SEOUL, South Korea—New artificial intelligence technology developed by the Hankook Tire & Technology Co. Ltd. could revolutionize its factory floors and production lines, saving the company from costly shutdowns by predicting a possible problem before it occurs.
Hankook has concluded the research and development of the sensor technology used in CMS+ and is in the process of installing the system in all major equipment in the company's Geumsan plant, located in South Korea.
Using AI and the Internet of Things—the interconnection of the internet and computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data—the tire maker said CMS+ can prevent shutdowns and production line problems through its ability to record a select amount of data, and determine in real time whether the data falls within normal or abnormal conditions.
"We plan to apply this to all of our facilities eventually," said Sungmin Kim, digital technology specialist at Hankook Tire.
That includes the tire maker's plant in Clarksville, Tenn.
According to Kim, wireless sensors are placed on key pieces of equipment along the production line and record changes in output, vibration, noise and temperature—all in real time. And the system does not simply record such data in general terms; the AI technology developed by Hankook is specific to Hankook production lines and machines, meaning it records the vibration, noise and temperature for specific thresholds.
"Various data is collected in real time and used to predict abnormality," Kim said. "CMS+ studies the normal range data and finds those that are outside that 'normal range.' This is possible because Hankook has accumulated massive amounts of data over time."