Sonali Dutta, VP-Corporate Affairs and HR, Bry-Air | India Today | March 27, 2021
Manufacturing has always embraced futuristic technologies and it is on the cusp of radical change driven by tech advances from 3D printing to AI, AR and Robotics.
The only constant today is ‘CHANGE’, especially when it comes to technology. In the last decade, the transformation has been more apparent and in a shorter period technology has become sophisticated which is making a substantial impact on the workforce.
The 4th industrial revolution or Industry 4.0 has brought varied changes driven by IoT, AR, VR and Real-Time Intelligence and has not only completely transformed the way we work but has also changed the way manufacturing works. Industry. 4.0 has revolutionised the factories operation, machines are proficient enough to predict failures and trigger maintenance processes autonomously or self-organized logistics that react to unexpected changes in production. The technological insurgency has altered the way we live, work and relate to one another.
Without hesitation, we can say that manufacturing runs on innovation and has a big impact on jobs, livelihood and the economy. Manufacturing has always embraced futuristic technologies and it is on the cusp of radical change driven by tech advances from 3D printing to AI, AR and Robotics.
Today, smart manufacturing is indeed taking the advantage of advanced information and upgraded technologies to enable flexibility in physical processes to address a dynamic and global market.
With changes happening so rapidly, students must be exposed to the practical side of manufacturing, especially new methodologies. Manufacturing industries are coming forward to help future generations by providing them opportunities and a place to learn practically.
Thus, giving them the foundational basics on how technologies and machines work in a set of environment. It is rightly said that theoretical knowledge in any discipline gives students a deeper understanding of concepts, whereas practical knowledge makes you capable enough to know how things happen in the real world. Hence, offering the students the chance to develop technical knowledge through practical learning gives them real-life experience and eventually leads the step towards making them future-ready.
Why Industry 4.0?
Industry 4.0 has the potential to pull individuals into smarter networks, with the potential of more efficient working. Today, simulation and AI and VR are being adopted especially by the automobile industry. New engineers are working on simulation, mathematical modelling and paving the way forward.
Bry-Air, through its learning initiative program, BALI, has been sponsoring student study trips from different engineering colleges all over India for the past few years to ACREX, South Asia’s largest exhibition on HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) Industry.
The objective is to give the students a real-time experience to see equipment and products and provide them hands-on exposure and learning to the latest in the field of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and building services.
The students get the opportunity to interact with the faculty and understand the most advanced technologies and associate realistically with their studies. The company believes in recognising and promoting young talent by providing them opportunities to gain exposure and equipping them with the right skill set.
By doing this, management puts younger students to learn all the new technologies, groom students by various means and imparts them with basic ethics that are required the most in the professional space.
Motivating engineering students
The initiative was launched to motivate engineering students to opt for a career in the HVAC& R industry and generate awareness by showcasing the industry’s strengths. Hence, students will become more focused and acquainted with the right career opportunities. We also host student groups to visit their facilities to give them an understanding of how manufacturing facilities function.
Companies need to focus on finding ways and means to make engineering students opt for a career in our industry by creating opportunities that are more exciting and rewarding. Education and knowledge are the key catalysts for innovation. Thus, innovation in all segments of business, be it technology or product or business processes, is the key driver for growth.