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IEEE RAS Student Chapter & RBE Colloquium Series: Gokul Sathya Narayanan | Need for the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies in the age of pandemic


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Friday, March 12, 2021
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


WPI IEEE RAS Student Chapter presents


Gokul Narayanan Sathya Narayanan

Need for the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies in the age of pandemic


Friday, March 12, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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Abstract: Recent pandemic has significantly affected several manufacturing sectors, as humans were not allowed to work in factory environments to curb the spread of the virus. The level of impact on these sectors were in proportionate to the degree of automation utilized and the dependency on human labor. One such industry is the garment sewing industry where a human operator is still needed to run most of the semi-automated machines, as the garments are limp and very difficult to handle.   The first part of the talk touches the topic “How adopting Industry 4.0 technologies such as Advanced Robotics and Interoperability of machines can help us achieve full automation in the garment sewing industry”

The second part of the talk covers the topic “How robotic automation can accelerate the diagnostic test kits development to address future pandemics “. In order to perform large-scale testing during pandemics, highly accessible point of care solutions such as Lateral Flow Assay (LFA) tests should be developed. A major bottleneck is the time-consuming development phase where researchers manually experiment thousands of conditions (such as antibody pairings and microfluidic technologies) to find an optimal parameters for LFA diagnostic kits (which could take up to a year or more). By utilizing robotic automation, we can achieve 2-3x reduction in the development time. Once these parameters have been determined, test kits can be mass produced with existing automation available within the bio-medical industry.


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