Advantech's Partnership with the University of Cincinnati

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jun 17, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Since 2007, Advantech has partnered with the University of Cincinnati in creating the e-Manufacturing lab to promote research, development, and educational programs for students and professionals alike. Recently, the NSF I/UCR Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS) center at the University of Cincinnati introduced its new prototype Prognostics and Health Management (PHM)-ready Smart Box Agent at the Industry Advisory Boards Meeting (IAM) at the Boeing Company in St. Louis, MO.

The PHM-ready Smart Box is reconfigurable local hardware agent for cloud-based PHM system. The core functions of the device are data acquisition, signal processing, knowledge-based feature extraction and data communication with cloud server.

The PHM-ready box is designed to be able to acquire multiple channels of data from different sources, including controller, add-on sensors, etc.


To help the University of Cincinnati develop this prototype, Advantech provided the UNO-2272G Intel Atom palm-size automation computer with 1 x GbE, 2mPCIe, and VGA/HDMI capabilities. The Smart Box takes the raw data and extracts only knowledge-based features and only uploads useful features/information to a cloud platform for a more dedicated analysis. By doing data pre-processing and feature extraction locally, the PHM-ready Smart Box significantly reduces the amount of data to process at the cloud server and effectively ensures the quality of data for PHM.

uc_blog_image.jpgThe current features include:

  • Convenient data acquisition via any USB acquisition devices

  • Standardized and customized feature extraction

  • Standardized data structure and format

  • Demo cases from rotating machinery PHM

The PHM-ready Smart Box frees users high-dimensional raw data and offer evidence-based prescriptive information. It's modularized, scalable, and general PHM agent for a wide spectrum of applications. It provides a comprehensive solution-ready package for both online and offline analysis as well as its customizable, portable, and convenient for on-site detection.

Advantech is proud to be a partner with the University of Cincinnati in supporting them with the tools/products necessary to help these future engineers develop new ideas that may one day change our lives.

Topics: Embedded Automation Computers

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