Mar 27, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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IE 336 - Contemporary Manufacturing Systems

2 lecture hours 2 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
Contemporary manufacturing is viewed as an integrated system designed for maximum flexibility and rapid responsiveness. This course presents topics related to the design and analysis of manufacturing systems, including system improvement initiatives such as Lean and Quick Response Manufacturing. Laboratory exercises are included to enable students to practice techniques and analyze how various changes impact overall manufacturing system effectiveness. (prereq: junior standing)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe historic and contemporary perspectives of manufacturing systems.
  • Compare and contrast manufacturing systems.
  • Compare and contrast contemporary manufacturing system improvement philosophies.
  • Identify and analyze important issues and decisions related to contemporary manufacturing systems.
  • Form alternative potential improvements to contemporary manufacturing systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary manufacturing systems either by redesigning a system or preparing a case study.
  • Examine the long-term costs and consequences associated with proposed changes to manufacturing systems, including considerations of sustainability.
  • Demonstrate written and graphical communication skills.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Manufacturing strategy and history (1 week)
  • Flexibility and automation (0.5 weeks)
  • Agile and virtual manufacturing (0.5 weeks)
  • Lean manufacturing and value stream mapping (1.5 weeks)
  • Quick response manufacturing (1 week)
  • Concurrent engineering and design for assembly (1 week)
  • Mass customization (1 week)
  • Global and environmental issues (1.5 weeks)
  • Project work and exams (1.5 weeks)

Laboratory Topics
  • A weekly 2-hour lab is used for physical and computer simulations, demonstrations, and exercises that reinforce the course topics.

Charlene Yauch

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