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’s 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)