Shaping the Future of Smart Manufacturing with IIoT System Analytics

Panasonic Case Study


Develop advanced analytics solutions for the optimization of factory operations


MOXI™ IIoT System Analytics suite


Industrial Manufacturing


Robots and other complex machines are widely used to improve productivity, quality, and safety in manufacturing processes. However, machine degradation can result in quality issues and unforeseen shutdowns can cause interruptions in the production line − resulting in inefficiencies, expensive unplanned downtime, economic and production losses, and even accidents and work injuries. Additionally, electricity can account for as much as 40% of factory costs worldwide. With its Industrial Solutions Company already a major player in factory solutions and industrial automation, Panasonic collaborated with us to develop a robust solution for detecting anomalies associated with factory productivity and energy consumption to help its customers maximize operational efficiency.


Develop advanced analytics solution for the optimization for factory operations
The advent of sensing technologies has allowed for the collection of massive amounts of factory data, which has the potential to optimize factory operations. The automated detection of anomalies and extraction of actionable insights is critical to helping factories exploit such sensing technologies and factory data to reduce unplanned downtime and improve productivity. However, conventional detection methods can be ineffective due to the lack of labeled training data sets that are not readily available for real-world industrial applications.

Panasonic was in search of a novel solution to robustly detect and classify anomalies associated with productivity and energy consumption, despite the data labeling constraints. This solution would help its customers monitor, diagnose, and predict the behavior of factory systems in real-time and further enhance operational efficiency.

Why us?

Advancements in self-aware systems for smart manufacturing
We have made significant advances in enabling self-aware, self-adaptive systems for various industrial applications, including manufacturing, with the integration of its MOXI™ technology suite. MOXI allows for continuous and remote monitoring of system state. It also employs low-cost embedded sensors and model-based algorithms to predict adverse system conditions with high accuracy, negligible false alarm rates and near-zero missed detections.


MOXI™ IIoT System Analytics suite
Unsupervised fault detection in industrial robots:
We applied a novel analysis framework for fault detection, using Panasonic’s sensor data collected from industrial robots

  • Data was automatically filtered to eliminate noise and outlier values
  • Faulty data was automatically segmented from healthy data
  • Features associated with the fault were reliably extracted from the signal data
  • An unsupervised detection algorithm was applied to compensate for the lack of labeled data sets

Advanced analytics for the optimization of electricity usage and factory productivity:
we explored different methods to automatically analyze factory data sets and provide suggestions for energy efficiency and productivity improvements. We evaluated:

  • Factory machine productivity
  • Energy usage from compressors and air conditioning
  • The opportunity for energy reduction and cost optimization across periods of production


Demonstrated energy savings potential and high-accuracy fault detection
The factory data analysis was validated to reveal fault detection in industrial robots with > 96% accuracy. Our anomaly detection algorithms show the potential to significantly improve productivity and energy consumption, as well as reduce the maintenance cost and unplanned downtime of industrial robots. We and Panasonic continue their validation of the fault detection algorithms using other commercial factory data sets.

We proposed further integration of its MOXI technology suite into Panasonic’s existing factory monitoring platform. This would provide factory operators with quick and easy access to real-time monitoring, anomaly detection, data exploration, diagnostics, and prognostics – resulting in significant efficiency improvements and cost savings.

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