SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH723624
Module Leader David Harrison
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Mechanical Engineering
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Engineering Operations management

Summary of Content

The aims of this module are to provide an understanding of the strategic and operational planning and control systems necessary for effective decision making in manufacturing; to provide an understanding of FMS and CIM technology, their advantages and disadvantages, and where and how to use them; to provide an understanding of effective maintenance management.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Manufacturing Systems, Strategy and Decision Making: The concept of manufacturing systems, system inputs and outputs, subsystems and subsystem inputs and outputs, design of manufacturing systems; corporate, business and functional strategies; capacity decisions, decision tree, linear programming. Facility Location and Factory Layout: Quantitative and qualitative factors influencing the location decision; job shops, batch processing, continuous flow process, assembly line balancing, plant layout, selection of appropriate layout for particular applications; Group Technology, benefits and applications of group technology on manufacturing operations, coding and classification systems (e.g. Opitz), selection/grouping of machines for manufacturing cells. Flexible Manufacturing Systems: Workstations - turning, milling, inspection, assembly, suitability for unmanned operation. Material handling and storage - conveyors, Automated Guided Vehicles, robots, Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems. Tool management. Computer control - Computer Numerical Control, Direct Numerical Control, schedules, transport control. Computer Integrated Manufacture (CIM): Flow of information around an organisation. Concepts and typical CIM models. Communication protocols and standards, ISO/OSI, Manufacturing Automation Protocol, Technical Office Protocol. Work Study Techniques: Work Measurement and methods analysis, workplace design for manufacturing systems.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:Explain the concept of a manufacturing system and the concepts of business and functional strategies.Determine where to locate a factory and select the appropriate factory layout for particular applications.Explain the requirements of machine tools (including tooling and tool management), work handling systems and computer control systems when incorporated in Flexible Machining Systems and Cells.Understand CIM in overview and its application within a manufacturing environment.Use Work Study methodology to analyse, design and improve manufacturing system efficiency.Analyse operations data and make suitable decisions based upon that analysis.Understand how to make strategic operations decisions.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures, tutorials, videos and software packages.

Indicative Reading

"Automation, Production Systems, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing", 3 rd Edition, M Groover, Pearson, 2013 "Operations Management", 3 rd Edition, A Greasley, Wiley, 2013 "Operations Management", 5 th Edition, J R Meredith and S M Shafer, Wiley, 2013 "Systems for Planning and Control in Manufacturing", D K Harrison & D J Petty, Butterworth Heinemann, 2002.

Transferrable Skills

Systems approach and problem-solving.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 128.00
Lectures (PT) 36.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 110.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Seminars (PT) 6.00
Assessment (PT) 18.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 15.00 n/a Coursework 1
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 70.00 35% Exam (Exams Office)
Coursework 2 n/a 15.00 n/a Coursework 2