1998 R&D 100 Award Winner!
MSET Early Warning"Expert System" Signals Plant Personnel at Earliest Possible Time
Argonne's Multivariate State Estimation Technique, or MSET, is an advanced artificial- intelligence-based early warning system for performance of sensors, equipment and plant processes. This extremely sensitive system detects the smallest developing faults at the earliest possible time and alerts plant personnel well in advance of warnings provided by conventional monitoring systems. MSET was named one of the top 100 innovations of 1998 by R&D Magazine, winning a prestigious R&D 100 award.
How MSET Works
MSET has unique surveillance capabilities that surpass conventional approaches--includingneural networks--in sensitivity, reliability, and computational efficiency. MSET can be used for sensitivity, high-reliability signal validation, and sensor and equipment/component operability surveillance for any engineering system. The system greatly improves plant safety, availability, and operating efficiency, because small disturbances can be corrected while the plant remains online. For example, developing faults in coolant pumps can be dealt with proactively. In the last decade, utilities have experienced 10 coolant pump breaks, each of which cost at least $10 million in downtime.
The system has a wide range of applications in utilities (fossil and nuclear), natural gas or marine turbine/diesel sets, aerospace, industrial and other settings. However, its greatest benefits are realized for applications where high value is placed on safety, reliability, quality, and avoidance of production loss.
MSET has been licensed to SmartSignal Corporation, Lisle, Illinois.
Argonne's research was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology.
For more information, contact Argonne Technology Development and Commercialization (800-627-2596, email@example.com).