IIT Madras Launches Smart Manufacturing and Digital Transformation Center

Article By : Indian Institute of Technology Madras

IIT Madras has launched the Smart Manufacturing and Digital Transformation Center to democratize smart manufacturing and digital transformation.

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) has launched the Smart Manufacturing and Digital Transformation Center (SMDTC) to democratize smart manufacturing and digital transformation.

It will create the foundation elements of the manufacturing execution system (MES), IIoT database and manufacturing intelligence software platforms for Indian MSMEs, adopting Industry 4.0 practices to leapfrog toward world-class and self-reliant manufacturing.

The Center is being established in a joint partnership between Advanced Manufacturing Technology Development Centre (AMTDC), a Centre of Excellence at IIT Madras, MESA International (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association), a global non-profit present in over 40 countries, and Cantier Systems, a leading provider of Next Generation Manufacturing Execution System for Industry 4.0.

The Smart Manufacturing and Digital Transformation Centre were inaugurated on 13th July 2022 by Dr. N. Chandrasekaran Chairman, Tata Sons, in the presence of Dr. Pawan Kumar Goenka, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Madras; Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras; Prof. N. Ramesh Babu, Secretary, AMTDC; Dr. Ananth Seshan, Vice-Chairman, MESA International; Prabakar Selvam, Chairman, MESA APAC & CEO – Cantier Systems; R. Ravisankar, Chairman, MESA India SIG (South) and Executive Director, Cantier Systems; and Alok Varshney, Chairman and MESA India SIG (North).

Speaking about the Center, Prof. Babu said, “SMDTC will lead in provisioning a smart manufacturing model factory/experience center and also support collaborative research/innovation for Industry 4.0 in process intelligence, robotics, and machining dynamics control automation.”

The Smart Manufacturing and Digital Transformation Centre will focus on smart manufacturing education and community interaction for capacity building; smart manufacturing maturity assessment; smart manufacturing experience center with model factory facilities; collaborative research and end-to-end innovation for smart process intelligence; 5G enablement to democratize smart manufacturing adoption; and smart manufacturing supply chain collaboration.

“Derived from the global experiences of MESA’s International members, the SMDTC will help in Smart Manufacturing Education and Maturity Assessment so that the Indian MSMEs can get access to the latest global implementation practices. Cantier will provide MES 4.0 platform to create the Smart Manufacturing Experience Center,” said Selvam.

With in-built capabilities like monitoring, alarming and visual dashboards for real-time predictive decision support, this partnership will create a unified platform for the next generation of smart manufacturing – unlocking the hidden value from Legacy Manufacturing Assets by contextually liberating relevant data from the shop floor equipment/devices and delivering exponential business value to the enterprise.

The plan and benefits in the immediate term include smart manufacturing maturity assessment and continuous improvement, workforce development through high-impact vocational training programs on smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 and implementation experience sharing with case studies. 5G enablement to democratize smart manufacturing adoption will also be taken up besides virtual smart manufacturing supply chain collaboration and providing students with engagements in hands-on implementation of smart manufacturing technologies.

 

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