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Deep learning has gotten much attention in industrial field, many fault detection methods based on deep learning have been developed for nonlinear industrial processes. However, most of them do not take the quality-related faults into account. In order to extract the latent variables which can represent the separated quality-related and unrelated information, this paper proposes a novel deep VIB-VAE algorithm, which combines variational autoencoder (VAE) model and deep variational information bottleneck (VIB). Deep VIB extracts quality-related latent variables by maximizing mutual information between latent variables and process quality while minimizing mutual information between latent variables and observation. VAE is used to learn the quality-unrelated part with above quality-related latent variables as auxiliary information. To monitor and distinguish quality-related and quality-unrelated faults, two monitoring statistics are designed by the two-part latent variables. The reconstruction error by VAE is introduced to improve the performance of fault detection. Finally, the effectiveness of the proposed deep VIB-VAE algorithm is demonstrated by a numerical case and a real hot strip mill process case, respectively.

Tang Peng, Peng Kaixiang, Dong Jie


Deep variational information bottleneck, Fault detection, Hot strip mill process, Quality-related, Variational autoencoder