Making use of process tomography data for multivariate statistical process control

Bundit Boonkhao, Rui F. Li, Lande Liu, Xue Z. Wang, Richard J. Tweedie, Ken Primrose, Jason Corbett, Fraser K. McNeil-Watson

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This paper describes a novel strategy for making effective use of on-line process tomography measurements for process monitoring. The electrical resistance tomography (ERT) sensing system equipped with sixteen electrodes provides 104 conductivity measurements every 25 milliseconds. The data has traditionally been used for construction of images for display purpose. In this study, ERT data was used for multivariate statistical process control (MSPC). Data at pre-defined normal operational conditions was processed using principal component analysis. The compressed data was used to derive two statistics; Hotelling’s T2 and squared prediction error (SPE). The Hotelling’s T2 and SPE charts predict the probability that the process being monitored has undergone statistically significant changes from previous state or the so-called normal operational state, in terms of mixing quality. The methodology is illustrated by reference to a case study of a sunflower oil/water emulsion process. © 2010, International Society for Industrial Process Tomography.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication6th World Congress in Industrial Process Tomography Proceeding
PublisherInternational Society for Industrial Process Tomography
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780853163220
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event6th World Congress on Industrial Process Tomography - Beijing, China
Duration: 6 Sep 20109 Sep 2010
Conference number: 6


Conference6th World Congress on Industrial Process Tomography
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