If you are an engineering aspirant then you may want to know more about Mechatronics & Industry 4.0

By: Prof. Vaibhav V Ukrande (vaibhavukrande@jnec.ac.in)
Date: 26th Aug 2020

Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field that offers rich knowledge in the field of Mechanical, Electronics, Computer Science, Electrical and Instrumentation. Mechatronics and Industry 4.0 is todays Industry buzzword as Manufacturing Industries are starving to improve production efficiency in terms of cost, quality and time. Mechatronics has emerged as a right choice for enhancing production efficiency. Industries need Mechatronics specialist who has solid base of Mechanical and Electronics Engineering knowledge in addition to familiarity with Industry 4.0.

Mechatronics specialist has strong knowledge of Mechatronics system modelling, Sensors, Actuators, Programmable logic Controllers (PLC), Industrial drives, Fluid power system and Real-time computer interfacing which has huge demand in Industry. At Innovation, Incubation and Research Centre (IIRC) of MGM University, we have Factory Automation Setup by Christiani Sharpline, Germany which integrates a production system with material sorting and delivery process. This is fully assembled, wired, programmed and tested system. It is ideally suitable for learning PLC programming and visualization, as well as for commissioning and troubleshooting of automated industrial Mechatronics systems.

At IIRC, we also have Industrial Automation and Drives lab wherein complete setup of Siemens PLC (IoT enabled) integrated with Human Machine Interface (HMI), Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) and Supervisory control and distributed action system (SCADA) and for programming and Simulation, Total Integrated Automation software (TIA) are available for implementing experiential learning with hands on sessions for students. To developed competency in the field of Mechatronics, knowledge of these emerging technologies is prerequisite and this knowledge also acts as a foundation in working with systems which is collectively termed as Industry 4.0.

Industrial Automation Lab at Innovation Incubation Research Centre

Mechatronics Lab at Innovation Incubation Research Centre

For these applications, state of the art facilities at IIRC offers a safe and joyful environment for students to learn various aspects of Mechatronics field. Industry 4.0 is a combination of cyber physical systems and Internet of things (IoT) in which machines are connected with each other and they make decisions without human intervention and that brings the concept of smart factory in reality. Real time monitoring of manufacturing activities in a factory is necessary as knowing the working status of machines at any point of time helps in minimizing the downtime and organizing the factory.

To keep pace with these developments, enriched setup has been made available in IIRC. Sensory kit by Pepperl+Fuchs is utilised which can be integrated with Programmable Logic Controllers to gain deep insights of today’s one of the most demanding technology named as Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0 experts generally has strong knowledge in the field of Big data, Augmented Reality, Robotics, Cloud Computing, Industrial Automation, Internet of things, Cyber Security and 3D Printing. All these facilities are integral part of IIRC commissioned under collaboration of industry leaders like Christiani Sharpline-Germany, Yaskawa-Japan, Zortrax 3D Printer-Poland, Autonomous Driving-MSC Software etc.

IIRC is a one stop solution where one can develop competencies required in Mechatronics and Industry 4.0 as courses designed for students of any branch of engineering can take benefit of these unique facilities. Courses are designed in collaboration with Industries and faculties are trained by industry experts. At IIRC, every effort will be made to turned enthusiast into expert of Mechatronics and Industry 4.0.

(Author is Assistant Professor from Department of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering of Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College which is constituent college of MGM University, Aurangabad.)