Hosur Industries Association Skill Development Centre (HIA SDC) and Mindset Systems LLP join hands

Mindset Systems signed MoU with Hosur Industries Association Skill Development Centre (HIA SDC) to support and accelerate its vision of skilling, reskilling and upskilling member organizations and member companies; by leveraging technology for sustainable employability and inclusive social development.

With this partnership, Mindset Systems will collaborate with HIA-SDC to nurture the talent of aspirants with digital skills, mindsets, and learning pathways to address skills gap and deliver personalised learning experiences for sustained employability; support entrepreneurs through digital and business skills. Additionally, Mindset will strengthen HIA-SDC with its Digital Learning Platform (Mindset DLP), an end-to-end digital suite to facilitate and manage the life cycle of learning and development.

As part of the joint effort, Mindset Systems will partner with HIA-SDC to set up Cyber Physical Automation and IoT Labs and extend hands-on learning on Mechatronics, Cyber physical system & IoT solutions for skilling students & entry level engineers, reskill professionals to meet the changing needs, upskill professionals with depth of expertise and cultivate intrapreneurship to manage innovation.

The Shifts of Technology… that Tests the Reliability of Systems

When I had to make a choice of Flat screen CRT TV in the early 2000s, Sony Trinitron, which was then known in the market as the emblem of premier CRT televisions, was my select. Following years, slimmer, better-looking HD-ready LCD and LED TVs came along…but with the CRT TV meeting the requirements, I was more than happy to pull along for many more years. It is a different matter that eventually, my family’s choice took precedence over mine and I had to upgrade to a sleeker, wider, digital, smart TV. However not prepared to junk the impeccably performing CRT TV, I continue to use the bulky TV from the sunset years of its technological life; waiting for it to have a natural death.

Needing a convincing, why my CRT TV hasn’t quite died out yet, it takes me to the question of understanding reliability.

When reliability is the probability of performing a required function without failure for a stated period of time. The moot question is on deciding on the the goals for the service life, design life and market life characterized by their varying degree of independence and interdependence. While the service life delineates wear characteristics of the product, design life defines the life expectancy of the product and the market life outlines the time the product continues to be sold in the market.

The unparalleled strength of Sony brand that has all along been my choice has endured for decades with exceptional reliability which allowed it to charge a significant premium for its products. However, in this era of rapid rate of technological advances where the time between new product roll outs shrinking and the average lifetime of products falling; cost pressure and the time to capture Mind share takes precedence. As a result, the design philosophy has to cope with the shifts of technology…that would test the reliability of systems.

This would entail a philosophy, where technology obsolescence precedes the life expectancy of a product; while at the same time the design margins are optimized to make the best of market life. To make this work, knowledge on Technology obsolescence and Physics of Failure (PoF) are both important. Accurate prediction of technology obsolescence being near to impossible, the Tech industry is adapting to this idea of planned obsolescence of product technology and integrating physics of failure approach to the design process for optimizing the design margins.

The PoF approach incorporates reliability into the design process by establishing a scientific basis for evaluating materials, components and mechanisms. PoF models are then applied to Highly Accelerated Life Tests (HALT) of physical prototypes pushing the product beyond its operating stress conditions to accelerate failure. HALT with multi-sensor data analysis helps determine the operating and destruct limits of a design and with a prognostic intelligence model the faulted components Remaining Useful Life (RUL) gets defined to either strengthen or optimize the design margins.

In this era of tectonic shifts in technology, where the pace at which products arrive and fade from the market is fast shrinking, the reliabilty of systems are being put to severe test. Advancement of Digital Technology in Simulation, Test, Measurement, Control; powered by Artificial Intelligence is now fast gearing up to meet the new set challenges.