Sensor signals acquired during the manufacturing process contain rich information that can be used to facilitate effective monitoring of operational quality, early detection of system anomalies, quick diagnosis of fault root causes, and intelligent system design and control. This paper develops a method for effective monitoring and diagnosis of multi-sensor heterogeneous profile data based on multilinear discriminant analysis. The proposed method operates directly on the multi-stream profiles and then extracts uncorrelated discriminative features through tensor-to-vector projection, and thus preserving the interrelationship of different sensors. The extracted features are then fed into classifiers to detect faulty operations and recognize fault types. The developed method is demonstrated with both simulated and real data from ultrasonic metal welding.

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