Software company Hexagon has entered into a partnership with India’s Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI) to establish a Smart Manufacturing Development and Demonstration Cell (SMDDC), an Industry 4.0 Centre of Excellence and Experience Centre, at the CMTI’s premises in Bengaluru.
As part of the partnership, Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division will support the implementation and operations of the SMDDC by providing products, services and knowledge. The initiative is undertaken as part of the ‘Make in India’ campaign, under the scope of the Smart Advanced Manufacturing and Rapid Transformation Hub (SAMARTH) Udyog initiative of the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
“This is a timely initiative to empower the Indian industry, especially the MSMEs, to experience and adopt Industry 4.0 technologies to enhance their quality, productivity and efficiency in a cost-effective manner,” stated Dr Nagahanumaiah, Director, CMTI. “We are delighted to associate ourselves with Hexagon as our vision to build a smart manufacturing facility and demo centre under SAMARTH Udyog initiative is coming to fruition. We would like to invite Indian design and manufacturing organisations to come and experience smart manufacturing and how it could help them for their specific requirements.”
Hexagon will work with CMTI to establish a Smart Factory Demonstrator with a Digital Twin for SMEs, showcasing examples produced by Additive Manufacturing, CNC machining and sheet metal production. The Demonstrator will focus on solution architectures that are modular and configurable, enabling smaller businesses to experiment and scale with their needs. It includes a robust research and training platform that leverages part of the existing manufacturing infrastructure at CMTI.
“We believe this project will go a long way in promoting indigenous research and developing cost effective, state-of-the-art technology through Industry 4.0 and building the required expertise for smart manufacturing in India,” commented Sridhar Dharmarajan, executive vice president and Managing Director, Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence, India. “We are proud to collaborate and are fully committed in this initiative with CMTI to drive the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies.”