How an expert system can help you solve bulk solids handling problems
This article explains how an expert system can help you perform bulk solids handling tasks. After discussing expert system basics and applications, sections describe steps in developing an expert system, an example of how to implement an expert system, and using an expert system.
Since 1950, computers have been designing and modeling complex industrial processes faster and more accurately than humans. But bulk solids handling has been slow to adopt this computer technology, primarily because most handling operations just aren't set up to employ the high-speed number crunching -- or quantitative analysis -- that computers provide. Like other engineers, you probably rely on your experience -- or qualitative analysis -- to address a tough handling problem instead of performing a detailed computer analysis.