Grace Technologies is "Collaborating to Predict Machine Failure" with Iowa State University's Center for Industrial Research and Service. In a recent publication for ISU's CIRAS News, the magazine gave a behind-the-scenes look at the Grace-Iowa State relationship and our various projects in the works.
Our joint venture with ISU's CIRAS team has produced internship programs at Grace with their brilliant engineering students while their research team have helped us push the boundaries of our vibration sensing technology, particularly for that of our Vibration & Temperature Nodes (G-FM-VBT1 and G-FM-VBT2).
- Dr. Hu, Dr. Venkat Nemani, and Dr. Andy Zimmerman have just finished a journal paper in which they describe the encouraging results of their efforts to develop a physics-based, deep-learning approach that can accurately predict the remaining useful life of bearings in industrial environments. This manuscript is currently in the peer review process, and we'll share more about the paper's findings when it is published later this year.
- Dr. Zimmerman has also just been awarded a Phase I STTR grant from the National Science Foundation to fund research and development efforts targeted at deploying ISU's predictive algorithms inside Grace's vibration monitoring suite. This grant will accelerate the speed with which ISU's academic research can find a commercial home inside the GraceSense™ Predictive Maintenance System product line, and will allow our customers to begin to take advantage of the immense value that can come from being able to schedule critical bearing maintenance before unexpected failures occur.
Both parties are thrilled to be working together towards the common goal of working with students on the cutting edge to develop innovative technology for machine failure prediction. "As a whole, this collaboration with ISU has allowed Grace access to world-class R&D talent and facilities right here in Iowa," said Dr. Zimmerman. "We're excited about where this research is headed in 2021 and beyond!"
In other news, Dr. Zimmerman was recently a guest on the Empowering Pumps & Equipment podcast. He discusses the importance of predictive maintenance and the Industrial Internet of Things. Get to know what Dr. Zimmerman does on a daily basis and how his background landed him in the IIoT space at Grace Technologies (interview starts at 25:10). Check it out below!
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