The labs are aimed at enhancing the expertise of researchers at IISc, as well as technical skills of professionals in the machine tool industry. The MoUs will focus on development of Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0-enabled products and technologies. The Smart Factory at IISc and the Smart Manufacturing Demo and Development Cell at CMTI are two of the five experiential and demonstration centers for Industry 4.0 sanctioned under the Smart Advanced Manufacturing and Rapid Transformation Hub (SAMARTH) Udyog initiative of the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India. The support from Siemens will be used to develop Industrial IoT/Industry 4.0 enabled digital twin-based platform for machine tool industry and a machine tool health monitoring app on the platform.
This initiative will benefit many research scholars, students, and industry professionals across the machine tool industry in Bengaluru for a period of three years. Special emphasis will be given to equip the labs with technologies, products, and prototypes of emerging digital technologies, such as Digital Twin, Blockchain Technology, Automatic Guided Vehicle, etc. This initiative will encourage adoption of smart digital technologies by MSMEs in the manufacturing sector.
Siemens opines that India has one of the youngest populations in the world and building human capital will be key to supporting economic growth in the coming decades. With digital transformation now a priority for industry, premier educational institutions, such as IISc and CMTI, have a crucial role to play in equipping researchers and professionals with cutting-edge technology and expertise. According to IISc, this academia-industry collaboration will provide a platform for knowledge sharing and help researchers and students to be better prepared for industrial jobs. CMTI says that this will greatly help in promoting indigenous research and development, especially in the areas of emerging technologies that would be instrumental to the growth of India’s manufacturing industry in the future.
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