The Centre of Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing Technology (CoEAMT) of IIT Kharagpur has handed over its Industry 4.0 solution to Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), under Ministry of Defence. The Centre has developed a software for GRSE, named iWeld wherein AI will detect the defective portion from weld radiography images and classify the type of defect. Tested over large number of samples at GRSE, it gives a very high accuracy of 93.18%. The software has been developed by Mr. Avishek Mukherjee, Doctoral Scholar of IIT Kharagpur under the supervision of Prof. Surjya K Pal, Chairperson of the CoEAMT and Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of IIT Kharagpur.
iWeld is likely to replace the need of skilled weld supervisors in near future to evaluate the X-ray films. Additionally, CoEAMT has also taken up another project for Research & Development Centre for Iron & Steel (RDCIS) Ranchi, Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) to do the vibration data analytics of exhauster fan in steel industries. The Centre of Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing Technology has also bagged Rs 30.18 Cr project fund in phase-2, from the Ministry of Heavy Industries (MHI) and Public Enterprises, Government of India to develop various solutions on futuristic manufacturing domains such as cobots in manufacturing, Augmented and Virtual Reality in training and process quality monitoring, affordable healthcare equipment manufacturing, Industry 4.0 solutions for composite wind turbine blade manufacturing etc. with the help of various industries such as Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Metaliks, TCS, Tata Medical and Diagnostics, and LM Windpower.
On the lines of Industry-Academia Collaboration, Prof. Surjya K Pal remarked, “I am sure with such affiliations from Industry and Government funded projects, and regular short term courses on modern manufacturing concepts, and hands-on training programmes throughout the year, the prominence of the Centre will steer ahead. Understanding the country’s need of reskilling and upskilling the manpower on modern manufacturing concepts, CoEAMT provides hands-on training on CNC to working professionals, technical staffs and students. The CNC training that took place from 5th December to 9th December 2022 for the sixth time, had total filled-in participation comprising of working professionals from MSMEs and technical staff members from academic institutes like IIT Kanpur, IIT Goa, students from IIT KGP and many more.”
The Centre of Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing Technology has been established at IIT Kharagpur through the support from the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India, along with a consortium of top six industry members in the country in 2018. The centre aims to stimulate the innovation in low-cost manufacturing solutions for various industries while working in a synergistic way towards the common goals of infusing cutting edge technologies, and to come up with research and development for sustainable products.
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