Tennessee Patent of the Month – May 2024

Discovery Sound Technology, LLC (DST) uses the ultrasound technology to gather information about the health and performance of HVAC equipment. With this insight, and the underlying DST analytics, you can unlock actionable recommendations to improve HVAC performance in minutes.

The company has recently patented their analytical tools which estimates the life remaining in industrial equipment – like HVAC equipment. Utilizing advanced sound energy analysis, the system offers unprecedented accuracy and reliability in estimating wear and predicting equipment failures.

At the core of this technology are sophisticated sensors that capture sound emissions from electromechanical devices. These sound signals are transformed into digital data, which is then meticulously analyzed by servers equipped with machine learning algorithms. These servers iteratively develop models that classify sound characteristics and their impact on wear over time. This allows the system to predict the wear state of a device by comparing its current sound profile to a vast database of similar equipment.

What sets this system apart is its ability to detect minute changes in sound patterns that indicate early signs of wear. By doing so, it can predict potential failures before they occur, enabling timely interventions that extend the life of machinery. The system not only estimates the wear state but also determines the confidence level of these predictions, ensuring that alerts are reliable and actionable.

One of the most impressive features is its scalability. The system can analyze data from thousands of different equipment types, making it a versatile tool for any industrial setting. This scalability is matched by its precision, as it consistently processes numerous readings faster than real time without the cognitive biases and limitations of human experts.

Visual indicators and real-time alerts further enhance the system’s utility, providing technicians with immediate insights into the health of their equipment. This proactive approach to maintenance not only prevents costly downtime but also optimizes the operational lifespan of critical assets.

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