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The Virtual Factory


This module will help you investigate how digital manufacturing concepts and tools can be used to speed up the design process for new facilities. Principal module aims are:

  • To create a vision of the factory of the future and identify how digital manufacturing technologies are at the heart of this.
  • To develop understanding and basic technical familiarity with the various modelling techniques and tools used in developing and testing manufacturing concepts and designs.
  • To develop a candidate‚Äôs ability to critically assess the opportunities for applying virtual factory concepts and tools in industrial applications


Upon successful completion participants will be able to:

  • Justify the use of computer-based modelling technologies for developing plans of manufacturing facilities.
  • Compare and contrast the different modelling techniques used in the design and validation of manufacturing systems.
  • Analyse simulation outputs to validate and/or predict performance.
  • Critically evaluate how models of new and existing technologies can be integrated and managed to solve complex manufacturing system problems.


    • Manufacturing systems and new product introduction.
    • Kinematic models for automation and robotics.
    • Principles of discrete-event simulation – factory modelling.
    • Design and conduct of simulation experiments.
    • Analysis of simulation outputs.
    • Product, process and resource integration (PPR model).
    • Role in supporting Advanced Manufacturing Technology.


    3500 words Post Module Assignment (100% weighting)


    1 week