ML4P: Machine Learning for Production

Process model for ML in production
© Fraunhofer
The 6 phases of the process model
The machine learning pipeline diagram provides an overview over data collection and processing, model building and decision making.
© Fraunhofer IWU
A near-series press hardening process at Fraunhofer IWU is one of the use cases studied in the project.

Short description of the project

In the lead project Machine Learning for Production (ML4P), we assume that machine learning can be used to optimize performance in modern production facilities - both in the process and piece goods producing industries.

Under the auspices and coordination of the Fraunhofer IOSB, several Fraunhofer Institutes are pooling their application experience and expertise in machine learning to develop solutions for industry. In ML4P, intelligent methods will be formulated to meet the needs of industry and prepare the way for flexible, fast learning systems. A "learning machine" could, for example, involve the installation of intelligent components or efficient, holistic handling of very large volumes of data.

Project goals

  • Development of a tool-supported process model
  • Realization of a software tool that records and analyzes the current status in order to show possible optimization potentials
  • Derivation and selection of suitable methods of machine learning in production

Project results

While the development and integration of the software tools is progressing, the process model has now been published as a short version and is available for free download as a white paper (see below). It describes the way from the problem definition to the continuous operation of the ML-based system comprehensively and includes:

  • six phases with clearly defined results,
  • the "Machine Learning Pipeline Diagram" and the "virtual process file" as central documents or data structures that represent the current state of knowledge across all phases:
  • a role model that includes the disciplines, competencies and functions required in each phase.

Project partner

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF
  • Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB
  • Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation, institute branch IOSB-INA
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU

Involved departments

These departments of Fraunhofer IOSB contribute their competences to the ML4P lighthouse project:


Project details

Project duration: 2018-2022

Funding body: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

With its lighthouse projects, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft sets strategic priorities in order to develop concrete solutions for the benefit of Germany as a business location. The topics are geared to the current requirements of the economy. The aim is to quickly transform scientifically original ideas into marketable products. The participating Fraunhofer Institutes pool their expertise and involve their industrial partners in the projects at an early stage.

White paper: ML4P process model

Here you can download the short version of the process model (pdf, 1,3 MB - German language).