Responsiveness to ‘Make in India’ initiative would need a breakthrough jump in our manufacturing competence. To achieve such levels of knowledge infrastructure the GNA University, Phagwara is making deliberate research and education initiatives. Furthering this, The Faculty of Engineering and Technology organized a National Conference on Advance Manufacturing 2017.
Sketching the scenario the Vice Chancellor – Dr. Prem Kumar warned there was a disruption in state of technology of manufacturing and the manufacturing engineers were being challenged. How the manufacturing is becoming advanced was counted by Dr. P. Thareja – Dean FET, and thus in advanced manufacturing the costs could be lowered even drawing components from cloud at will, or assembled at a remote situation. He mapped how advanced manufacturing used innovative technologies to improve products or processes.
Dr. R. K. Garg, Dean Academics, NIT, Jalandhar, elaborated the need of instant manufacturing and exemplified it as in case of bio materials. Earlier Mr Robin Bagchi, Director NIIST, Mandi Gobindgarh talked about the material challenges to advanced manufacturing referring to a critical steel scenario in India.
There were three technical session following the inauguration. Mr A.K.Jain, GNA Gears talked of advanced technology upgrading the conventional functions. He shared of the retrofitting in GNA gears. Jain accented on the role of JIT, FMS, and inventory management as other challenges. The session 1 that had two key note lectures also had 20 papers of the total 35 papers duly read by different delegates from various institutions.
In the second session Dr Rupinder Pal Singh Khalsa from GNEC Ludhiana shared how the equipment could be reengineered to reduce cost of additive manufactured components using innovation and development. He was joined by Dr Amit Bansal for the integration of conventional processes. An account on the processes encompassed in AMT were deliberated by Dr Sarabjit Singh from PEC Chandigarh.
Key note speakers of third session Mr. Vinod Kumar from Blue star emphasized a holistic thinking in design of components for advanced manufacturing. Mr. Surrender pal exhibited how GNA had served in technology up gradation and positioned India in global market using retrofitting and innovation.
The conference ended with a panel discussion in the leadership of Mr. Surinder Pal, Mr. Balraj Seth, Mr. Robin Bagchi, Dr PC Maity (ex NIFFT, Ranchi) and Dr P Thareja to understand the various control parameters currently in vogue of modern manufacturing. This included technological features encompassed in Advanced manufacturing technology. The outcome summed by chair as that the sector needed to encash opportunity to collaborate industry and academia together to understand modern manufacturing challenges.
The conference with 42 deliberations on AMT was attended by 150 participants from Industry, Academia and Research scholars from Manipal, Shimla, Sonalika tractors, Manav Rachna University etc, to name a few.
The vote of thanks were delivered by the conference secretariat Dr Sachit and Mr Sourav.