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PPU160 - Production systems
Syllabus adopted 2012-02-19 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPPEN
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Management, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design Engineering

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: C

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0111 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   23 Oct 2012 pm M,  15 Jan 2013 pm V,  30 Aug 2013 pm V

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Professor  Johan Stahre

Course evaluation:


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Same as for the Chalmers Master's Programme in Production Engineering


Students graduated from Chalmers Master's Programme in Production Engineering must have achieved the knowledge and judgment skills to be able to conceptualize, develop and improve production systems with an emphasis on sustainability.
The primary objective is to convey fundamental knowledge about production systems and to serve as a foundation for further learning in more specialized courses within the Master's Programme. A second objective is to give the students proficiency in design of production systems, measurement of performance, analysis of production flow, and production system improvement.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

- compare historical production systems paradigms.
- relate innovation theory to the historical and future progress of production systems.
- analyze how product, process, facilities, and workers interact to influence efficiency, cost, robustness, and sustainability of production systems.
- assess and communicate economic, ecologic, and social sustainability in production.
- outline a systematic approach to development of production systems.
- apply analytical and virtual tools for conceptualization, design and improvement of production systems.
- assess the level of automation for a production system.
- account for different efficiency losses related to production flows and perform line balancing.
- adapt to present and future legislation and customer requirements on sustainability in production.


The course covers the following topics:
- History of production systems and production paradigms.
- Innovation theory
- The fundamental elements of production systems.
- Assessment and communication of production performance with regard to economic, ecologic, and social sustainability.
- Systematic methodology for development of production systems.
- Training in analytical and virtual tools for conceptualization, design and improvement of production systems.
- Level of automation for a production system.
- Production flows and line balancing.
- Legislation and customer requirements on sustainability in production


Students will learn the course content using a problem oriented pedagogy supported by lectures. This is achieved by lecturers from industry and academia, one factory visit with associated analysis, and lab training in common industrial tools. The evaluation of learning outcomes will be performed using three assessment tasks throughout the course: report and seminar from the factory visit, quizzes and reports related to the lab exercises, and a final exam.


Text book
Scientific papers
Lecture presentations


The grading scale is: Failed, 3, 4 and 5
The final grade includes the student's performance on three assessment tasks (all tasks are required to pass the course):
- Final exam
- Graded report and seminar from the factory visit
- Graded reports from laboratory exercises.

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