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Research of the Operator’s Advisory System Based on Fuzzy Logic for Pelletizing Equipment

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Department of Electronics Engineering, Kaunas University of Technology, Studentu St.50-438, LT-51368 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Department of Radio Electronics, SIX Research Center, Brno University of Technology, Technicka 3082/12, 616 00 Brno, Czech Republic
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Department of Telecommunications, SIX Research Center, Brno University of Technology, Technicka 3082/12, 616 00 Brno, Czech Republic
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Faculty of Technical Sciences Kosovska Mitrovica, University of Pristina in Kosovska Mitrovica, Kneza Milosa St. 7, RS-38220 Kosovska Mitrovica, Serbia
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Symmetry 2019, 11(11), 1396; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym11111396
Received: 18 October 2019 / Revised: 8 November 2019 / Accepted: 11 November 2019 / Published: 12 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Symmetry in Mechanical Engineering)
Fertilizer manufacturing in the chemical industry is closely related with agricultural production. More than a half of raw materials for food products are grown by fertilizing plants. The demand of fertilizers has been constantly increasing along the growth of human population. Fertilizer manufacturers face millions of losses each year due to poor quality products. One of the most common reasons is wrong decisions in control of manufacturing processes. Operator’s experience has the highest influence on this. This paper analyzes the pellet measurement data, collected at the fertilizer plant by using indirect measurements. The results of these measurements are used to construct the model of equipment status control, based on the fuzzy logic. The proposed solution allows to respond to changes in production parameters in a 7–10 times faster manner. On average, a manufacturer with production volumes of up to 80 tonnes/hour could have lost about 8400 tonnes/year of high-quality production. The publication seeks symmetry between human and system decision making. View Full-Text
Keywords: image processing; distribution; granulation; on-line monitoring; fertilizers image processing; distribution; granulation; on-line monitoring; fertilizers
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Andriukaitis, D.; Laucka, A.; Valinevicius, A.; Zilys, M.; Markevicius, V.; Navikas, D.; Sotner, R.; Petrzela, J.; Jerabek, J.; Herencsar, N.; Klimenta, D. Research of the Operator’s Advisory System Based on Fuzzy Logic for Pelletizing Equipment. Symmetry 2019, 11, 1396.

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