MOM555 - Manufacturing Operations Management

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Subject Title
Manufacturing Operations Management

Subject Description
Professional option Mechatronics is an industry-focused, multi-skilled program which integrates the mechanical system, electrical/electronics, sensors, diagnostics and information technology in a holistic Mechatronics program. With Mechatronics, all of these disciplines are viewed together as a single entity, and more importantly, considered as a unity already during the design phase of the equipment, machines and industrial systems. In addition to teaching the technical knowledge, program content also stresses troubleshooting and system-based technical thinking via hands-on training.
This cross-section discipline of applied engineering science helps to optimize the interaction between machinery construction and electronic systems and information technology so that the machines to be developed are harmonized as far as all of the important parameters are concerned even before the first, and in this case, the only (!) prototype is built. The unification of the mechanical system, electronics and information technology in a simulation environment is of special significance. This unified simulation helps the mechanical design engineer to identify very early on just how the machine will subsequently behave. Shorter development times, higher quality and enhanced productivity are the advantages which are direct result of the mechatronics approach.
Professional Option Mechatronics Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program student will be able to:

  1. Identify all three subsystems of the complex mechatronic system
  2. Identify and explain the principal operations of the mechatronic subsystems in a complex system ( machine or production line)
  3. Outline how these subsystems work together
  4. Read and interpret the technical documents, reports and outlines specific to the system and subsystems, and be able to consult with experts on the system operation
  5. Localize , identify causes and sources, correct where possible and/or document malfunctions to be passed on to the appropriate experts for resolution, or (where appropriate) exchange or replace defective components
  6. Recognize potential or impending malfunctions and contact expert assistance in order to keep the machine or the production line functioning
  7. Perform routine, preventive maintenance
  8. Work effectively as a team-member and coordinate the activities with upstream and downstream operations
  9. Analyze and implement safety regulations required for operation of the system
This course covers basics manufacturing processes and manufacturing operations management.  
This is a unique course regarding delivery methodology. To support learning students are   ?hired? in three factories which manufacture green, red and blue ball point pens respectively.  Four sessions of hands-on manufacturing process are simulated. Each student is assigned a role: customer, foreman, crib keeper, assembly, testing, repair technician, factory owner. The manufacturing process of assembling pens will support students in learning the course material.
Students will learn basic layout of manufacturing process in order to understand the overall process and sub-processes like assembly, testing, repairs, packing, shipping.   Different roles of staff employees/ participants in manufacturing process will be explained. The role of customer is explained. Sample of manufacturing schedule will be covered.
After each of series of runs of the simulation, a discussion and presentation is made, where students not only present their performance and progress data but also track what they have learned.
Concepts covered by the simulation include measurement and calculations of process definition, total cycle time, production time.

As a part of the manufacturing operations management students will learn about productivity and process improvement, quality, process mapping factory layout and similar.
Special attention is dedicated to the financial side of manufacturing where students learn about the balanced score card, cost analysis and pricing strategies.
All parameters are analyzed having in mind Kaizen based continuous improvement process.
While this course is not a business course by any means, it emphasizes business-related factors that employers express an increased desire for when selecting mechatronics technicians at this level. For this course it is recognized as very important the ability for engineering technology students to have an awareness of what it is like to work with customers, timelines, budgetary restrictions, and in general to include some basic business sense in the spirit of their work.
This course is a professional option course in the EET program, but also the last in a series of six courses which prepare students for the Level 2 certification as a Siemens Certified Mechatronic Systems Associate. The job profile for which the certification prepares students is that of a technician who has a well-rounded understanding of the complex inter-relationships and inter-workings of a mechatronic system.
Course Goals
Upon completion of the course, students should:
  1. Understand concepts presented in the factory simulation, including cycle time, production time, first pass yield, and barrier identification and be able to calculate it.
  2. Understand and make a process map.
  3. Understand how to read a cost breakdown.
  4. Understand the various staff roles in manufacturing.
  5. Understand and apply basic principles of Kaizen.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

At the successful conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Work with mechatronic systems with a process-oriented perspective.
  2. Give meaningful recommendations on how to improve manufacturing and work processes.
  3. Learn about the role of the customer in the larger picture related to manufacturing.
  4. Work as an effective member of a manufacturing team.
  5. Evaluate manufacturing process and tasks in such a way that translates to future increased quality and effectiveness, while lowering product costs.

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