis of the data of the smart object within the operational process and its interaction with the environment.

Today more and more applications, platforms and technologies are developed to fulfill a special most single use case. On the other hand more and more ideas for integrated and holistic scenarios come up and also a lot of IoT platforms, cloud and other infrastructures are realized in different industrial domains.

As a research and innovation action, the MaMMa project builds on existing technology with a high technology readiness level and on the contrary the remaining challenges to fully exploit the potential of those technologies are researched and addressed. These are:

  • Smart Object Interoperability
  • Device and Application Level Interoperability
  • Semantic Service Orchestration 

 Objectives of the WP:

  • Analysis of the technology readiness of suitable state-of-the-Art of IoT Platforms and technologies in mining and condition based monitoring (CBM) of mining machinery.
  • Definition and specification for validation and demonstration of the MaMMa technology stack.
  • Definition of high-level architecture for mining applications objectives.
  • Definition of a domain and semantic model for mining applications and data.
  • Selection, parameterization and configuration of IoT basic solution.
  • Implementation of additional IoT core functions, applications and services.

This WP is divided in three tasks.

The first task deals with the scenario specification and evaluation. Together with all partners and community members scenarios and use case ideas will be created by brainstorming workshops. Based on the agreed scenarios the guiding use cases will be specified and formalized in order to demonstrate and to validate the MaMMa technology stack. These use case definitions are blueprints for the pilot realization. For each use case, the functionalities of the involved services and applications are defined.

The second task deals with the domain meta-model and high-level architecture specification. In accordance with the scenarios specified in the first task a suitable domain meta-model and high-level architecture will be defined. In the high-level architecture the core components and interfaces within the system and to the surrounding software infrastructure will be defined. 

Also, the basic functionality and behavior of all components, as well as their relations and basic interaction patterns with the overall system will be determined. The high-level architecture will include a domain meta-model for the mining domain. In this task an analysis of the readiness of the relevant state-of-the-art IoT technologies will be done, to identify the most suitable technologies as baseline for the project developments. In this respect, the task will carefully consider the trade-off between technology advancement and readiness.

The IoT data needed for the maintenance analysis in WP3 is made available through an IoT platform. The structure of the platform is defined in this high level architecture. Moreover, the high-level architecture will include concepts for interoperability based on semantic description. A globally identified set of vocabularies will be introduced to facilitate the formal semantic descriptions of concepts and properties used in context of mining engineering. These conceptsb and properties are utilized to uniquely identify and semantically annotate meaningful relationships and contexts of data. Therefore machine learning techniques will be used in combination with the knowledge of the process and environment. The interoperability of data is instrumented by standardized machine readable formats whereby smart devices can autonomously interpret meaning of annotated data.

MaMMa is an application example for the Internet of Things (IoT) in the mining domain. This project could be a platform to establish a standard of a domain specific meta-model and an ontology-based semantic model for mining environments.

The third task addresses the pilot realization. It first defines the technological solution to realize the use cases of the pilot. Next, the services and applications that make up the use cases are developed and integrated with smart object platforms, tested and, deployed according to specifications and methodology agreed among the partners.

Demonstrations organization and the final assessment are provided for the pilot and for the project as a whole. The set-up of the IoT- Platform offers the possibility for a holistic analysis of the data. The interaction of the object (LHD) within the operational process and with the environment will be examined. The results could then be used as an additional input to the different applications, making them more flexible and adaptable to different conditions.

The general goal of this work-package is to establish web-interfaces to the cloud services so as to generate a multi-channel real-time-series data set for each system being considered. This will enable the establishment of applications which utilize both on-line and historical data. Starting from data, the aim is to detect information in large data streams, perform physically based knowledge discovery, and identify both data and models which foster understanding, with the goal of supporting advantageous operating decisions (wisdom). Currently, most data mining systems only consider data models and neglect the aspects of system model identification. However; the solution of the inverse system models establishes the causal link to semantics, a prerequisite for physical bases acquisition of knowledge, i.e., knowledge which is consistent with the physical constraints and behavior of the systems. Consequently, system models are essential if system behavior is to be predicted.

The multi-channel time series form the basis for establishing applications, whereby contextually dependent evaluation of data can be performed. This is important since the significance of measurement values depends strongly on the current operation being performed by or with the system. Typically all sensor and actor data is acquired from the real time controller of the system and a consistent data model is established. WP3 will provide the infrastructure for the collection, storage and distribution of the required data.

The objectives of this work-package are:

  • Develop a generic approach to acquiring data from the cloud (interaction with WP3) and to generate s structured multi-rate multi-channel real-time data set for the systems being considered and to once again make the data model available in the cloud.
  • Develop approaches to extend the acquired data with derived computed values, e.g., taking pressures from hydraulic cylinders and with meta-data for the cylinders and kinematic to compute working forces and movements. Furthermore, discrete linear differential operators (DLOD) and solution method therefore will be required to provide models for system dynamics.
  • Develop a framework which supports the development of specific apps. An API will need to be provided so that the App-developer has a simple interface to the system- and data-models.
  • An ongoing task will be the development of methods and algorithms to model specific processes from the available real-time data. Once again the methods need to be embedded in an API.
  • Develop a selection of specific demonstrators, which are highly relevant to the market relating to mining and raw materials. These tools need to have a TRL of 8 at the end of the project. Validation of the systems as a whole will be a significant issue.

The WP is divided in five tasks which deals with the following aspects

  • Establishing a generic system-data model
  • Develop a data analysis API
  • Condition monitoring methods for hydraulic systems
  • Inter channel analysis and automatic operations recognition
  • Implementation of two specific demonstrators

In this work package the consolidation and integration of the different results of WP3 and WP4 will be worked out. A product is composed out of the following modules from the work packages three and four.

Data aquisition:

  • Interfaces to control units
  • Interfaces to IoT sensors with IoT Interfaces
  • IoT middleware platform

The modules surrounding the data aquisition are responsible for the provision of interfaces to control units, IoT sensors, the IoT middleware platform and the application modules. Data are collected, stored and structured. 

Application specific modules:

  • Load monitoring for the planning of service intervals
  • Condition monitoring for the determination of the condition of the kinematic machine elements (gearbox, motor, etc.)
  • Incident monitoring to record special operating conditions
  • Data analysis and visualization tools for the maintenance and process experts
  • Alarm and notification tool

The application-specific modules represent tools with which the data provided from the data acquisition modules can be processed, analyzed and displayed.

Documentation and user manual:

  • Technical documentation of the modules
  • User manuals
  • Tutorials
  • Product presentations to support marketing and sales 

For dissemination and presentation to the customer, a demonstrator of the product will be assembled. 

This new established software will represent a holistic maintenance system for the machines and also for the mine workings. For dissemination and presentation to the customer, a demonstrator of the holistic maintenance system will be build and the planning of the preparation of a first pilot will be started.

This WP is divided into two tasks.

The first task deals with the consolidation. The outcome of the WPs will be merged into an integrated system. The software communication interfaces and the rules for software control and software handling will be established and a demonstrator of the holistic maintenance system will be builded. 

The second task deals with the preparatory adjustments for pilot planning. Therefore the system components were prepared and integrated to be used in the pilot.

In this work package, the compilation of a pilot system that combines the results of the previous work packages into a demonstrator takes place. This is done in three steps. In the first step, the planning of the pilot system is carried out and the framework conditions are defined. Based on this, the implementation of the system is carried out in the second step. Subsequent the system is installed at selected user partners for demonstration purposes in the third step.

This WP is divided in three tasks.

The first task deals with the pilot planning and arrangements. The pilot system to be compiled is planned and the framework conditions are defined. For this purpose, a concept is developed as to how the results of the previous work packages are linked and which boundary conditions must be considered during operation. This is done in cooperation with selected user partners.

The second task addresses the pilot realization. The pilot system is compiled on the basis of the concept developed in the first task.

The third task deals with the pilot installation at dedicated user Partners. In order to demonstrate the system's operational capability, the pilot system is installed at selected user partners and put into operation under real conditions.

The objective of the work package is to prepare the technology, and the commercializing partner, for market introduction/launch on the target markets selected in WP0. This includes deciding on business model, package of offering, messaging, sales and service strategy and a timeline to secure a successful commercialization path. Also to support the project organization, and especially the commercializing partner, in keeping the feasibility study up to date until the project is finalized and deliver content to the final reporting of the project.

This WP is divided in two tasks.

The first task deals with the Go-to-market preparation. It will will support the technology owning organization in the process from a finished feasibility study to market introduction. By analyzing current situation (e.g. sales organization, marketing and branding strategy, other offerings available for bundling etc.) as well as validating with identified future key customers the task will prepare the technology for launch. The task focuses on five significant areas for a successful market introduction:

(1) business model. How will the technology generate revenue and make a profit? Will the tech. owner sell themselves, create a start-up or licence? How to deal with pricing?

(2) offering. How will the technology be packaged and bundled? Can it be sold together with services, spareparts, training etc.?

(3) messaging. How will the technology be positioned and communicated? What marketing and brand strategy will be used?

(4) sales. how will the technology be sold and distributed to be

in line with the business model?

(5) support. Which support strategy will be most suitable and who will execute it? These areas will be incorporated into a timeline and a launch plan which points out key activities to launch.

The second task deals with the support in aligning feasibility study throughout the project. It will support the technology owning organization in the process from a finished feasibility study to a final reporting in the project, it will:

(1) continuously update and align the project’s feasibility study based on new insights from technology development phases of the project

(2) conduct workshops and content meetings to create understanding for, and to improve, the feasibility study and

(3) conduct new complimentary market analyses when/if needed

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