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Automation and Information Technology (IT) is essential for the survival of a company within the current manufacturing environment. This subject takes a hierarchical view of manufacturing operations which are associated with a task, part, product and order completion. After a broad introduction to the role of automation in industry and beyond, this hierarchical approach to considering manufacturing operations is discussed. The subject discusses, in turn, the different requirements for manufacturing automation and information systems that are required to manage each of the different levels of the hierarchy culminating in an examination of automation and information systems beyond the factory as they apply to an industrial supply chain.
Topics covered are grouped in terms of the different levels of the operational hierarchies, starting at the lowest level of device control and automation and working through to control and information requirements of the organisation and its supply chain. This subject will incorporate real-world problems and industrial grounding activities to reinforce aspects of the work practically.
Intended learning outcomes
On the successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- ILO1. Identify the different objectives of automation in industrial and non-industrial applications.
- ILO2. Demonstrate the in-depth understanding of fundamental concepts in the hierarchical approach as well as every aspect in the production and factory level control and information management system.
- ILO3. Analyse performance requirements for full automation of industrial machines and robots.
- ILO4. Design the overall system including how to operate, model, plan and control productions cell level operations to achieve the desired performance.
- ILO5. Apply modelling techniques of discrete event operations using state machines and Petri Nets
- ILO6. Explain the state-of-the-art and the trend of emerging automation, information systems, and supply chain level information systems.
- The ability to use industrial observation to complement class-based learning.
- The ability to map theoretical tools onto real application scenarios.
- An understanding of how hierarchies enable the simplification of complex systems.
- The ability to plan work and to use time effectively.
- Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
Last updated: 31 January 2024