MECH 8643 - Lean Manuf & Prod Operations, 3 Credits

Prerequisite(s): MATH 1123 with D or better and MECH 1641 with D or better and MECH 5643 with D or better

Level: Upper

This course provides an understanding of the fundamentals concepts in automation and manufacturing and expands the concepts of Lean Manufacturing introduced in previous courses. It is an integrated approach to efficient manufacturing with emphasis on synchronized production, takt time, quick changeover, cell design, visual factory, value stream-mapping, one-piece flow, and lean metrics. Topics covered include the elimination of waste or non added value activities or processes, automation strategies, production technology and operations, design and analysis of different types of manufacturing and automated systems such as automated flow lines, manual and automated assembly systems, group technology and cellular manufacturing, flexible manufacturing systems, transfer lines and semi-automated manufacturing systems, material handling and storage. Other topics including control issues in manufacturing systems such as facility scheduling, batch sizing, assembly line balancing and bottleneck management, inspection principles and technology, economic analysis in production, supply chain management, material requirement planning (MRP), Just-In-Time (JIT) delivery are also revisited.