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Aspen Mtell®
Prescriptive Guidance to Reduce Maintenance Costs and
Increase Production
Aspen Mtell delivers the earliest, most time-to-failure, including precisely WHEN a
accurate warning of equipment failures and known failure will occur, HOW the failure will
prescribes detailed actions to mitigate or occur and WHAT to do about it, derived from
solve problems. Using machine learning, prescriptive advice such as the exact Failure
Aspen Mtell can recognize precise patterns in Code directly linked from the EAM system.
operating data that indicate degradation and
impending failure—well before it happens. Knowing the precise, multiple days’ or weeks’ lead
Aspen Mtell stops machines breaking down, time to a failure allows the end user to determine
makes them last longer, reduces maintenance the exact action necessary (often through
costs and results in net increases in production discussions between Operations, Maintenance,
output on any processes where it is installed. Technical and Planning/Scheduling Departments).
With Aspen Mtell, you can accurately predict Such prescriptive action enables the best
remediation and timing decisions.

• Prescriptive guidance
Aspen Mtell
• Potential failure avoidance
• Low-touch machine learning
• Equipment- and process-agnostic
• Earlier detection of equipment wear
• More accurate failure detection with fewer false alarms
The Challenge: Most Solutions Offer False Positives and Limited Foresight
Most condition monitoring products only detect anomalies by trying to The modeling limitations of such systems result in frequent false positives,
identify when actual behavior differs from what’s expected. The most failure to detect many issues, lack of detail and clarity and only late stage
common approach is to use mathematical/statistical models based on warnings. Without long lead times, alerts often arrive only when damage
engineering, thermodynamic and heat/mass balance equations. Such models has already occurred. Often such systems incorporate rules engines in
typically contain inaccuracies; they also fail to factor in process changes. an attempt to reduce errors. An operator who identifies a false positive
can write a rule to prevent the system from raising alerts when the same
Such products tend to rely on simulations rather than true patterns based on conditions recur. However, this technique does not adjust or adapt the
historical data. As sensors capture information about operating conditions, these accuracy of the core models.
products don’t analyze that data to change the patterns they seek – on their
own, these tools do not correctly identify the behavioral signatures of normal In addition, other systems invariably require expert skills and knowledge
equipment operation and exact failure. Consequently, other products only of industrial equipment, creating models and building rules to constrain
speculate on time-to-failure because they lack Aspen Mtell’s inherent precision. outputs. Aspen Mtell is far simpler to implement and offers more
impressive and earlier payback.
Autonomous Agents Accurately Predict Failures
Agents in Aspen Mtell are designed to do more than just Anomaly Detection; detecting, “Is this
normal behavior?” In addition, Failure Agents detect the actual behavioral patterns that begin early
in root cause conditions that lead to very specific failures, e.g., a bearing failure. Such patterns are
not unique to a single piece of equipment and Agents can learn on one and share with many in a
pool of similar assets.

Aspen Mtell’s Autonomous Agents are software elements that automatically execute intense
technical and analytical work in real-time, announcing issues with long lead times the second they
are detected. They work continuously 24/7, constantly learning and adapting - and retain absorbed
knowledge forever.

However, when Anomaly Agents detect a previously unseen failure condition, a more detailed
scrutiny determines the degradation pattern that created the anomaly and builds a specific Failure
Agent that is able to detect the condition much earlier and with far more accuracy. Another stark
difference to alternative approaches is that the Aspen Mtell system runs near autonomously with
only a little human guidance, doing the work of experts, much more regularly and far faster.
Low-touch machine learning ushers in a
new era of performance and optimization
for all industries.

How It Works
Aspen Mtell can integrate and interoperate with almost all equipment protecting against similar failures and detecting new anomalies that
and systems found in manufacturing including programmable logic are readily categorized as either new normal conditions or new failure
controllers, distributed control systems, instrument systems, plant signatures. Unlike other systems, Aspen Mtell uses low-touch machine
historians, management information systems, EAM systems, business learning and adapts to new operating modes, enabling it to easily
systems and more. The solution is equipment- and process-agnostic. recognize new failure conditions.

The Aspen Mtell application collects equipment metadata from the Aspen Mtell Agents initiate alerts to users, sending failure work
EAM system to build the appropriate equipment hierarchy for monitoring, orders with the exact failure code into the EAM system using machine-
including mapping the sensor tagnames to the correct equipment. Once to-machine (M2M/Industrial IoT) technology. In this prescriptive
set up, the system analyzes equipment work orders from the EAM maintenance process, the Agent prescribes appropriate maintenance
system to correlate patterns of failure that occurred in the past, before activity based on the machine’s behavior. The operations and
Aspen Mtell was installed. Software Agents use the work order maintenance departments have an extended warning of the potential for
information to develop signatures of normal and failure modes, which failure and can make decisions to remediate the failure in the most cost-
are deployed immediately to monitor for the recurrence of those patterns, effective way or adjust production. An Aspen Mtell notification allows
small problems to be fixed before they become big ones.
Scale Learning Across Assets The Aspen Mtell Difference
Where an end user has many similar pieces of equipment, Aspen Mtell performs both
transfer learning and population-based learning. These techniques are based on special Faster
developments by AspenTech to pool the learning of patterns of baseline and failures from No asset model
individual pieces of equipment allowing the whole collection of similar equipment required
to collectively learn and be protected. The new techniques use the latest machine learning
called deep belief networks deploying semi-supervised learning for pattern recognition Accurate
using only limited labeled failures. Fewer false
Transfer Learning implies taking the trained Anomaly Detection and Failure Agents from
one machine and applying them to other similarly configured pieces of equipment. The Advanced
salient invariant patterns apply to all similar pieces of equipment — those that do not Predicts breakdowns
change from one machine to similar machines. When Agents are transferred, it takes a weeks - or even
short retraining period of a day or less until the patterns are absorbed and work on the months - before
new machine. Aspen Mtell facilitates such Transfer Learning with specific templates they occur
for assuring each piece of equipment contains equivalent configurations and sensors.
Additionally, using Population-based Learning (using deep belief technology), the time- Scalable
series data can be collected and analyzed as a combined pool across many pieces of Failure signatures
equipment (an Equipment Set). transferable across
The result is greater accuracy with wider coverage requiring fewer labeled failures to
uncover failure patterns across the Equipment Set. Accordingly, Aspen Mtell builds a Prescriptive
shared library of signatures that apply to all the equipment in the Equipment Set. Recommends
actions to avoid
AspenTech is a leading software supplier for optimizing asset performance. Our products thrive
in complex, industrial environments where it is critical to optimize the asset design, operation and
maintenance lifecycle. AspenTech uniquely combines decades of process modeling expertise with
big data machine learning. Our purpose-built software platform automates knowledge work and
builds sustainable competitive advantage by delivering high returns over the entire asset lifecycle.
As a result, companies in capital-intensive industries can maximize uptime and push the limits of
performance, running their assets faster, safer, longer and greener.

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