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Keywords: Sensors, Vibration, Patents
Applicant: Xerox Corporation, USAPatent number: US6,633,821Publication date: 14 October 2003Title: System for sensing factory workspace
A system and method are described for the collection of data with a view to workflow planning and fault diagnosis. The invention comprises of at least one sensor that is placed within a workspace for sensing vibrations associated with at least one machine operating in the workspace. In addition, there is at least one tag associated with a particular job. The tag indicates the contemporaneous status of tasks relating to the job. At least one processor communicates with each of the sensors and at least one tag. This processor receives data relating to the task from the sensor and at least one tag. The sensor is preferably an acoustic sensor that senses vibration and/or sound. The acoustic data were used to determine one or more of workflow status, job status, optimal size of interprocess buffers and machine status.