Fault Diagnosis of Industrial Robot Bearings Based on Discrete Wavelet Transform and Artificial Neural Network

Alaa Jaber, Robert Bicker
2016 International Journal of Prognostics and Health Management   unpublished
Industrial robots have long been used in production systems in order to improve productivity, quality and safety in automated manufacturing processes. An unforeseen robot stoppage due to different reasons has the potential to cause an interruption in the entire production line, resulting in economic and production losses. The majority of the previous research on industrial robots health monitoring is focused on monitoring of a limited number of faults, such as backlash in gears, but does not
more » ... rs, but does not diagnose the other gear and bearing faults. Thus, the main aim of this research is to develop an intelligent condition monitoring system to diagnose the most common faults that could be progressed in the bearings of industrial robot joints, such as inner/outer race bearing faults, using vibration signal analysis. For accurate fault diagnosis, time-frequency signal analysis based on the discrete wavelet transform (DWT) is adopted to extract the most salient features related to faults, and the artificial neural network (ANN) is used for faults classification. A data acquisition system based on National Instruments (NI) software and hardware was developed for robot vibration analysis and feature extraction. An experimental investigation was accomplished using the PUMA 560 robot. Firstly, vibration signals are captured from the robot when it is moving one joint cyclically. Then, by utilising the wavelet transform, signals are decomposed into multi-band frequency levels starting from higher to lower frequencies. For each of these levels the standard deviation feature is computed and used to design, train and test the proposed neural network. The developed system has showed high reliability in diagnosing several seeded faults in the robot.