Major Robotics Addverb Technologies creates robots that are mainly used for activities that are difficult, dangerous, expensive, monotonous or time-consuming for humans. Tapan Pattnayak, Director – System Architecture, Addverb Technologies in an interview shared that traditional manufacturing techniques that required hours to complete a task should be replaced by 3D printing
Can you tell us how to create resilient supply chains, operate safe and agile factories, and unlock innovation and new services at the same time?
The ability to adapt to rapid change distinguishes between manufacturers who are content to survive and those who thrive. As rising costs, supply chain issues, skills gaps and other challenges grow, manufacturers must turn to smart cloud and smart edge solutions to build smart factories and agile.
The IoT, in combination with edge computing, AI, and machine learning, helps manufacturers improve performance and stay ahead of change with actionable intelligence and real-time visibility. In fact, 91% of manufacturers have already adopted IoT, citing increased operational efficiency as a primary benefit. However, when connecting all of these devices, manufacturers are prioritizing security, with 62% concerned about protecting their edge-to-cloud solutions. More agile factories help manufacturers ensure business continuity and resilience, ensure safe and secure production with consistent quality and yield, and optimize resource utilization with Industrial IoT and AI.
Industry research reveals that 40% of Asian manufacturers will adopt an API-based integration strategy to tie applications onto a single platform to improve agility and visibility across organizations by 2023. How do you prepare for it?
We aim to fulfill its mission of empowering every person and organization to achieve more by helping customers and partners create a more resilient and sustainable future. Through technology and digital capabilities, we are powering the digital transformation of the manufacturing industry, unlocking new efficiencies and future-proofing businesses. We take care of the system side and software integration into our fleet management system to make every design modular at the end user level. However, at the technical and R&D level, we ensure that all system integration and modular design is done through the API.
Given the accelerated penetration of Industry 4.0 in the Indian manufacturing landscape, how do you envision smart, cloud-integrated platforms and state-of-the-art capabilities to deliver the highest value.
As the manufacturing industry faces significant challenges, it is essential to assess the readiness of industrial companies for Industry 4.0. Disruptive concepts such as the Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems, and cloud-based manufacturing pose these problems. The smart factory is a manufacturing environment in which production and logistics systems self-organize without human intervention. Employees help companies achieve their digital transformation goals. And readiness in this dimension can be measured by analyzing an employee’s current capabilities and ability to learn new skills, as employees are most affected by technological changes in the workplace, which directly impacts on their work environment.
The Future of Make in India highlighted the importance of process transformation to improve the digital readiness of Indian manufacturers. Do you agree or disagree?
Indian manufacturing industry is starting to explore new technological breakthroughs such as data and analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and three-dimensional (3D) printing to drive change for the good of their businesses . The Government of India (GoI) has also recognized the untapped potential of India’s manufacturing capacity and has set an ambitious target to increase the manufacturing sector’s contribution to GDP.
The evolution of technologies underlines that the future will be large-scale personalization through smart factories. Previously, factories were very obsessed with the products they were going to supply, but with changing demand, factories can now rely on additive manufacturing or 3D printing to respond quickly. Can you share how you use robotics and modernize your facilities?
In today’s environment, 3D printing and robotics are not that different. One of the applications of robotics is 3D printing, which automates the most arduous and repetitive processes while reducing costs and speeding up turnaround times. Simultaneously, 3D printing enables the rapid production of a wide range of robots and their components. Traditional manufacturing techniques that took hours to complete a task are set to be replaced by 3D printing. The advancement of 3D printing has allowed it to enter industries such as automotive, aviation, and medicine, among others. Manufacturing is starting to spread and permeate many industries as it becomes more digital and agile. Robotics is one area where advancements in additive manufacturing can have a significant impact on the growth of the industry. Addverb creates robots that are mainly used for activities that are difficult, dangerous, expensive, monotonous or time-consuming for humans. We have already demonstrated in Addverb that we can develop world-class bots, and as a result, people take notice, and we intend to deliver the best bots.