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PPU160 - Production systems  
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPPEN
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Management, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design Engineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 34120
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: C
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0111 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c   26 Oct 2019 pm M   09 Jan 2020 am SB   28 Aug 2020 pm J

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Johan Stahre

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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

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.

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

After the course, students will be able to:
LO1. Compare important paradigms in the history of production systems.
LO2. Explain the main elements of production systems and how they can be integrated in production systems design.
LO3. Describe at least one structured methodology for production systems development and discuss how such methodology could be applied in organizations and development projects.
LO4. Assess the environmental impact of a production system and discuss the relation between production systems design and sustainability performance.
LO5. Analyze and improve the Level of Automation (LoA) in a production system considering both physical and cognitive aspects.
LO6. Design and develop high performing production flows with regard to capacity, productivity, reliability, and costs.
LO7. Describe several engineering tools for production systems development. Further, to apply line balancing and production sequence planning tools.
LO8. Describe the fundamentals of innovation theory and relate its application to production innovation and development of production systems.


The course covers the following topics:
- History of production systems and production paradigms
- The ongoing digital transformation of modern manufacturing
- Innovation theory and production innovation
- Manufacturing strategy and fundamental elements of production systems
- Systematic methodology for development of production systems.
- Life cycle analysis in production systems
- Level of automation for a production system
- Production flows, line balancing, and sequencing
- Digital (virtual tools) for conceptualization, design and improvement of production systems


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

Examination including compulsory elements

The grading scale is: Failed, 3, 4 and 5

The final grade includes the student's performance on three assessment tasks (all tasks must be approved to pass the course):
- Final exam
- Graded report and seminar from the factory visit
- Graded reports from laboratory exercises.

Published: Mon 28 Nov 2016.