Manufacturing Systems

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Manufacturing Systems

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The aim of the course is to teach students about the current types of discrete parts manufacturing systems. It will help the students acquire the knowledge of principles and types of manufacturing systems and models to appreciate materials handling systems and storage and retrieval systems. The course also enables the students to apply modelling and performance analysis techniques to solve manufacturing systems design and operation problems and to gain knowledge of manufacturing planning systems. The students will use FlexSim software to analyse a given production line and thereby derive suggestions for improving the designs based upon the results.
    1. Introduction to manufacturing systems: classification of manufacturing systems; types of manufacturing systems.
    2. Manufacturing operations: product/production relationship; production concepts and mathematical model; production rate and capacity; availability and utilisation; manufacturing lead times; work in progress.
    3. Assembly Lines and Transfer Lines: problem formulation, approaches to line balancing, single and mixed model assembly line analysis, paced line without buffers, paced Lines with buffers, approximate three stage model.
    4. Group Technology: principles of groups, coding Scheme, assignment of machines to groups, assigning parts to machines, cellular manufacturing systems.
    5. Facility layout planning: determination of work centre areas, establishing relationship charts, graphical representation and evaluations of charts.
    6. Flexible Manufacturing systems (FMS): FMS components, FMS planning and control hierarchy, flexible assembly systems, performance analysis of FMS, assigning parts to FMS.
    7.Materials handling systems: Basic equipment types, principles of material handling, equipment selection, conveyor analysis, AGV operations and systems.
    8. Warehousing - Storage and Retrieval Systems: warehouse components, warehouse design, stacking patterns, location in warehouses, order picking.
    9. Introduction to Manufacturing Planning system: business planning, aggregate production planning, master production scheduling, material requirement planning.
    10. Quality Control: Quality control methods, standards and proc

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