Text: Juliane Gringer
Photos: BPW, Fraunhofer ITWM
How precisely can Predictive Maintenance predict when a vehicle needs to go to the garage? Benjamin Adrian, Deputy Head of the System Analysis, Prognosis and Control department at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Techno- und Wirtschaftsmathematik ITWM in Kaiserslautern, is researching this topic. In this interview, he explains how precisely the optimal time for predictive maintenance can and should be calculated.
Benjamin Adrian, born 1982, studied IT at the Technical University in Kaiserslautern-Landau, Rhineland-Pfalz. Following his promotion to Deutschen Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz, he helped to develop various products in spin-offs in the Document Management department, always in close coordination with the machine learning and artificial intelligence department. In 2018, he moved over to Fraunhofer ITWM, where he now as deputy head leads the System Analysis, Prognosis and Control department.
BPW is paving the way to AI supported maintenance management with its new generation of running gears, iC Plus: sensors and intelligent algorithms make the complex management of vehicles and fleets simpler than ever, optimising economic viability and efficiency. The basis for this is the digital DNA of the trailer, which BPW has already been using since 2018: all the components in the vehicle are recorded digitally and can be monitored throughout the entire lifecycle. Now comes the next step: the trailer of the future thinks for and manages itself. It realises the condition of all the relevant driving gear components, anticipates their wear, organises maintenance appointments at the ideal time and, if necessary, orders the correct spare parts from the garage. BPW is working closely with its affiliate idem telematics, the European market leader for open system transport telematics, to this end. The iC Plus running gear was presented at the transport logistic 2023 in Munich and tested with the leading vehicle manufacturers Kässbohrer and Schwarzmüller. It should be available to order this year.