Development of knowledge systems for trouble shooting complex production machinery

Richard L. Sanford, Thomas Novak, James R. Meigs

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This paper discusses the use of knowledge base system software for microcomputers to aid repairmen in diagnosing electrical failures in complex mining machinery. The knowledge base is constructed to allow the user to input initial symptoms of the failed machine, and the most probable cause of failure is traced through the knowledge base, with the software requesting additional information such as voltage or resistance measurements as needed. Although the case study presented is for an underground mining machine, results have application to any industry using complex machinery. Two commercial expert-system development tools (M.1 and Insight 2+) and an Al language (Turbo Prolog) are discussed with emphasis on ease of application and suitability for this study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-346
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - May 11 1987
EventApplications of Artificial Intelligence V 1987 - Orlando, United States
Duration: May 18 1987May 22 1987

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project was funded under a grant from University of Alabama's School of Mines and Energy Development. The authors also wish to acknowledge the contributions of the Department of Mineral Engineering and The College of Engineering at the University for release time during the academic year to work on the project.

Publisher Copyright:
© 1987 SPIE. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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