Indian Institute of Technology Madras imparted a major thrust to indigenize the manufacturing capabilities in India with the launch of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Development Centre (AMTDC). A one-of-its-kind translational research and development centre, AMTDC brings the concept of Industry-Academia collaboration into reality and is set up in IIT Madras Research Park, a nodal infrastructure for academia-industry interaction under one roof, to offer solutions for developing advanced technologies in capital goods manufacturing sector with the collaboration of industrial partners.Established by IIT Madras with the support from the Department of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Govt of India, under its Capital Goods Scheme on ‘Enhancement of Competitiveness in Indian Capital Goods Sector,’ this Centre is registered as a not-for-profit society to function as a special purpose vehicle focusing on the technological developments in the Capital Goods Sector.
The centre is established over an area of 9,000 sq. ft. in IIT Madras Research Park to house technologies developed over the last three years with six industrial partners. In a short span, AMTDC has developed a core technological base in areas of precision machine design, energy-efficient system design, analytical/numerical design optimisation, soft technologies for smart manufacturing involving Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics, manufacturing process design and optimisation and automation system design and integration and demonstrate them into patentable and commercially exploitable technologies.