EDB and Moratuwa University conduct Optomechanics workshop | Sunday Observer

EDB and Moratuwa University conduct Optomechanics workshop

27 November, 2022

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) in collaboration with the University of Moratuwa, the National Centre for Non-Destructive Testing (NCNDT) - Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board, and Foundry Development and Services Institute (FDSI) conducted a workshop on Opto-mechanics and Introduction to Non-destructive Testing Methods at the NCNDT premises in Kelaniya recently.

Over 50 technical personnel from some of the leading manufacturing and exporting companies in Sri Lanka were present.

The objective of this workshop was to enhance the technical knowledge of opto-mechanics and introduce nondestructive testing methods to make local products more competitive in foreign markets in order to target new opportunities in the export market. 

Senior Lecturer of  the Department of Material Science and Engineering, the University of Moratuwa, Dr. S. Amarasinghe said a high-tech industry such as optomechanics technology can be introduced to countries such as Sri Lanka successfully.

“We are trying to enter an optomechanics industry that is developing towards protonic. Protonic means next generation electronics,” Dr. Amarasinghe said.

The main reason for being unable to enter the export market from this sector was the lack of awareness about market opportunities for this industry in the global marketplace, he said.

The EDB in collaboration with NCNDT and the University of Moratuwa are keen to expand this workshop into a multi-phased program in the future. Dr. D. Attygalle, Senior Lecturer, Department of Material Science and Engineering, Moratuwa University and Mechanical Design Engineer Oscar Weerasekara and Dr. S. Amarasinghe conducted presentations during the workshop. 

When it comes to the field of advanced optics, the global market demand is estimated at around US$ 250 billion and it is projected that it will rise to nearly US$ 500 billion by 2028.

The NCNDT of the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board (SLAEB) is the pioneer NDT Service provider in Sri Lanka. It provides NDT training and inspection services to Government and private sector industries, and welder qualifications and certification services.