Kolkata IIT Kharagpur to get a Centre of Excellence on Advanced Manufacturing Technologies jointly with Department of Heavy Industries (DHI) by 2020.
IIT Kharagpur, Kolkata has now got a Centre of Excellence on Advanced Manufacturing Technologies which is expected to start functioning by the end of 2018. This centre will focus on making the Indian Capital Good market globally competitive and support the impending need of increase in depth in manufacturing through technological upgrades and innovation in four important areas, i.e., process automation, additive manufacturing, specialty material and digital interventions as has been forecasted in the industry.
The Union heavy industries and public enterprises ministry’s Department of Heavy Industries (DHI) launched this centre of excellence on Wednesday. The DHI department signed an MoU with IIT Kharagpur in the presence of Babul Supriyo, Union Minister of state for heavy industries and public enterprises, on Wednesday. The PPP funding for the centre is INR 65.19 Crores out of which INR 47.62 Crores has been contributed the ministry’s department.
The centre is being supported by a consortium of leading industrial houses. It is unique for leading industrial houses in India to come together to form a consortium and support this academic centre of excellence on Advanced Manufacturing Technologies. The consortium model had been chosen for this industrial partnership because the need for infusion of next-gen technology in the manufacturing sector surpasses domestic competition and needs concerted cooperation of all the industrial houses of this sector.
The consortium includes India’s leading industrial houses like Tata Sons, Tata Steel, Tata Motors, TCS, Heavy Engineering Corporation, Ramakrishna Forgings, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited and Ampere Vehicles.
PP Chakrabarti, Director, IIT Kharagpur said that the centre will aim at bridging the gap between the demands of the leading manufacturing firms in India and the ability of SMEs to meet those demands in globally competitive terms. Pallab Dasgupta, Dean, Sponsored Research, IIT Kharagpur added that the consortium will also enable self-sustainability of the Centre beyond the period of DHI support.
The centre of excellence will have state of the art infrastructure for additive manufacturing like 3D printing, advanced joining facility like robotic and micro friction stir welding, diagnostic and metrological inspection systems such as CT scan, Industrial IoT with lab facilities for sensors, backend analytics and research.
Surjya K Pal, the technical lead of the centre said that all these are targeted towards Industry 4.0, the next-gen industrial evolution with intelligent machines, connected manufacturing and health monitoring through digital interventions, robotics and automation.