Intersecting Machining Feature Localization and Recognition via Single Shot Multibox Detector

Peizhi Shi, Qunfen Qi, Yuchu Qin, Paul Scott, Jane Jiang

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In Industrie 4.0, machines are expected to become autonomous, self-aware and self-correcting. One important step in the area of manufacturing is feature recognition that aims to detect all the machining features from a 3-D model. In this research area, recognizing and locating a wide variety of highly intersecting features are extremely challenging as the topology information of features is substantially damaged because of the feature intersection. Motivated by the single shot multibox detector (SSD), this article presents a novel deep learning approach named SsdNet to tackle the machining feature localization and recognition problem. The typical SSD is designed for 2-D image objection detection rather than 3-D feature recognition. Therefore, the network architecture and output of SSD are modified to fulfil the purpose of this research. In addition, some advanced techniques are also utilized to further enhance the recognition performance. Experimental results on the benchmark dataset confirm that the proposed method achieves the state-of-the-art feature recognition performance (95.20% F-score), localization performance (90.62% F-score), and recognition efficiency (243.85 ms per model).

Original languageEnglish
Article number9222288
Pages (from-to)3292-3302
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
Issue number5
Early online date13 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2021


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