|Professor||Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing|
|B Gurumoorthy||Professor||Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing|
|Manish Arora||Assistant Professor||Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing|
|Pradipta Biswas||Assistant Professor||Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing|
The project proposes to develop a smart factory test bed for research in the area of smart manufacturing at the systems engineering level, for biomedical device applications. The test bed will allow collection of real-time data from all five elements of a factory (people, part, tools, processes, and environment) mainly for the following factory functions: inspection, assembly, rework, and testing.
The work will explore three major areas that have significant impact of the overall quality of a manufacturing system: process, people, and resources; overall quality is adjudged with five parameters: quality of outputs, cost of the system, productivity of the system, safety of its people, and impact of the system on environmental sustainability. The research outcomes will include enhanced understanding on how a selected groups of process, people and resource parameters influence a selected group of quality parameters for a factory system, which will be integrated into a recipe for converting a conventional factory in an micro, small, or medium-sized enterprise (MSME) into a smart factory, where real-time data collection, analytics for monitoring, diagnostics with associated documentation can be carried out.
The novelty of the work lies in new research that embraces new individual research in each of sub-areas as well as in embracing these elements at a factory level, so as to make MSMEs in biomedical sector to qualify as certification-worthy. Appropriateness lies in empowering MSME sectors which are typically the largest job provider in an economy and requires major support in technology, ICT and certification; appropriateness also lies in the choice of biomedical devices sector as the area of application, which is critical for affordable healthcare in India and where the expanding market is poor supported by indigenous manufacturing sectors.