IIT Kharagpur has developed a completely unique Industry 4.0 technology for remotely controlled factory operations and real-time quality correction during industrial production in India’s advanced manufacturing sector, the Department of Science and Technology said on Friday. this innovation upgraded the economic process of friction stir welding to a multi-sensory system of Industry 4.0.
This technology is connected with a huge experimental knowledge domain to evolve to a typical system and prediction of the weld joint strength, he noted. “Any defect identified during the monitoring procedure is corrected in real-time by sending modified parameters to the machine thus ensuring standardised quality of the method ,” he said. The concept of this technology can further be evolved for real-time control of other industrial processes and such work are going to be carried at the centre with other industrial partners soon.
The innovative technology developed by Surjya K Pal, professor in-charge at the Centre of Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing Technology, IIT –Kharagpur, in association with TCS, will acquire real-time information about the welding process through multiple sensors and ,enable online control of weld quality by means of cloud-based communication with the friction stir welding machine. “Welding is at the guts of any industrial operations. If we will improve the weld quality in real-time during batch production we will reduce rejections in post-production sample checks,” Pal said. Explaining the new technology, he said, “Our multiple sensor process involves various signal processing and machine learning techniques to predict the last word lastingness of the weld joint is fabricated.”