Automation in Production Systems and Management

By Prof. Pradip Kumar Ray   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 613
To introduce the fundamentals of automation in manufacturing systems with major emphasis on application of the state-of-the-art techniques and processes so as to achieve the best possible planning and control in a manufacturing and production environment. The knowledge in the topics as mentioned in the course outline is essential to achieve this objective. The course is intended to be designed for creating a knowledge-base of the state-of-the-art manufacturing systems particularly in designing and developing automated systems and sub-systems. The course is designed to teach the basic concepts, and tools and techniques and methods employed in the broad area of automation of manufacturing and production, in general, and computer-based numerical control, flexible manufacturing system, process planning in manufacturing, in particular, to the students at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

INTENDED AUDIENCE :  Students belonging to disciplines like Industrial Engineering and Management, Production Engineering, Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and allied disciplines
INDUSTRY SUPPORT :   Tata Steel, Tata Motors, L&T, Linde and similar such manufacturing organizations complying Industry 4.0 standards.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 24 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 02 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Management Studies
  • Managerial Economics
  • Operations
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1 : Introduction to Manufacturing and Production Systems
Week 2 : Automation in Manufacturing and Production Systems
Week 3 : Product Development Process and Automation
Week 4 : Fundamentals of NC Technology: Part-I
Week 5 : Fundamentals of NC Technology: Part-II
Week 6 : Flexible and Programmable Automation
Week 7 : Cellular Manufacturing Systems
Week 8 : Flexible Manufacturing Systems: Part-I
Week 9 : Flexible Manufacturing Systems: Part-II
Week 10 : Fundamentals of Robotic Systems
Week 11 : Automated CAPP (Part-I)
Week 12 : Automated CAPP (Part-II)

Books and references

  1. Groover, M P, Automation, Production Systems, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Third Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River
  2. Groover, M P and Zimmers, E W Jr, CAD/CAM: Computer-aided Design and Manufacturing, Prentice-Hall of India Private Ltd.

Instructor bio

Prof. Pradip Kumar Ray

IIT Kharagpur
Pradip Kumar Ray is presently a Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India. He served as the Head of the Department during September, 2006 to August, 2009. A mechanical engineering graduate (IIEST, Shibpur) with MTech degree  and PhD in industrial engineering (IIT Kharagpur),    Professor Ray has about more than thirty-six years of diversified experience - eight years in industry and more than twenty-eight years of teaching and research experience at IIT Kharagpur. He has  served as a visiting professor at several institutions abroad and is trained in Japan on Production Management/JIT-based Manufacturing. He has published one text book titled ‘Product and Process Design for Quality Economy and Reliability’, thirteen book chapters, six lecture packages, and 162 papers in international and national journals of repute and conferences in the areas of quality design and control/TQM, healthcare systems management, productivity engineering, process optimization, ergonomics/human factors engineering, safety engineering and management and other related topics. His areas of interest and research include productivity modelling, quality engineering, ergonomics, healthcare quality management, engineering asset management and JIT-based/lean engineering and operations management. He has secured substantial number (27 till date) of industry and research grants.  He has supervised 17 PhD scholars  till date with 6 research scholars currently working under him.  He has supervised more than 119 MTech and 74 B-Tech projects till date. He has coordinated several outreach training programmes and courses (more than 45)  for industries and academic institutions on several topics, such as MHRD-sponsored four GIAN courses on Engineering Asset Management, Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering, Production and Operations Management, and Quality Engineering in Products and Processes, and other courses on  SPC, TQM, Six Sigma, JIT/Lean Engineering, Materials Management, Environment Management, Workplace Stress Management and Ergonomics including long-duration training programme on Industrial Safety Engineering and Safety Competence Building (SCB) in Material Handling for Tata Steel.  Currently, he acted as an investigator in two-year duration UKIERI-sponsored project on ‘Climate Change Issues and Environmental Performance of SMEs in India and the UK’ in collaboration with Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK. Currently, he has acted as Chief Expert guiding APO-sponsored project on ‘Research on Institutions Offering Productivity Courses’ for six Asian countries, and as the Principal Investigator in MHRD and OFB-sponsored IMPRINT project on manufacture of shells for field guns with improved design and performance. He organized the International Conference, MESH-2016 in December,2016 at IIT Kharagpur as its convener. He has attended several international conferences/congresses as a keynote speaker and a session chair.

Professor Ray is a certified Lead Assessor for ISO-9001 registration, and is a member of several professional bodies, such as INFORMS and IIMM, and a Fellow of World Academy of Productivity Sciences and a Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India).   

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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