On 3rd February, 2020, a notable alumni of NIT Durgapur, Dr. Nagahanumaiah, the director of Central Manufacturing Technology Institute, Bengaluru helped everyone with his speech on Industry 4.0 and it’s opportunities and challenges. He described the technologies inherent in Industry 4.0 and the opportunities and challenges for research in this area. Industry 4.0 connotes a new industrial revolution centred around cyber-physical systems. It posits that the real-time connection of physical and digital systems, along with new enabling technologies, will change the way that work is done and therefore, how work should be managed. It has the potential to break, or at least change, the traditional operations trade-offs among the competitive priorities of cost, flexibility, speed, and quality. The focus is on goods-producing industries, which includes both the manufacturing and agricultural sectors. Specific technologies that were discussed included additive manufacturing, the internet of things, blockchain, advanced robotics, and artificial intelligence.
On the 15th of August, 2020, Dr. Shibendu Shekhar Roy, professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of NIT Durgapur who is also the alumnus of the same institute graced everyone with his beautiful speech on additive manufacturing and industry 4.0. his main objective in the seminar was to classify the current knowledge (and technological trends) on Additive Manufacturing and to highlight its potential uses. He presented a comprehensive review on Additive Manufacturing technologies together with both its contributions to Industry 4.0. The latest industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, is encouraging the integration of intelligent production systems and advanced information technologies. Additive manufacturing is considered to be an essential ingredient in this new movement. The seminar focused on three important aspects of Additive Manufacturing: recent advances on material science, process development, and enhancements on design consideration. The seminar was quite interesting which gave a new outlook to the students about the prospects of the industry.