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ME40046: Modelling and analysis of manufacturing systems

[Page last updated: 27 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To develop an understanding of the use and benefits of modelling and simulation in manufacturing systems design and operation.
To develop an understanding of techniques to assess factory performance and identify areas for improvement.
To develop an understanding of techniques to assess and manufacturing performance.
To develop an understanding of techniques to enable responsive manufacturing systems.
To provide the students with knowledge of a set of tools to enable them to assess the performance of a manufacturing facility.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit the student will be able to:
* Model and simulate the operation of a small manufacturing system.
* Use simulation as a manufacturing system design technique.
* Justify the use of manufacturing modelling and simulation.
* Use techniques such as value stream mapping and IDEF to identify improvements required in a manufacturing system.
* Apply techniques such as design for changeover to improve manufacturing system performance.
* Explainhow to use techniques such as experimental design to assess process capability within a manufacturing system.
* Describe current trends in global manufacturing.

Skills:
Problem solving; IT; working independently and in groups; data analysis and interpretation and written communication.

Content:
Syllabus: Modelling and Simulation: Definitions. Types of models. Modelling methodologies. Validation and Verification. Justification, benefits and uses of simulation. Modelling Manufacturing Systems: Discrete event and continuous approaches to simulation. Discrete event computer languages. Visually interactive simulation. Use of mathematical and statistical models, distributions and random numbers, queuing models and inventory systems. Modelling breakdowns, conveyors, workflow and tool flow. Utilisation statistics. Model verification and validation. Simulation of manufacturing systems. Information Models: Information flows within manufacture. Levels of detail. Structured approaches to modelling and evaluating manufacturing systems/processes such as IDEF models, experimental design, DfX and VSM. Global Manufacturing.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ME40046 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AFM38 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM38 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management with Year long work placement (Year 5)

ME40046 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
  • UEXX-AFM02 : MEng(Hons) Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEXX-AKM02 : MEng(Hons) Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AFM04 : MEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM04 : MEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEME-AFM16 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM16 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEME-AFM47 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical with Automotive Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM47 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical with Automotive Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)

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