In June 2016, a Next Generation Precision Grinder (NGPG), an indigenous high-precision cylindrical grinder was inaugurated at the IIT Madras campus by the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India, Dr. R. Chidambaram. This Precision Grinder has been built made as a joint collaborative effort between industry and academia i.e. Microsmatic Grinding Technologies (MGT) and IITM, a project funded by PSA’s Office GoI. The aim was to indigenously develop the technologies to bring-out a best-in-class Hi-Precision Machine, such as Cylindrical Grinding Machine tool in the country.
There is an increasing demand for high precision equipment and components in strategic sectors like automobile, aerospace, defence, nuclear and medical. These sectors typically employ large numbers of imported grinding machines to meet their demands, due to inability of such hi-precision machines being manufactured by the Indian machine tool manufacturers. Traditionally, the development of high-precision machine tools is treated as something very complex and known only to foreign machine tool manufacturers with specialized skills and advanced technologies. Tapping the high precision machine tool market by indigenous machine tool manufacturers mandates the incorporation of technological advancements, which would enable them to build the Next Generation high-precision machine tools. In this project, IIT Madras generated the necessary information and knowledge to realize the precision for the grinding machine, from the existing best available from an Indian machine tool manufacturer, prepared a framework to design and analyse the existing grinding machine, and finally developed the methodology for the next generation indigenous high-precision CNC cylindrical grinder. The “Make in India” dream for the domestic and global markets is coming true.
This is a successful model of “Make in India” initiative, leveraging industry academia partnership.