Neuron Soundware technology involves listening to the sounds of machines, and then using artificial intelligence to evaluate the sound patterns. It can then provide early warning of anomalies; for example, the onset of a component failure. This function enables real-time monitoring of machine status, optimising maintenance and downtime and ensuring that all machines receive alerts about impending failure. A computer or mobile device performs these actions remotely, eliminating the need for physical inspections that might lead to additional downtime. The reliability of space technology is a prerequisite for the successful expansion of humanity into space.
However, Neuron Soundware has much broader applications than simply maintaining production machines. In fact, vibration analysis can also be used for quality control or optimizing production management across industries. Two years ago, the company decided to enter the space sector. It joined ESA BIC in Prague, where it is now testing its technology for quality control and preparation for pre-flight testing of small space satellites, called cubesats, which will, for example, image the Earth.
Successful validation of the device’s functionality could really help the company break into the huge world of space probe manufacturing. Testing in certified labs equipped for large satellites is expensive. For many smaller companies and universities, the desktop test equipment developed by Neuron Soundware is sufficient to test cubesats that often weigh only kilograms. It consists of a so-called shaker that simulates rocket launches and other mechanical tests, as well as a recording device from Neuron Soundware. Everything is connected to an online platform for collecting, managing and analysing the resulting data. Tests so far look encouraging.