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ME30042: Computer integrated manufacturing

[Page last updated: 20 April 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Period:
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 30%, EX 70%
Supplementary Assessment:
ME30042 Re-Assessment Examination (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To develop an understanding of manufacturing process planning.
To develop expertise in the design of computer integrated manufacturing systems.
To develop expertise in CNC programming and CAM.
To gain understanding of automation and process control.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit the student will be able to:
* Plan operations for product manufacture.
* Produce NC part programs for lathes and milling machines.
* Choose appropriate integrated CAD/CAM software for a given production scenario.
* Use a CAM system to generate CNC manufacturing instructions for a prismatic part.
* Use a CAM system to generate CNC manufacturing instructions for a cylindrical part.
* Use a CAM system to generate CNC manufacturing instructions for sculptured surfaces.
* Design suitable work holding arrangements.
* Explain the link between productivity and process planning.

Skills:
Problem solving; numeracy: IT; working independently; written communication.

Content:
Syllabus: Process planning and time estimating. Assembly planning. Planning to meet tolerance requirements. The design and choice of jigs, fixtures, tooling and gauges. Historical aspects of NC. Types of NC system. Machine tool controllers.
Machine level programming. APT part programming. Computer aided part programming. Integrated CAD/CAM systems. Practical usage of a CAM system (e.g. Siemens NX Manufacturing) for planning, processing and manufacturing machined metal components. System design and evaluation, methodology and gauging systems. Case study on NC machining and its applications. Case study on process planning and material handling. Topics for self study that may be examined.

Programme availability:
NB. Postgraduate programme information will be added when the postgraduate catalogues are published in August 2021

ME30042 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AFB38 : BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management (Year 3)
  • UEME-AKB38 : BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEME-AFM38 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management (Year 3)
  • UEME-AKM38 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management with Year long work placement (Year 4)

ME30042 is Optional on the following programmes:

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)

Notes:

  • This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2021/22 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2022/23 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2021/22.
  • Programmes and units are subject to change in accordance with normal University procedures.
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