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Anand Sharma Lays Foundation Stone of NMTC & AEAMT at CMTI, Bangalore Print E-mail
Written by Arjun   
Saturday, 04 June 2011
Bangalore: Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India, laid the foundation stone for a world-class Advanced Nano Technology Laboratory (the first such laboratory in the country) as part of the Nano Manufacturing Technology Center (NMTC) being established at the cost of Rs. 120 crores at Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI), Bangalore.

He also laid the foundation stone for the Academy of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AEAMT) being established at the Institute at the cost of 20 crores.

The Minister inaugurated the Advanced Machine Tool Testing Facility (AMTTF) established at CMTI at a cost of Rs. 10 crores. AMTTF is a Public –Private-Partnership initiative between the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), CMTI and the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturing Association (IMTMA) with equity participation from the stake holders.

He also dedicated two advanced technology systems at the NMTC laboratory - the Direct Metal Deposition System (Rs. 6 crore equipment, the first of  its kind in the country) and the Femto Laser Machining Center procured at the cost of Rs. 3.5 crores. These equipments would be used for Industry focused R&D and technology development.

Sharma expressed satisfaction with the fact that CMTI has been continuously updating its facilities and expertise in thrust areas of manufacturing technology. "Digital Design and Product Lifecycle Management, Precision engineering, Rapid prototyping, Mechatronics and Nanotechnology are some of the current thrust areas," he said.

More CMTIs needed in India

"It is required in our country to give more thrust to value-added manufacturing which, as of now, is on the lower side compared to other developed economies or emerging economies," said Anand Sharma. He said that India needs more of such technology centers and that the government would look at augmenting this capacity in the country.

While India has just one institute dedicated to discrete manufacturing research, China has set up a number of similar institutes and facilities to evolve value addition in manufacturing.

"We currently have an order-book of around Rs. 50 crore. In the last two  years we cleared orders totalling around Rs. 40 crores," said B. R. Satyan, Director CMTI. CMTI undertakes only challenging design and development activities which others cannot do, he added.

DIPP, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India, has approved the following advanced technology projects for implementation at CMTI during the XI Plan.  

   1. Nano Manufacturing Technology Center (NMTC)- (Flagship Project)
   2. Academy of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing Technology(AEAMT)- (Flagship Project)
   3. Digital Design Center (DDC)
   4. Applied Mechatronics Integration Facility (AMIF)
   5. Advanced Machine Tool Testing Facility (AMTTF) , (P-P-P with IMTMA)

Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI), established in 1963, is a premier institute and the only one of its kind in the country carrying out applied R&D and Pre-competitive R&D in Manufacturing Technology. It is an autonomous body under the Administrative control of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.

Later in the evening the Commerce & Industry Minister participated in an Industry Round Table.

"South India has been a major driver of growth for India in the last decade, contributing to over 22 per cent of India’s GDP and 28 per cent of its employment. The southern region’s GDP has the potential to reach US $ 700 billion by the year 2016, and approximately US $ 1,200 billion by 2020. Together, the southern regional states represent a GDP of US $ 300 billion, which is behind the top 30 economies of the world, out of which, manufacturing sectors like Textile; Automotive & auto components and Advanced industries (construction equipment, aerospace and defense), contribute 30, 28 and 6 billion US $ respectively. Karnataka has 70 per cent share in the aerospace and defense sector. Andhra Pradesh accounts for 17 per cent of India's pharmaceutical sector. Tamil Nadu controls 25 per cent of the automotives and auto components sector. It also has a 22 per cent share of India’s textile sector," said Sharma.

The Industry Minister was concerned about infrastructure as a key bottleneck in the growth of Indian industry.

"We have conceived National Investment and Manufacturing Zones (NIMZs) as mega investment regions to come up as select growth nodes in the country. The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) is another ambitious project of the Government of India which will see investment of US $ 100 billion. In the coming years, environment friendly goods and services will witness a huge demand not only in India but worldwide. This is a green field area where countries will decisively have the first mover advantage and we need to brain-storm and think of policy instrumentalities to harness the role of Government and private sector to ensure growth of this segment. Green manufacturing is one such area which has high growth potential and would help manufacturing sector to have sustained high growth in the long term perspective," he added.

"The key policy thrust for our Ministry has been to provide a greater push to the growth of manufacturing. We have prepared a draft policy document which will be discussed in the High-Level Committee on Manufacturing, to be chaired by Prime Minister on 9th June 2011. The objective of this policy will be to identify key instrumentalities by which we can augment the share of manufacturing in our GDP from 15% to 25% by 2025. This will entail a growth in manufacturing at the rate of 12-14% p.a., which will be able to sustain the momentum of economic growth in the range of 9% and enable the creation of 100 million jobs in domestic industry by 2025," he said.

During his visit, he was accompanied by Shri R.P. Singh, Secretary, DIPP and Ms. Anjali Prasad, Joint Secretary, DIPP.

Nano Manufacturing Technology Center (NMTC)

NMTC will focus on activities in the areas of Nano material & Characterization, Nano products, Nano fabrication and Nano Metrology. It will focus on the application/ manufacturing of nano materials in products, development of machines for nano surface generation, development of nano sensors & control systems and on nano fabrication and nano metrology services.

The underground laboratory being set up at CMTI at an estimated cost of Rs. 25 crores is situated at a depth of 10 meters with closely controlled environmental parameters such as temperature, humidity, air quality, etc. The labs are created with clean rooms varying from Class100 to Class 1000 with temperature controlled at 20+ - 0.1degree C and humidity levels of 50%. Special isolation measures are designed around the lab to contain the ground vibration levels to  < 0.1 micrometer. This underground lab will house facilities for Nano fabrication, Surface Engineering, NEMS/MEMS development, Nano materials and their characterization, Vision laboratory, Assembly and Testing of Nano machines and Precision instrumentation.

The lab would be equipped with facilities to support micro/nano machining such as: Focused Ion Beam Machining System, Femto Second laser Micro Machining System, Micro EDM, Micro Wire EDM and Ultra Precision 5 Axis Machining Center and instruments to measure and characterize surfaces to atomic level- such as Scanning Electron Microscopes, Atomic force Microscope, Optical profiler, Transmission Electron Microscope, Con-focal microscope, Ellipsometer, Raman Spectrometer, etc. The objective is to provide measurement and calibration to nano levels for reference metrology and artifacts such as hemispheres, master balls for CMMs, ball Plates and Hole Plates for CMMs, Surface and Roughness Masters.

When fully operational, the NMTC will provide services to industries in nano manufacturing, product/process development, nano metrology, focused HRD in nano  technology, industrial consultancy, etc.

The Nano Manufacturing Technology Center has been evolved over more than five years after focused interactions with various stakeholders and international experts from Industry and Academia. This initiative enables the country to leapfrog into nano-manufacturing technology to build up potential for taking on perceived futuristic opportunities.

Academy of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AEAMT)

The Rs. 19.25 crore AEAMT project is a focused HR initiative  with the objective of generating qualified human resource in advanced technologies of manufacturing domain to bridge the significant gap of non-availability of ‘job ready engineers’  for the sector .

The Academy offers programmes for students and advanced technology training modules for practicing engineers and technologists. These core technology programmes are designed with  strong focus on experiential learning through hands-on experiments, participation in live industry oriented R&D projects, and shop floor exposure to make the participants ready for the job. CMTI scientists, senior faculty from Academia and national and international subject matter experts from industry will share their experiences with the students and practicing professionals.

The existing advanced manufacturing labs of CMTI form a part of the infrastructure of the Academy for training, hands-on technology projects and applied R&D.

The first batch of 'job ready' engineers has graduated from the academy. MTech programmes in streams like Precision engineering and mechatronics have been planned in the near future.

Advanced Machine Tool Testing Facility (AMTTF) 

The Advanced Machine Tool Testing Facility (AMTTF) has facilities for carrying out advanced R&D to enhance product quality and reliability. This would help the machine tool companies to evaluate their products and work towards raising benchmarks to increase their global competitiveness. 

Center of Excellence for Green Manufacturing

Under an initiative of DIPP, the CII, CMTI and the Fraunhofer Institutions (FhG), Germany, have entered into a MoU for acquiring and adapting Green Manufacturing Technology to the Indian Manufacturing Sector to reduce the carbon footprint and gain global competitiveness. The MoU was inked at Berlin Germany during October 2010 by the partners in the presence of Anand Sharma.

Under this programme, a Green, Clean Manufacturing Center (GCMC) would be set up at CMTI in collaboration with CII. This center would facilitate the Indian industries in awareness, acquisition and adaptation of green technologies.

While FhG would be the technology provider, CII would be the industry interface and CMTI would enable technology adaptations.

The center would have labs and facilities to carry out R&D in green Technologies and train counselors to assist and work with the industry. 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 November 2011 )
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