22 July 2022 09:22:47 IST

IIT Madras launches digital transformation centre

A view of the Smart Manufacturing and Digital Transformation Centre at IIT Madras

IIT Madras has launched ‘Smart Manufacturing and Digital Transformation Centre’ (SMDTC) to create the foundation elements of the manufacturing execution system, IoT database and manufacturing intelligence software platforms for Indian MSMEs, adopting Industry 4.0 practices, a release from the institute, said.  

The Centre 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 manufacturing execution system for Industry 4.0

Dr Pawan Goenka, Chairman, BoG, IIT-M, Prof Ramesh Babu Secretary, AMTDC, and Dr N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons

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

Industry 4.0 practices

N Ramesh Babu of IIT Madras, said, “SMDTC will lead in provisioning a smart manufacturing model factory and experience centre and also support collaborative research and innovation for Industry 4.0 in process intelligence, robotics and machining dynamics control automation.”

Further, Selvam said, “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 (Manufacturing Execution System) to create the SMDTC.”

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 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 democratise 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.