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SSY292 - Design and scheduling of automated production systems
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-18 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

Teaching language: English
Block schedule: B

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0115 Project 2,5 c Grading: UG   2,5 c    
0215 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   11 Jan 2016 am M,  05 Apr 2016 am H,  19 Aug 2016 pm SB

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Professor  Martin Fabian


SSY290   Design of flexible and modular automation systems SSY291   Design and scheduling of automated production systems

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In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

There are no course specific requirements


Production systems consist of machines and material handling devices, together with a work-force, and these are limited resources. To produce something, a set of machining and transportation tasks must be performed by the system. These tasks require the allocation of the limited resources in such a way that the production can always progress under the given specifications. This course aims to uncover fundamental properties of production systems and use those for analysis, scheduling, continuous improvement, and system design so that requirements on the production systems are fulfilled.

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

  • Model a production system consisting of machines and material handling devices.
  • Confidently use the common terminology within manufacturing scheduling and optimization, such as, processing time, throughput, efficiency, release time, makespan, etc.
  • Analyze a given a production system, regarding performance measures, such as throughput, work-in-process, probabilities of blockages and starvations.
  • Determine whether limited resources available in the system, that is, the workforce or buffer capacity, can be re-distributed so that the system performance is improved.
  • Identify the bottleneck machine and the bottleneck buffer, that is, the machine and buffer that impede the system performance in the strongest manner.
  • Determine lean buffer capacity, that is, the optimal buffer capacity distribution that ensures the desired throughput.
  • Plan and schedule a given set of production tasks (jobs) under a given set of precedence and resource constraints, and according to common objectives such as minimizing the makespan.
  • Model and solve staffing problems with heuristic procedures.


The course covers the following topics: Basic probability theory; Mathematical Modeling of Production Systems; Analysis of Bernoulli Lines; Continuous Improvement of Bernoulli Lines; Design of Lean Bernoulli Lines;  Machine Scheduling and Job Shop Scheduling;  Scheduling of Flexible Assembly Systems; Workforce Scheduling.


The course is organized partly as a traditional lectures and exercises course. In addition, a number of peer-reviewed hand-in assignments of project type, theoretical and/or practical.


The course covers chapters 1-6 in Production Systems Engineering by Jingshan Li and Semyon Meerkov, and chapters 5, 6 and 12 in Planning and Scheduling in Manufacturing and Services (2nd ed.) by Michael L. Pinedo. Both books are available as e-books from Chalmers library. Additionally, scientific papers, lecture notes and presentations will comprise the course material.


The course is examined in two ways: a written, and approved hand-ins.

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