AI Grade Determination ServiceA solution for metal structure inspection automation

    ManufacturingVisualization, analytics, AI
    AI learned based on a variety of training data performs grading judgment in the cloud, achieving recognition accuracy close to that of visual inspection by skilled inspectors in the field.
    Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation
    Compliance awareness about inspection data is increasing

    Steel makers and manufacturers who process steel to make parts have to analyze the mechanical properties (strength, hardness, fatigue characteristics, etc.) of their materials and control the quality of their products in order to select the optimum metal according to the process contents of the target products.

    The metal structure inspection is a test in which a piece of steel is observed with a microscope and graded based on the shape and distribution of the metallographic structure.

    Being mainly a visual inspection relying on human senses and expertise, it has proved to be difficult to automate. But in recent years awareness about compliance, such as the prevention of falsified inspection data has increased. Automation in order to perform inspections without human intervention has gained focus.

    Reproducing a skilled eye

    In order to automate sensory inspections, we have developed an image analysis system based on artificial intelligence, and are currently proceeding with its evaluation with steel manufacturers. Utilizing Toshiba Analytics AI SATLYS™, our artificial intelligence, trained based on various training data sets incorporating the knowledge of experts, will perform evaluation about the crystal grain size of steel material quality on the cloud. It achieves a recognition accuracy close to that of a skilled worker's visual inspection.

    This service utilizes a cloud based architecture that reproduce a skilled eye for sharing models, data, and expertise so that anyone can use its evaluation skill.

    The brand name for industrial IoT services compliant with the Toshiba IoT Reference Architecture.

    Find out more here: What is the Toshiba IoT Reference Architecture.

    Thoughts behind the name SPINEX

    SPINE + X

    The spine is our body’s central support structure, our core, home to the spinal cord that radiates nerves throughout or bodies. In the same way as the nervous system allows us to experience the world, edge computing delivers fast decisions in data processing by distributing sensing and control to every point where it is needed.

    Our spine makes us strong and agile. We can do the same for your business, and contribute to society, by providing an essential industrial IoT framework that supports your people and operations with fast, appropriate on-site processing.

    The X of SPINEX represents eXperience and  eXpansion, and the crossover with other value creators and services. This is how we will create the future with TOSHIBA SPINEX Services.

    Two pillars of the Toshiba IoT Reference Architecture compliance standard

    APIThe service is an open interface, not closed on itself, an architecture that enables third parties to safely create value.
    SecurityThe service implements system security that meets global standards. We can provide customers with all the information they need to assess those standards, and determine whether or not the service meets their business’ security requirements.