The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and the Automation Industry Association (AIA) entered into a partnership in May 2017, to help India become a leading global player in the area of smart manufacturing. Both IITD and AIA signed an MOU for setting up a National Common Engineering Facility Center (CEFC) for Smart Technology Enabled Manufacturing. AIA also signed a MoU with the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA) to extend the benefits of the CEFC to its member companies. The CEFC is proposed to comprise of a Cyber-Physical Factory at the Sonepat campus of IITD [30,000 sq. ft.] and a Research Lab at the Hauz Khas campus of IITD [1,500 sq. Ft.], with state of the art infrastructure, automation software and machines.
Technology enabled Manufacturing, or Industry 4.0 as it is referred is a revolution in manufacturing and consumption. It alters the way decisions are made regarding what to produce, where to produce, when to produce and how much to produce. The collaboration is aimed to provide multiple services to Indian industries, from ideation to implementation, and also to develop a national educational curriculum and skill building program through a vibrant incubation and administrative environment.