Arivazhagan (Ari) Anbalagan


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    Design and Manufacturing / Digital Manufacturing / Digital Twins / Factory Twins & Planning / Internet of Things / Industry 4.0 / Machine Learning (through NVIDIA Digits) / CAD / CAM / CAPP / CAE & FEA Simulation / Manufacturing Technology & CAD / CAM Automation / Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) / Robotics / CNC Machining of Free Form surfaces / Prismatic & Rotational parts (5 / 3 / 3+1 / 3+2 axis – Ceramics and Metals) / Manufacturing Systems Modelling / Quality Assurance & 6σ / 3D Printing / STEP & STEP NC / DFMA / DFX / Metrology


    Dr. Arivazhagan Anbalagan is a Assistant Professor in Digital Manufacturing,  Centre for Manufacturing and Materials, The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME), Coventry University, UK. 

    He has a manufacturing research background and prior joining Dr. A. Arivazhagan led various Academic and post-doctoral positions in the UK universities. This is on implementing Manufacturing / Machining / CAD / CAM / CAPP automation technologies  Industry 4.0 / Digital Twin for industries through academia giving considerable research to business impact in terms of cost & lead time reduction. Those include (i) Robert Gordon University (2020-2021) (iii) University of Birmingham (2017-2020) (iv) Queen’s University Belfast (2015-2017) (v) Nottingham Trent University (2014-2015) and (vi) Coventry University (2013-2014).

    With his experience of more than 15+ years he has commendable ‘hands on’ skills in Hardware, Software and ICT technologies which mainly includes operating (i) CNC Machines (Siemens / Heidenhain / Fanuc) (ii) Metrological machines such as CMM (Carl-Zeiss) and Alicona (3D Light based measurement), Microscopes, SEM etc. (iii) CAD / CAM / CAPP usage (NX, Solidworks, AutoCAD, Vericut etc.,) and their software development using C/C++/JAVA/C#.Net/Python.

    Professional Registration / Qualifications / Certifications & Technical Memberships:

    • Chartered Engineer   :         CEng – (IMechE-UK)
    • Technical Memberships : Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
    • Teaching Qualification: PgCert in Academic Practice in Higher Education (PgCHE - Coventry University), Fellow HEA
    • Six-Sigma Green Belt for Quality (General Electric (GE) (JFWTC, Bangalore, India)

    Development of Manufacturing / Machining Technologies: Collaborated Industry: Rolls-Royce; Project: Manufacturing Portfolio ; University of Birmingham & High Temperature Research Centre (HTRC) (2017-2020)

    1. Machining Toolpaths (G & M Codes) for 3+1 / 3+2 /  5 axis machining of free form aerospace ceramic parts – using CAD/CAM - Siemens NX/Vericut / DMU DMG Mori / Matsuura LX1- 2017-2020.

    2. Supported development of methods to produce components targeted at Rolls-Royce’s Engines development programmes through machined parts (G & M Codes) - Siemens NX/Vericut - 2017-2020.

    3. CAD/CAM Automation for Toolpath Generation (G & M Codes) and Feature recognition for Slots – using C#.NET & JAVA (2020) – Proof of Concept. Prototype –Jan 2020.  


    As Engineer / Technologist, Academician / Post Doctoral Researcher, Dr. Arivazhagan Anbalagan have developed some interesting methods and approaches and created Proof of Concept (PoC) Softwares in Digital Manufacturing:


    (For improving productivity, zero defects, horizontal / vertical integrations/ reducing lead times, time to design / redesign, manufacture & FMS / CIM)

    1. "Digital twin" creation using Node-RED and JavaScript for IoT-based integration, enhancing the connectivity and functionality of the Virtual FEA / Cyber Physical systems. (2022-2023)
    2. "Data interlinking" for open-source verification of cloud data through Mindsphere /Insights Hub, ensuring data integrity and reliability. (2022-2023)
    3. "OPC UA-based Cyber Physical Twin" interfacing the physical and digital entities for improved system performance and monitoring using JAVA script (PLC based). (2021-2023)
    4. "Machine Learning Algorithms" for dimension verification of Primitive features by NVIDIA Digits (Python) for Image based CAD & Feature Recognition (2022-203).
    5. "Design to Redesign" for milling process using C#.Net for primitive features (2020-2021).
    6. "CAD/CAM Automation" for Toolpath Generation and Feature recognition for Slots – using C#.NET & JAVA (2020) – Proof of Concept. Prototype – Jan 2020. (Rolls-Royce) (Siemens (UG) NX)
    7. "AGENT based CAD for Bio Inspired Design Rules" using AosJACK and CADfix – using JAVA (2016-17) - Prototype (EPSRC). Prototype completed for 2d / 3d Model Generation (2015- 2017)
    8. “TOOLBOX WEBSITE for Engineers” – (2014- 2015) - using HTML/JAVA Script (Dreamweaver-base) Delivered for Production (FP7-EU Project- Proof of Concept)
    9. “Data Bridging Tool for My Eco Cost Project” using JAVA – (2014- 2015) - up and running - Delivered for Production (FP7-EU Project- Proof of Concept
    10. “Improved Feature Recognition methods” using C/C++/JAVA – (2013-2014) - up and running - Delivered for Production (FP7-EU Project- Proof of Concept)
    11. “Feature recognition methods for freeform surfaces (G&M Codes) using Siemens (UG) NX” using C/C++ – (2010-2013) - Proof of Concept
    12. “STEP-NC based 5 axis Tool paths integration for blades / impellers using Siemens (UG) NX, STEP-NC developer” using C/C++ – (2010-2013) - Proof of Concept (G&M Codes)
    13. “STEP-NC based 5 axis setup & tool integration for blades / impellers using Siemens (UG) NX, STEP-NC developer” using C/C++ – (2010-2013) - Proof of Concept (G&M Codes)
    14. BCL -JAVA based CAD Automation tool - GE, (2008-2009) - Delivered for Production, (Industry - GE, Oil and Gas) - Siemens (UG) NX
    15. “Interfacer for STEP AP203/214 formats” using C - VC++ Compiler (2009, 2014 (updated)) - Delivered for Production (PhD.Proof of Concept)
    16. “Feature Recognizer for Tapered and Complicated Prismatic parts” using C / C++ - VC++ Compiler. – (2009 and 2014 (updated) - Delivered for Production (PhD.Proof of Concept)
    17. “Finish Cut Machinable Volume Identifier” using C - VC++ Compiler. (2009)- Delivered for Production (PhD.Proof of Concept)
    18. “Database Access for Machining Planning Module” VB 6.0. (2009)- Delivered for Production (PhD.Proof of Concept)
    19. “Machining Planning Module for FM-CAPP System” using C - VC++ Compiler. (2009)- Delivered for Production (PhD.Proof of Concept)
    20. “Setup Plan Generator for Tapered Prismatic Parts” C - VC++ Compiler. (2009)- Delivered for Production (PhD.Proof of Concept)
    21. “Integrated CAPP Modules of Finish Machining CAPP SystemVB 6.0. - (2009) - Delivered for Production (PhD.Proof of Concept)

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

    Education/Academic qualification

    Mechanical / Manufacturing Engineering, Doctorate, CAPP for Prismatic Parts : A STEP based approach, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

    Jul 2003Nov 2008

    Award Date: 8 Nov 2008

    CAD/CAM, MEng, Development of Software Module for Auto Identification of Islands in Pocket Geometry, Vellore Institute of Technology

    Aug 2001Jan 2003

    Award Date: 1 Mar 2003

    Mechanical Engineering, Degree, University of Madras

    Aug 1997Apr 2001

    Award Date: 1 Aug 2001


    • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
    • TS Manufactures
    • QA76 Computer software
    • L Education (General)


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