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Machine Sound Recognition for Smart Monitoring

posted on 2024-04-17, 15:47 authored by Eunseob KimEunseob Kim

The onset of smart manufacturing signifies a crucial shift in the industrial landscape, underscoring the pressing need for systems capable of adapting to and managing the complex dynamics of modern production environments. In this context, the importance of smart monitoring becomes increasingly apparent, serving as a vital tool for ensuring operational efficiency and reliability. Inspired by the critical role of auditory perception in human decision-making, this study investigated the application of machine sound recognition for practical use in manufacturing environments. Addressing the challenge of utilizing machine sounds in the loud noises of factories, the study employed an Internal Sound Sensor (ISS).

The study examined how sound propagates through structures and further explored acoustic characteristics of the ISS, aiming to apply these findings in machine monitoring. To leverage the ISS effectively and achieve a higher level of monitoring, a smart sound monitoring framework was proposed to integrate sound monitoring with machine data and human-machine interface. Designed for applicability and cost effectiveness, this system employs real-time edge computing, making it adaptable for use in various industrial settings.

The proposed framework and ISS deployed across a diverse range of production environments, showcasing a leap forward in the integration of smart technologies in manufacturing. Their application extends beyond continuous manufacturing to include discrete manufacturing systems, demonstrating adaptability. By analyzing sound signals from various production equipment, this study delves into developing machine sound recognition models that predict operational states and productivity, aiming to enhance manufacturing efficiency and oversight on real factory floors. This comprehensive and practical approach underlines the framework's potential to revolutionize operational management and manufacturing productivity. The study progressed to integrating manufacturing context with sound data, advancing towards high-level monitoring for diagnostic predictions and digital twin. This approach confirmed sound recognition's role in manufacturing diagnostics, laying a foundation for future smart monitoring improvements.


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Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • Mechanical Engineering

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Martin B.G. Jun

Additional Committee Member 2

Peter H. Meckl

Additional Committee Member 3

John W. Sutherland

Additional Committee Member 4

Jan-Anders Mansson