Qualification: 
Ph.D, M.E, BE
p_raghuram@cb.amrita.edu
Phone: 
0422-2685000

Dr. Raghuram P. currently serves as Assistant Professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Coimbatore Campus. His areas of research include Responsive Supply Chain Management, Lean Manufacturing, Agile Manufacturing and Tool Design.
 

Education

  • Research Scholar, 2009-Present, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India.
  • M.E., 2003-06, Department of Production Engineering, P.S.G. Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India
  • B.E., 1989-93, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India.
     

Experience

  • Assistant Professor-Selection Grade, Department of Mechanical Engineering,Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham May 1997 – Present.
  • Assistant Manager - Operations M/s Multi-Facet Consultants Pvt. Ltd Chennai, TN    Jun. 1995 – Apr 1997
  • Design Engineer Macon Engineers Chennai, TN May 1993 – May 1995
     

Areas of Research Interest

  •  Supply Chain Management: Responsiveness in Supply Chain Management.
  •  Lean and Agile Manufacturing: Implementation of Lean in SMEs; Leagile Manufacturing.
  •  Exergy Management: Human Potential Studies; Manufacturing Systems.
     

Publications

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Conference Publication Type Title

2016

Journal Article

P. Raghuram and Dr. Saleeshya P.G., “Assessing the responsiveness of supply chain -structural equation modelling based approach”, International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, vol. 25, pp. 558-579, 2016.[Abstract]


Companies worldwide have now realised that 'customer focus' is what wins the game. As demands of the customer become more and more volatile and unpredictable, they have to stay ahead of their competitors in fulfilling the needs of the customer. The supply chain as a 'unit' has to compete against other supply chains for reaching out and delighting the customer. Responding fast to the changing customer needs has been an intangible factor underlying a successful business. Thus, responsiveness of the supply chain has become the differentiator between the competing supply chains. In this paper, the end-to-end supply chain factors influencing responsiveness are identified from extant literature and a model of responsiveness of the supply chain has been developed by conducting a survey of 204 pump manufacturers. The developed model has been validated through confirmatory factor analysis using structural equation modelling. These findings can help to identify the areas of improvement for the supply chain and may lead to a focused improvement in these areas thus improving responsiveness and profitability. More »»

2015

Journal Article

P. Raghuram, Hemanath, S., Hiran, S. H., Vignesh, M., and Ranjith, S., “Remaining life assessment of boiler components”, International Journal of Applied Engineering Research, vol. 10, pp. 23755-23768, 2015.[Abstract]


Super heater and re-heater coil failures occur very often and thus the boiler have to be shut down affecting power generation. Pre-assessment of the component helps to plan procurement and replacement activities in advance and also improves the reliability and availability of the plant by reducing unplanned forced outages. This paper analyses the cause for such failures, the details of pattern of failure, material specification, operating parameters and the mechanisms involved for the degradation. It looks at using the degradation in mechanical properties and the microstructure of the component as the guiding tools for predicting the health and the remaining life of the component. This paper paves way to assess the condition of any component of any industry. In this paper two different samples at different exposure limits have been considered and analyzed extensively. © Research India Publications.

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2015

Journal Article

S. Sarath, Raghuram, P., and Venkateswaran, R., “Optimization and scheduling of HAZCHEM logistics with time windows”, International Journal of Applied Engineering Research, vol. 10, pp. 34270-34276, 2015.[Abstract]


This research addresses the optimization of Total Logistics Cost (TLC) and time incurred in logistics activity of the transportation of a liquid Hazardous Chemical (HAZCHEM) through road. The logistics of HAZCHEM is receiving considerable attention because of the increase in demand for various industries and the means of transport is also an important factor. In this paper, the total logistics activity for an industrial system is taken by considering the unloading of the chemical from the ship to the storage tank and the transportation from the storage tank to two different manufacturing plants through roadways. The problems faced are low rate of transportation of raw material and high cost of storage and transportation which affects the production rate and hence profit. The decision variables examined are the number and location of manufacturing plants in the logistics system, the flow of materials from storage to manufacturing plants, the quantity to be transported from storage terminal to plants, loading and unloading of raw materials, storage of raw materials, scheduling of trucks, transportation costs and maximizing fill rate. We are proposing a multi objective optimization model, considering all the constraints. The developed model is a MILP function. The model is solved using Lindo which uses simplex algorithm and Solver in Excel using Evolutionary GA to compare the optimality. The result indicates that the developed model produces considerable reduction in the total system wide logistics cost. We are considering the case of a chemical manufacturing plant which uses liquid HAZCHEM as a basic raw material. © Research India Publications.

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2015

Journal Article

P. Raghuram, Balaji, K., S, K., R, H. Haran, P, S. Sankar, and P, V., “Optimization of Machining Parameters In Turning Process Using Exergy Analysis”, International Journal of Applied Engineering Research, vol. 10, pp. 29907-29916., 2015.

2015

Journal Article

S. .K and Raghuram, P., “Criticality Analysis and Inventory Cost Reduction for High-Value, High Volume Spares”, International Journal of Applied Engineering Research, vol. 10, pp. 30071-30082, 2015.

2012

Journal Article

Dr. Saleeshya P.G., Raghuram, P., and Vamsi, N., “Lean manufacturing practices in textile industries–a case study”, International Journal of Collaborative Enterprise, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 18–37, 2012.[Abstract]


Lean manufacturing is a philosophy of eliminating waste through continuous improvement. This paper is an outcome of a case study conducted in a textile industry in south India. Though the concept of lean manufacturing has shown good results in continuous process industry, it has not been extensively used as compared to discrete manufacturing industries. Process industries, especially textile industries, have automatic machinery which are highly inflexible and have high volume/low variety products. This nature of the textile industry makes implementing lean manufacturing techniques a challenge; hence implementing lean techniques in a textile industry has been taken up as a challenge. We have chosen a combination of value stream mapping (VSM), 5S, kanban, kaizen, poka-yoke, and visual controls to improve the processes. The achievement potential scores before and after lean implementation has been highlighted using radar diagrams. The findings of this study reveal that a thorough analysis of the process, setup, and changeover time (CO), use of colour coding for identification of volume-mix, use of kaizen and quality circles which empower the workforce, are some of the various keys to a successful lean implementation in a textile industry.

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2012

Journal Article

P. G. Saleeshya, Thampi, K. Suresh, and Raghuram, P., “A combined AHP and ISM-based model to assess the agility of supply chain–a case study”, International Journal of Integrated Supply Management, vol. 7, pp. 167–191, 2012.[Abstract]


An agile supply chain corresponds to the quick responsiveness of an organisation to ever changing market demands without compromising on cost and quality of the product. The textile industry is one such industry having a volatile market demand. This paper is an outcome of a case study conducted in a leading spinning industry in South India. Various enablers and determinants of agility were identified through literature review, field study and industry study. Based on the findings of these studies a multi-level model was developed and the suitability of this model to improve the agility of supply chain was tested. For this, two methodologies – analytical hierarchy process (AHP) and interpretive structural modelling (ISM) were identified as suitable tools. The analysis of the results of AHP and ISM methodologies provide the industry an insight on how the supply chain can be made more agile. Further, the model provides the top management a clear vision of the practices to be implemented and the improvement methods to be adopted by the company for an effective management of supply chains in spinning industries.

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2006

Journal Article

P. Raghuram and .Gokulachandran, J., “Optimum Scheduling/Cost Control Using Network Analysis”, Journal of Industrial Engineering, vol. XXXV , pp. 11-18., 2006.

Publication Type: Conference Proceedings

Year of Conference Publication Type Title

2012

Conference Proceedings

Dr. Saleeshya P.G. and Raghuram, P., “Modeling a responsive supply chain through exploratory factor analysis”, 12 th International consortium of students in management (COSMAR). Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, p. 64, 2012.

2006

Conference Proceedings

P. Raghuram, “Electrochemical Micromachining”, Proceedings of International Conference on Global Manufacturing and Innovation (GMI 2006). Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, 2006.

2005

Conference Proceedings

P. Raghuram, “Ultrasonics in the construction of mobility aid for the blind”, Proceedings of International Conference on Emerging technologies in Intelligent System and Control. Kumaraguru College of Technology, 2005.

2005

Conference Proceedings

P. Raghuram, “Remaining Life Assessment of High Pressure Parts and Pipework”, Proceedings of National Conference on Manufacturing Technology and Management for Global Marketing - CMTM . Crescent Engineering College, Chennai, 2005.

2005

Conference Proceedings

P. Raghuram, “Advanced Driver Assistance using Micro-System Technologies”, Proceedings of National Conference AMTEG. Pune Institute of Technology, Pune, 2005.

2005

Conference Proceedings

P. Raghuram, “Real Time Challenges In Implementing ERP Solutions”, Proceedings of National Conference AMTEG. Pune Institute of Technology, Pune, 2005.

2005

Conference Proceedings

P. Raghuram, “Reliability Prediction of Fuel Sendor”, Proceedings of National Conference on Manufacturing Technology and Management for Global Marketing. Crescent Engineering College, Chennai, 2005.

2004

Conference Proceedings

P. Raghuram, “SRM in Industries - A Pragmatic Approach”, Proceedings of National Conference on Challenges in Achieving Global Quality CAGQ-2004. pp. 485-489, 2004.

2004

Conference Proceedings

P. Raghuram, “Robotic Technology for a Mobility Aid for the Visually Impaired”, Proceedings of National Conference on State of the Art of Technologies in Mechanical Engineering. JNTU, Hyderabad, pp. 250-256, 2004.

2004

Conference Proceedings

P. Raghuram, “Six-Sigma Tools for Supply Chain Inventory Control”, Proceedings of the All India Conference / Seminar on Advances in Mechanical Engineering. Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, pp. pp C23-C25, 2004.

2004

Conference Proceedings

P. Raghuram, “PV- LED Lighting System for Rural India - A World of Expanding Opportunities”, National Conference on State of the Art of Technologies in Mechanical Engineering. pp. E17-E19, 2004.

2004

Conference Proceedings

P. Raghuram, “An Agile Prototype for the Indian Small Scale Industry”, Proceedings of National Conference on Emerging Trends in Mechanical Engineering. Padre Conceicao College of Engineering, Goa, pp. 129-133, 2004.

2004

Conference Proceedings

P. Raghuram, “CRM An Integral Element in Supply Chain Management”, Proceedings of National Conference - PINNACLE. Government Engineering College, Thrissur, October 2004, 2004.

Other Academic/Non-Academic Activities

Offices held:

  • 2013-Present: Aakash Coordinator, facilitated by IIT-Bombay under the National Mission on Education through ICT (MHRD, Govt. of India).
  • 1997-Present: CIR Department Coordinator, Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.
  • 1997-2002: Staff-in-Charge, Association of Mechanical Engineers (AcME), Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.
  • 2002-2006: Admissions Coordinator, School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.
     

Membership in Professional Bodies

Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), Active Member

Student Guidance

Masters’ Students

  1. “Bi-objective Optimization of logistics cost in Hazardous Material Transport”, Sarath Kumar, Thesis in fulfillment of Master of Engineering degree from the School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, 2015.    (Done @ FACT, Cochin)
  2. “Optimization of Inventory Cost for High-Value, High Volume Spares”, Sonu Jalam, Thesis in fulfillment of Master of Engineering degree from the School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, 2015.    (Done @ FACT, Cochin)
  3. “Design of a Model for Operational Flexibility of a Manufacturing System”, Mahesh.P.G., Thesis in fulfillment of Master of Engineering degree from the School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham , 2014.
  4. “Design and Implementation of Kanban System and Discrete Time Markov Chain Modeling of a Horn Manufacturing Process”, Prasanna Kumar, Thesis in fulfillment of Master of Engineering degree from the School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, 2014. (Done @ M/s Roots Industries India Limited, Coimbatore)
     

Bachelors’ Students

  • 2015-16 – An empirical analysis of Supply Chain Risk Management in the Textile/Pump Supply Chain (Textile/Pump Industries, Coimbatore and Tirupur area)
  • 2015-16 – Development of a Model for Inventory Optimization using System Dynamics (M/s Delphi Connection Systems India Ltd., Thrissur)
  • 2015-16– Reduction of throughput time and Inventory using lean manufacturing techniques (M/s Indoshell Casting, Coimbatore)
  • 2015-16 – Streamlining of a production and Assembly line of Booster Pump (M/s Mahendra Pumps, Coimbatore)
  • 2014-15 – Quality-Value Stream Mapping in an Automobile Engine Assembly line (M/s Royal Enfield, Coimbatore)
  • 2014-15 – Design and Development of a High-Speed High-Precision Pick and Place Unit (M/s Titan Industries, Hosur)
  • 2014-15 – Design and Implementation of a Cellular Manufacturing System (CMS) (M/s Aquasub Industries Private Limited, Coimbatore)
  • 2014-15 – Development of an integrated Decision Support System for Supplier Selection using Qualitative and Quantitative Criteria. (M/s Penta Automotives, Coimbatore)
  • 2014-15 – Assembly line Balancing and Workstation Design for a Pump  Manufacturing (M/s Mahendra Pumps, Coimbatore)
  • 2014-15 – Optimization of Machining Parameters using Exergy Analysis (In-house experimentation @ Lathe Shop, Dept of Mech. Engg.)
  • 2013-14 – Design of Special Purpose Machine for Fettling Process (M/s Everon Castings, Coimbatore)
  • 2013-14 – Process Improvement of Slim-3 Vertical Machining Centre Assembly Line (M/s Makino Industries Private Limited, Bangalore)
  • 2013-14 – Improving the machine utilization of Semi-automatic power presses in a horn manufacturing industry (M/s Roots Industries India Limited, Coimbatore)
  • 2012-13 – Mistake Proofing of Manual Interventions in CNC Machines and CAM Programming (Precision Machining Centre, M/s Larson & Toubro, Coimbatore)
  • 2012-13 – MILP based Optimization Model for Scheduling in Pharmaceutical Industry (Orchid Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Chennai;Strides Arcolab Limited, Bangalore)
  • 2012-13 – Customization of Assembly line and Fixture design in Pro/Engineer (M/s WABCO India Limited, Chennai)
  • 2011-12  – Lean Management in Quality Control Department (M/s Best and Crompton Pumps, Chennai).
  • 2011-12 – Theoretical Framework for Streamlining the Textile Supply Chain through Structural Equation Modeling (Textile Industries in and around Tirupur and Coimbatore)
  • 2011-12 – Implementation of Lean Techniques in a Control Valve Manufacturing Company (M/s CIRCOR Flow Technologies, Coimbatore)
  • 2011-12 – Process Analysis for Project-based and Continuous Manufacturing Industry (Aerospace Division, M/s Larson & Toubro, Coimbatore)
  • 2010-11 – Design and fabrication of Electrochemical machine (In-house @ Special Machines Lab, Dept of Mech. Engg.)
  • 2009-10 – Quality-Value Stream Mapping for Small Angle Grinders (M/s Bosch, Hosur)
  • 2009-10 – Implementation of Lean Six Sigma (M/s Aquasub Industries Private Limited, Coimbatore) (M/s Deccan Pumps, Coimbatore)
  • 2009-10 – Design of Electrochemical machine (In-house @ Special Machines Lab, Dept of Mech. Engg.)
  • 2009-10 – Value Engineering Study on a Wind Mill Cable Clamp (M/s Sri Murugan Industry, Erode)
  • 2008-09 – Design of Fixtures for ACB assembly problems (M/s Larson & Toubro, Powai, Mumbai)
  • 2008-09 – Comparative Study & Analysis of two different silver coating thickness over components (M/s Larson & Toubro, Powai, Mumbai)
  • 2008-09 – Quality Implementation with SAP and  Upgradation of Packaging Machine (M/s Larson & Toubro, Powai, Mumbai)
  • 2008-09 – Rework  Analysis  in d sine MCCB - DN4 (M/s Larson & Toubro, Powai, Mumbai)
  • 2008-09 – Dynamic and Stress Analysis of Switch Disconnector Fuse (M/s Larson & Toubro, Powai, Mumbai)
  • 2008-09 – Design and Analysis of  NC-based PCB drilling machine (M/s Amrita Technologies, Coimbatore)
  • 2007-08 – Design and Fabrication of Portable Electrical Discharge Machine (M/s Craftsman, Coimbatore)
  • 2007-08 – Design of a Hydraulic Fixture for the Tack Welding of the Boom for PC200-8 Model of Excavators (M/s Larsen and Toubro – Komatsu, Bangalore)
  • 2006-07 – Design and Analysis of  NC-based PCB drilling machine (M/s Amrita Technologies, Coimbatore) 2005-06 .
  • 2005-06 –  Automation of an Electroplating Plant (M/s Murugadas Electroplating Works, Coimbatore).
  • 2004-05 – Design and Fabrication of a Tele-operated Mobile Robot for Landmine Detection and Toxic Gas Sensing (In-house) – Awarded the Innovative Engineers Award with a medallion and a cash prize of Rs.10000 each by INAE, New Delhi.
  • 2004-05 – Remaining Life Assessment (RLA) of Boiler Components(NeyveliLignite Corporation, Neyveli)
  • 2004-05 – Design and Fabrication of a Mobility Aid for the Visually Impaired (In-house)
  • 2003-04 – Fuel Flow Measurement System (M/s Pricol, Coimbatore)– Sent to INAE, New Delhi for Innovative Engineers Award.
  • 2003-04 – Ultrasonic Scale Removal (In-house) 
  • 2002-03 – Design and Fabrication of Curing Unit for a Semi-Automated Painting Cell (M/s Janatics India Ltd., Coimbatore)
  • 2001-02 - Design of Linear Slide for IR 52C (CAM Lab, Amrita)
  • 1997-98 - Improving the Performance of 2-Stroke Spark Ignition IC Engine
     

Other Inititatives & Responsibilities @ Amrita

Institution Level

  • Part of the core team for conducting the International CEO Summit organized in Sep 2004.
     

School / Department Level

  • Admissions (2002 – 2006)
    1. Designed the School’s admission brochure for all four years.
    2. Coordinated Counseling of students for admission into the Institution
    3. Designed and readied the flex prints for exhibitions and counseling.
    4. Coordinated faculty and staff for the exhibitions and counseling.
  • Modified the college website content and design for the launch of the site on Institution Day 2007.
  • Coordinated all departments towards accreditation. Prepared the presentations for the department for Accreditation and Deemed University status.
  • Coordinator – ‘Special Interest Group’ formed with seven engineering colleges.
  • Was in-charge of purchase and maintenance of projection equipment.
     

Classroom

  • Introduced a computerized learning environment with presentations and videos.
  • Extensive use of Internet and e-library to impart up-to-date information.
  • Handling classes & labs to create intensive interest in the students by giving innovative and industry-relevant projects assigned individually.
  • Prepared presentations for most of the subjects taught – Unconventional Machining Processes, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Engineering Management and several other technical and general topics.
     

Placement Training

  • Department Placement Coordinator – to coordinate activities with the Department of Corporate and International Relations (CIR).
  • Guiding/Counseling students in career building and personality development.
  • Have conducted numerous aptitude tests, group discussions and mock interviews.
  • Have conducted two workshops for arts and polytechnic students on personality development.

 

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