In a move touted as a “significant milestone” towards creating a world-class aerospace manufacturing ecosystem in India, the National Centre for Aerospace Innovation and Research (NCAIR), along with DMG Mori India, launched its Advanced Machining Excellence Cell (AMEC) at IIT Bombay on Saturday.
Officials said that the forte of AMEC is in manufacturing components with complex geometries and sculptured surfaces which are common in modern aerospace applications.
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“It combines milling and turning operations in a single configuration and can be used to manufacture complex turbine engine parts such as compressor plates. It can also manufacture mechanical parts for hydraulic turbines and automobiles. The AMEC will use the latest numerical control technology to achieve high precision machining which is required for aerospace applications,” said an IIT Bombay official.
In 2010, NCAIR was established at IIT Bombay as a joint collaboration between the institute, Department of Science and Technology (DST), government of India, and The Boeing Company. NCAIR is a consortium between aerospace industries and IIT Bombay.
NCAIR focuses on developing aerospace manufacturing capability through related training, technology transfer, research and development and shared infrastructure.
“We’ve been making these (aerospace instruments) in India since 2010, but now the agenda matches the mantra and the objective of the central government. The AMEC is a significant milestone in developing an aerospace ecosystem,” said Asim Tewari, professor in-charge of NCAIR, IIT Bombay.
He added that AMEC is a fourth generation advanced industrial scale with 5-axis milling-turning machine. “It is the largest machine in any educational and research institute in India. In this aerospace ecosystem, there is a long supply chain from tooling to machine to the final product, from which there will be many advantages.”