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Comau Validates Machine Learning Platform

Comau will leverage its culture of innovation when collaborating with other key players as part of the MUSKETEER pan-European consortium. The project aims to alleviate data sharing barriers by providing secure, scalable, encrypted analytics over decentralized datasets using machine learning. In this context, Comau, tasked with reinforcing and validating dedicated machine learning modules in the field of robotics, has completed the first test case with decidedly positive results.

The test case was based on a machine learning module featuring two Comau manufacturing datasets that had been privacy-protected and could therefore be exchanged on the MUSKETEER cloud platform without the need to share confidential data. Comau then verified the increase in algorithm accuracy stemming from the shared dataset compared to when the algorithm only had access to the individual datasets. Now, the industrial automation leader seeks to train a welding quality assessment algorithm using large datasets from multiple factories. The goal is to harness welding point quality data and use it to both automatically identify potential quality issues during the welding process and to optimize the robot maintenance schedules.

Access to the meta information and sensor data, which is taken from the welding gun systems located in different places, is key to enhancing the strength and quality of the machine learning module. The datasets themselves remain stored locally and no proprietary or confidential information is revealed. The module, however, which is enhanced with selected parameters from multiple datasets, should enable Comau to obtain better algorithm accuracy. More importantly, given that the interoperable learning module is privacy-preserving, even competitor companies can safely use the smart algorithm to support their machinery status monitoring and improve the quality of their individual welding processes.

The massive increase in data collected and stored worldwide calls for new ways to preserve privacy while still allowing data sharing among multiple data owners. Today, the lack of trusted and secure environments for data sharing inhibits data economy while legality, privacy, trustworthiness, data value and confidentiality hamper the free flow of data.

“Using federated and collaborative Machine Learning techniques, Comau will be able to provide innovative maintenance services to their customers providing them more robust and more accurate predictive models, using data coming from different customers plants, while at the same time preserving privacy issues related to Company data.” Massimo Ippolito, Head of Digital Innovation & Infrastructure

The MUSKETEER project aims to create a validated, federated, privacy-preserving machine learning platform tested on industrial data that is inter-operable, scalable and efficient enough to be deployed in real use cases. MUSKETEER aims to alleviate data sharing barriers by providing secure, scalable and privacy-preserving analytics over decentralized datasets using machine learning. Data can continue to be stored in different locations with different privacy constraints, but shared securely. Th MUSKETEER project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824988.

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