Summer Short Course on Tribology @ MIT

Please see the link below for the program announcement for a short summer course at MIT on TRIBOLOGY. I teach sections of this course together with my distinguished team of colleagues and friends

MIT Summer course


Transformational Skills for Advanced Manufacturing

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One day Seminar on 

Transformational Skills for Advanced Manufacturing

Dr. K. (Subbu) Subramanian

President, STIMS Institute

Lexington, Massachusetts, USA.


IIT – Chennai, India

February 24, 2012.

All manufacturing companies across the globe face two parallel needs:

  • Create and implement “New Solutions” for step change or large scale improvements
  • Execute tasks (with minimum demand for technical/professional skills) to replicate known manufacturing processes and solutions for incremental or continuous improvement in cost, quality and service.

The rapid growth of manufacturing sector in India has substantially benefitted from manufacturing process solutions already available from across the globe and replicating them.  But, there is an increasingly growing need to develop Advanced Manufacturing solutions whose implementation in shop floor will create a large scale impact. This is very essential for long term vitality and competitiveness of these companies and to many of their suppliers such as Machine Tool manufacturers, Tooling suppliers, and component fabricators, etc.

Skills required for advancements in manufacturing solutions are always a hybrid between Academic Knowledge and Industrial Know-how. They also require active collaboration across many industries and suppliers. Investments required for new manufacturing process solutions are always high and hence seen more risky. Above all, they require people who can identify new opportunities and Transform them into solutions of commercial impact. These Transformational Skills for Advanced Manufacturing will require formal education for manufacturing professionals with sound academic background and proven track record of success in their current industrial profession.

This  seminar addresses the following questions to benefit those engaged either directly or indirectly in manufacturing of products.

Ö    What are the emerging needs for competitiveness of Manufacturing Companies and Industries in the global market place?

Ö   Need for “New solutions” that create a step change Vs. Current practices of lean and Six Sigma?

Ö   Transformational Skills necessary to identify, create and implement advanced manufacturing solutions.

Ö   Education and Training programs required for Transformational Skills for Advanced Manufacturing?

This meet will provide an opportunity to share the views of practicing engineers/managers with the speaker who has been engaged in addressing the issues with his vast experience in the manufacturing field. The participants are encouraged to bring a set of identified needs that are relevant to their company. This seminar specifically looks at the needs of professionals and their requirements pertaining to education and skill development for grooming them into successful and high potential employees. There will be an opportunity to discuss these needs in a group setting as well as one-on-one with the speaker and other faculty members during this seminar.

Interview of Dr. Subramanian published in the Efficient Manufacturing Magazine

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A system approach to manufacturing

You will find here excerpts from an interview with
Dr. K. (Subbu) Subramanian, President, STIMS Institute Inc.

• What should be the ideal strategies to survive, succeed and achieve competitive excellence in today’s volatile global economy?

• What is the “Systems Thinking of the Manufacturing Processes”?

• Tell us more about your program with IMTMA to train manufacturing professionals at all levels?

• Can you brief us on your proposed manufacturing eco-system – an approach that can create synergy from all sectors, much needed for a sustainable growth in the manufacturing industry?

• How to set up a suitable supply chain eco-system and acquire capabilities for machine tool components so as to make the overall production more dynamic and growth oriented?

• What should be the role of a CEO in strategy and planning towards operational excellence?

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System Approach for Precision Components Manufacturing – Interview

This summer (2012), I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Krishnan, Vice President of the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers Accociation (IMTMA). We had a great conversation sparked by the current innovation pathway needs in the manufacturing industry. We discussed in detail how the System Approach could be the next wave in manufacturing, after Lean and 6-sigma approaches.

Below is a brief video of our talk.

– Dr. Subramanian

Education for “sustainable jobs and careers” – Why? What? How?

Over the past three decades, I have seen more individuals rise up to the top who are not the smartest (academically advanced in their education), or with extremely high industry/sector specific knowledge. Instead, I see those rise to the top, who have an uncanny ability to identify an “opportunity”, frame it as a problem in a broader context (as a system) and arrive at their solution using resources readily accessible near by or at far corners of the globe. They are also able to implement such solutions of benefit for those who have the capacity and influence to reward such solutions.

Those who are successful in any field today are all “IBMers” in our thoughts and action. This is what makes us connect and configure quickly and effectively on the problems we face in our jobs and careers. It is a passion to find a way to connect, define the “problem” and address it effectively, to make the world a “better place”!

Read more about transformational skills for the 21st century here.

The system Approach to precision manufacturing – Grinding Processes

Need to go beyond Lean and Continuous Improvements?

Do you need step change in cost, quality and productivity?

Earlier this year, Dr. Subramanian led a workshop on the System Approach for associates of the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA). Students participated in hands-on, laboratory style experiments, where they collected and analyzed data during grinding processes.

Key learnings from the workshop included:

  • Looking at the manufacturing process “as a whole” as a system
  • Achieving large scale improvements through the application of Science, Engineering and Management principles together (and not as isolated pockets)
  • Learning about the “Microscopic interactions” (i.e) what really happens when the sparks are produced?

More information about the workshop here: Training Program on Grinding.