Digitally advanced sensing technology uplifts the objective of Industry 4.0 to increase efficiency through automation. Sensors help in better monitoring and decision-making through data-backed insights. Manufacturers are predicting better equipment maintenance with use of advance sensing technologies. The Indian government, with its initiatives like ‘Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav’ is creating a platform for the manufacturing industry to explore and implement technology to its benefit. On March 4, 2022, C4i4 Lab and AIA celebrated National Safety Day with great pride and enthusiasm. ‘Sensing Technology Day’ was organised to emphasise the importance of safety in manufacturing processes. The event focused on how sensor technology can help in data acquisition in manufacturing operations in the domain of safety and quality. C4i4 Lab’s vision to organise this event was to create a platform for manufacturing industries and sensor technology partners to come together and share their knowledge and expertise in data acquisition techniques.
An ecosystem to explore and expand
The event displayed various industry use-cases and sensor technologies. Participating sensor technology partners along with C4i4 Lab built an ecosystem to showcase how sensors can be used in the manufacturing industry to help it move towards digital transformation. This event was an eye opener for the OEMs from the automotive sector and engineering goods manufacturers as it came with an opportunity to learn and understand how manufacturing processes can be upgraded and what operational efficiencies can be realised through sensors and other data acquisition technologies.
This successful platform created by C4i4 Lab and their technology partners attracted a number of medium-sized industries as visitors to explore the potential of automation in manufacturing. Many suppliers and vendor based small and medium manufacturing units fail to embrace the road to digital transformation, data acquisition and data analytics, as they think it will require huge capital for them to introduce these technologies in their current processes and also take away jobs from the workforce but, the sensing technology event helped change this perception. The takeaway for them, from this event was the ideas that can improve their current processes, bring better product quality, improve their operational processes, and add better insights to progress their business and increase overall revenue outputs.
Sensing technology day
‘Sensing Technology Day’ was inaugurated by Prof Dr Nitin Karmalkar, Vice Chancellor, Savitribai Phule Pune University, along with the other dignitaries like Dr Dattatraya Navalgundkar, Director, C4i4 Lab, Pradeep Arora, Managing Director, Turck India Automation, Rajendra R Deshpande, Director C4i4 Lab, Sanjay Chavre, Sr. Development Officer, DHI - GoI and AIA Pune Chapter Head. This exhibition was for companies looking for new sensing technologies and students from the technical background to get an idea about latest trends and technologies in the manufacturing industries.
To increase the knowledge sharing scope of the event, C4i4 Lab also organised a seminar-cum-webinar, where four of their technology partners spoke on sensor technology and how it helps in digital transformation and data acquisition. This was attended by industry professionals, faculty of the academic institutions, including students and professors from engineering domains. It gave them a platform to interact with the sensor tech companies and know about the current trends and offerings in the industry.
Technology companies got an opportunity to showcase their cutting-edge products and solutions for quality and safety applications in manufacturing. These included microcontrollers, sensors, cameras, RF, and other solutions. Members from the automotive, auto-component, capital goods manufacturing and food processing units were the foremost visitors at the event. Key companies that showcased their products at the event were, Turck, Pepperl+Fuchs, PILZ, Omron, Festo, Menzel Vision & Robotics, Ifm, Mitsubishi Electric, and Euchner.
OEMs like Tata Motors, Kirloskar, Mahindra, Bharat Forge, Skoda – Volkswagen, and Godrej also graced the occasion with their presence. The event was also shared and was attended around 300+ virtually and around 200 participants physically.
The road to transformation
Initiatives like the ‘Sensing Technology Day’ encourages industries to take that leap of faith towards automation. It’s a long road ahead and nothing can be missed, be it process automation or advance sensing technology. We look forward to more such events in the future that set the foundation for changed mindsets and right actions towards advancement.