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Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI) on an accelerated growth path Print E-mail
Written by George   
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Bangalore: The Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI), the reputed Indian R&D organization for machine tools, production engineering and manufacturing systems, is expanding its activity profile and facilities consequent to a slew of initiatives by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.

The recently approved advanced technology projects for implementation include - the Nano Manufacturing Technology Centre (NMTC), the Applied Mechatronics Integration Facility (AMIF), the Digital Design Centre (DDC) and the Academy of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AEAMT).

In addition, a dedicated Advanced Machine Tool Testing Facility (AMTTF) has been approved for implementation with equity participation by the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers Association (IMTMA) under a unique public private participation model.

Also of note is the fact that the project outlay for CMTI in the XIth Plan has been increased four-fold.

The projects have been evolved in a concerted move by the DIPP involving the participation of a broad spectrum of stakeholders including the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC), The Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor, GOI, DST, DSIR, Ministries of HRD, S&T, etc.

The institute is working towards establishing and strengthening the collaborative R & D linkages with national and international academic institutions of repute and Indian industrial in-house R & D.

According to Mr. B.R. Satyan, Director of CMTI, the institute will set up the nano manufacturing technology centre at a cost of Rs 120 crore under the 11th Plan. The NMTC will focus on manufacturing nano materials, machines for nano surface generation, nano sensors and control systems as well as providing nano fabrication and metrology services.

The Academy of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing Technology, to be set up in the same plan period at a cost of Rs 19 crore, will provide state-of-the-art facilities for research in manufacturing technology. The facilities will be accessible to scientists, technologists, R&D engineers and researchers from industries, colleges and R & D institutions.

Recently, a team of CMTI Scientists led by Mr. Satyan and Prof. S. Mohan of IISc Bangalore visited R&D organisations and universities in the USA  including the Universities of Michigan, North Carolina, Arkansas, Nebraska, Lawrence Technological University, Wayne University and the National Institute of Science and Technology to identify possible areas of collaboration and networking with scientists and academicians. As many as 21 collaborative R & D projects have been identified in nano manufacturing and about 10 projects are being finalised.

Focused areas were identified for joint programmes, online programmes and distance learning which include engineering management, non-traditional machining, micro-engineering, nano manufacturing assembly, mechatronics, automation, ultra- precision engineering, vibration measurement and proactive maintenance. These programmes will be offered under AEAMT for development of human resources with industry-ready engineers and technologists for further enhancing academic qualifications in advanced technology leading to master's and doctorates.

Meanwhile the governing council of CMTI has upgraded its research advisory board to include members from IITs, IISc, strategic sectors, space, industries and the Government.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 June 2009 )
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