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

  • Ph.D. (Modeling and Assessment of Supply Chain Responsiveness), Department of Mechanical Engineering,Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore, India.
  • M.E., 2003-06, Department of Production Engineering,P.S.G. Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, India.
  • B.E., 1989-93, Department of Mechanical Engineering,Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, India.

Professional Experience

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

Teaching/Research Interests

Teaching

  • Supply Chain Management, Enterprise Management, Lean Manufacturing, ManufacturingProcesses / Technology (Basic & Advanced), Tool design.

Research

  • Supply Chain Management : Responsiveness in Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Risk Management.
  • Lean Manufacturing : Implementation of Lean in Manufacturing MSMEs.
  • Exergy Management : Human Potential Studies; Manufacturing Systems.

Publications

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication Title

2016

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.

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2015

Sonujalam .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.

2015

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

2015

S. Sarath, Raghuram, P., and Venkateswaran, R., “Optimization and scheduling of HAZCHEM logistics with time windows : A case study”, 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

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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2012

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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2012

Dr. Saleeshya P.G., Raghuram, P., and N Vamsi, “Lean manufacturing practices in textile industries–a case study”, International Journal of Collaborative Enterprise (IJCol. Ent), 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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2006

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 Publication Title

2012

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

2006

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

2005

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

2005

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

2005

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

2005

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

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.

2004

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

2004

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

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

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

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

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

Total number of Publications : 21
Citations : 28

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

  1. Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), Active Member

Student Guidance

  1. 2017-18 - Warehouse optimization using dynamic demand data analytics (Abhijeet Singh)
  2. 2016-17 - Agent based modeling in Capacitated Lot Sizing problem with sequence dependent setup time, (Sabiq MS), in collaboration with University of Porto, Portugal – Erasmus + program.
  3. 2016-17- Identification of Bottlenecks using a hybrid data-driven discrete event simulation, (Sabiq MS).
  4. 2014-15 - Bi-objective Optimization of logistics cost in Hazardous Material Transport, (Sarath Kumar), Done @ FACT, Cochin.
  5. 2014-15 - Optimization of Inventory Cost for High-Value, High Volume Spares, (SonuJalam), Done @ FACT, Cochin.
  6. 2013-14 - Design of a Model for Operational Flexibility of a Manufacturing System, (Mahesh.P.G.)
  7. 2013-14 - Design and Implementation of Kanban System and Discrete Time Markov Chain Modeling of a Horn Manufacturing Process, (Prasanna Kumar), Done @ Roots Industries India Limited, Coimbatore.
S.NO. ACADEMIC YEAR TITLE DONE AT
1 2017-18 Development ofSupply Chain Risk Mitigation Index using a Maturity Framework  
2 2016-17 Inventory Analytics - Bibliometric Review and Bayesian Networks Approach to Inventory Control  
3 Pareto optimization of supply chain reliability using Fuzzy DEA  
4 Productivity improvement through VSM and Defect reduction for an automotive component LG Balakrishnan & Bros. (P) Ltd., Coimbatore
5 2015-16 An empirical analysis of Supply Chain Risk management in the Textile/Pump Supply Chain Textile/Pump Industries, Coimbatore and Tirupur area
6 Development of a Model for Inventory Optimization using System Dynamics Delphi Connection Systems India Ltd., Thrissur
7 Quality Filter Mapping in a Shell Moulding Foundry Indoshell Casting, Coimbatore
8 Streamlining of a production and Assembly line of Booster Pump Mahendra Pumps, Coimbatore
9 2014-15 Quality-Value Stream Mapping in an Automobile Engine Assembly line Royal Enfield, Coimbatore
10 Design and Development of a High-Speed High-Precision Pick and Place Unit Titan Industries, Hosur
11 Design and Implementation of a Cellular Manufacturing System (CMS) Aquasub Industries Private Limited, Coimbatore
12 Development of an integrated Decision Support System for Supplier Selection using Qualitative and Quantitative Criteria. Penta Automotives, Coimbatore
13 Assembly line Balancing and Workstation Design for a Pump  Manufacturing Industry Mahendra Pumps, Coimbatore
14 Optimization of Machining Parameters using Exergy Analysis In-house experimentation @ Lathe Shop, Dept of Mech. Engg.
15 2013-14 Design of Special Purpose Machine for Fettling Process Everon Castings, Coimbatore
16 Process Improvement of Slim-3 Vertical Machining Centre Assembly Line Makino Industries Private Limited, Bangalore
17 Improving the machine utilization of Semi-automatic power presses in a horn manufacturing industry Roots Industries India Limited, Coimbatore
18 2012-13 Mistake Proofing of Manual Interventions in CNC Machines and CAM Programming   Precision Machining Centre, Larson & Toubro, Coimbatore
19 MILP based Optimization Model for Scheduling in Pharmaceutical Industry     Orchid Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Chennai; Strides Arcolab Limited, Bangalore
20 Customization of Assembly line and Fixture design in Pro/Engineer WABCO India Limited, Chennai
21 2011-12 Lean Management in Quality Control Department Best and Crompton Pumps, Chennai
22 Theoretical Framework for Streamlining the Textile Supply Chain through Structural Equation Modeling Textile Industries in and around Tirupur and Coimbatore
23 Implementation of Lean Techniques in a Control Valve Manufacturing Company CIRCOR Flow Technologies, Coimbatore
24 Process Analysis for Project-based and Continuous Manufacturing Industry Aerospace Division, M/s Larson & Toubro, Coimbatore
25 2010-11 Design and fabrication of Electrochemical machine In-house @ Special Machines Lab, Dept of Mech. Engg.
26 2009-10 Quality Value Stream Mapping for Small Angle Grinders Bosch, Hosur
27 Implementation of Lean Six Sigma Aquasub Industries Private Limited, Coimbatore Deccan Pumps, Coimbatore
28 Design of Electrochemical machine In-house @ Special Machines Lab, Dept of Mech. Engg
29 Value Engineering Study on a Wind Mill Cable Clamp Sri Murugan Industry, Erode
30 2008-09 Design of Fixtures for ACB assembly problems Larson & Toubro, Powai, Mumbai
31 Quality Implementation with SAP and  Upgradation of Packaging Machine Larson & Toubro, Powai, Mumbai
32 Comparative Study & Analysis of two different silver coating thickness over components Larson & Toubro, Powai, Mumbai
33 Rework  Analysis  in d sine MCCB - DN4 Larson & Toubro, Powai, Mumbai
34 Dynamic and Stress Analysis of Switch Disconnector Fuse Larson & Toubro, Powai, Mumbai
35 2007-08 Design and Fabrication of Portable Electrical Discharge Machine Craftsman, Coimbatore
36 Design of a Hydraulic Fixture for the Tack Welding of the Boom for PC200-8 Model of Excavators Larsen and Toubro – Komatsu, Bangalore
37 2006-07 Design and Analysis of  NC-based PCB drilling machine Amrita Technologies, Coimbatore
38 2005-06 Automation of an Electroplating Plant Murugadas Electroplating Works, Coimbatore
39 2004-05 Design and Fabrication of a Tele-operated Mobile Robot for Landmine Detection and Toxic Gas Sensing – Awarded the Innovative Engineers Award with a medallion and a cash prize of Rs.10000 each by INAE, New Delhi. In-house
40 Remaining Life Assessment (RLA) of Boiler Components Neyveli Lignite Corporation, Neyveli
41 Design and Fabrication of a Mobility Aid for the Visually Impaired In-house
42 2003-04 Fuel Flow Measurement System Pricol, Coimbatore
43 2003-04 Ultrasonic Scale Removal In-house
44 2002-03 Design and Fabrication of Curing Unit for a Semi-Automated Painting Cell Janatics India Ltd., Coimbatore
45 2001-02 Design of Linear Slide for IR 52C In-house @ CAM Lab, Amrita
46 1997-98 Improving the Performance of 2-Stroke Spark Ignition IC Engine  

Inititatives & Responsibilities @ Amrita

University Level

  • Part of the core team for conducting the International CEO Summit organized withDr. VenkatRangan, Vice Chancellor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Sep 2004 as part of Amritavarsham 50. Under Amma's leadership, it was attended by more than 100 international and national CEOs and Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam.
  • Aakash Coordinator – An initiative from MHRD through IIT-Bombay.
    • Maintenance and distribution of Aakash tablets
  • Involved in English to Tamil translation project for the machine translation project.

School / Department Level

  • Admissions (2002 – 2006)
    • Designed the School’s admission brochure for all four years.
    • Coordinated Counseling of students for admission into the University
    • Designed and readied the flex prints for exhibitions and counseling.
    • 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.
  • NBA Accreditation (April 2002) - Coordinated all departments towards accreditation. Prepared the presentations for the department for Accreditation and Deemed University status.
  • 1997-2002: Staff-in-Charge, Association of Mechanical Engineers (AcME), Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.
  • Lab-in-charge of Welding lab.
  • 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 – Supply Chain Management, Enterprise Management, Unconventional Machining Processes, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Engineering Management and several other technical and general topics.

Conferences/Workshop Organized

  • Organized a National level One day workshop on Lean Manufacturing on 17 June 2017 with Dr.Eric Blanco, Deputy Director, School of Industrial Engineering, University of Grenoble Alps.
  • COSMA International conference
    • Active Executive committee member
    • Designed the conference website, momentos
    • Coordinated the design and printing of Proceedings
    • Chaired one session
  • COPEN International conference
    • Active Executive committee member
    • Designed the conference website
    • Coordinated the design and printing of Proceedings
    • Chaired two sessions

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.