S Vishnu Sharma, INN/Chennai, @svs037
Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) is going to establish a joint research cell with leading Japanese manufacturing firms.
IIT Madras signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 14 November with alfaTKG Co Ltd (Japan) and OKABE Manufacturing Co Ltd (Japan) for collaborating in core areas of manufacturing sector including research and development (R and D).
IIT Madras director Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Toshio Takagi, president and CEO, alfaTKG and Hiroaki Okabe, president and CEO, OKABE Manufacturing Co Ltd signed the MoU on behalf of the three organisations.
The MoU will pave way for the cooperation between alfaTKG, IIT Madras and Okabe Co Ltd for joint research, sponsorship programs, usages of facilities of alfaTKG, OKABE and IIT Madras by each other and exchange of employees between them.
IIT Madras director Bhaskar Ramamurthi said there is a lot of potential for this kind of collaboration with IIT Madras. This can pave way for our students to intern in the partner firms in Japan.
IIT Madras has incubated startups that are doing amazing work based in IoT and AI that surpass even the big corporates in their technological innovation.
Toshio Takagi said they had a tie-up earlier with IIT Madras in 2015 and since then our firm has grown a lot. This collaboration so important to the SMEs sector, which also uses a lot of robots and IoT-based solutions. We have to provide the new solutions to the market, he said.
N.Ramesh Babu, Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering (IIT Madras) who is coordinating this initiative, said this collaboration will bring many SMEs from Japan to interact with many start ups in IITM Research Park to address the issues related to IoT and Industrie 4.0.
This will also enable many students and faculty members to interact with Japanese industries in smart manufacturing, he said.
This agreement will help India to foray into the paperless manufacturing, which is revolutionizing the manufacturing sector across the globe.
As part of the initiative, alfaTKG Co Ltd, a pioneer in providing IoT-based solutions for knowledge driven paperless manufacturing technology in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Japan and other Asian Countries, will be introducing ‘Genius Artificial Intelligence Assistance’ (GAIA) for efficient manufacturing, machinery utility and health monitoring, he said.
Ravindra Gettu, Dean (Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research) at IIT Madras, Periasamy Thanapandi, President and CEO, alfaTKG Integrated Solutions India Pvt Ltd were among others present.