Pradip Kumar Ray

Pradip Kumar Ray

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India

Title: Total performance assurance for sustainable manufacturing: Opportunities and challenges


Pradip Kumar Ray is presently a Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), India. He served as the Head of the Department from 2006-2009. He received his PhD and MTech degrees from IIT Kharagpur and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Calcutta University, India. He has about more than thirty three years of diversified experience; eight years as Senior Industrial Engineer/Manager at General Electric Company of India in Calcutta and more than twenty five years of teaching and research experience at IIT, Kharagpur. He has also served as Associate Professor at Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus and as Visiting Faculty at University of South Pacific, Fiji Islands and trained in Japan on Production Management/JIT-based Manufacturing. He has published one text book titled ‘Product and Process Design for Quality Economy and Reliability’, four book chapters and around 130 papers in international and national journals of repute and conferences. Currently, he is acting as an investigator in UKIERI-sponsored project on ‘Climate Change Issues and Environmental Performance of SMEs in India and UK in collaboration with, Aston University, UK and as the principal investigator in OFB-sponsored project on 130-mm shell process study including its ballistic behavior.


In the fast-changing technology-intensive, innovation-centered and human-focused international scenario, organizations in any sector of a national economy need to improve their performance continually emphasizing on all its critical dimensions and issues in respect of business goals, quality of work life and environmental and social sustainability concurrently. An organization’s knowledge, expertise and effort are required to be directed to plan, assess and control its performance in totality. Robustness of organizational systems, assurance of total performance and sustainable development within the societal framework are three main aspects to be considered at both strategic and operational levels of any organization for development of world-class benchmarked products, processes and work environment. Briefing the current status and practices in some leading countries in respect of relevant issues and factors in this context, details of a total performance assurance system with its implementation potential in organizations are presented in this presentation. Discussing the kinds of problems to be dealt with in establishing sustainable manufacturing processes and systems and the managerial roles and responsibilities in designing such an assurance system with information and technology system support as required in the current scenario, the presentation highlights the research issues and specific challenges to be addressed for assurance of benchmarked performance of any organizations.