Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2014/15
Plants and manufacturing systems
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Automotive Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Chiabert Paolo ORARIO RICEVIMENTO AC ING-IND/16 40 10 0 0 10
Cagliano Anna Corinna   A2 ING-IND/17 30 10 0 0 6
SSD CFU Activities Area context
B - Caratterizzanti
B - Caratterizzanti
Ingegneria meccanica
Ingegneria meccanica
Subject fundamentals
The course analyzes the production system according to different aspects: management, technology and engineering .
The management aspect of the production system concerns the analysis of the production line, based on the queue models. The analytical models or the discrete event simulation, allow for assessing the performance of the line and for comparing the costs and benefits arising from the adoption of methods of control Push or Pull. It is possible to trace the evolution of the production system from its origins in the Fordís factory to the latest innovations of the Toyota production system and Lean revolution.
The technology of the production system mainly focuses on numerical control machining and related technologies. Starting from the definition of numerical control machine the course describes components, modules and manufacturing cells. The course also describes the numerical control machine (CNC) and the computer aided programming techniques. The description of industrial robots and their integration with the CNC machine allows to describe the automated manufacturing cells . The description of the coordinate measuring machines (CMM) for the testing of products allows to complete the analysis of the manufacturing cells.
The technology sector also deals with the non-conventional machining such as EDM , electrochemical machining , chemical milling , machining by ultrasonic , electron beam machining , machining with the laser and the techniques of rapid prototyping .
The industrial plant part of the course aims to discuss the main issues related to industrial facilities that future engineers might face during their professional activity. Also, it provides criteria to design and manage industrial plants with particular attention to the automotive industry.
Expected learning outcomes
The student acquires the skills needed to supervise a production system and to identify the production system more suitable for the specific application on the basis of management and technology.
The course provides an understanding of the major issues related to industrial plants. At the end of the course students will be able to define production layouts and to identify the characteristics of material handling systems and warehouses. Also they will know how to analyze the general requirements of an industrial plant.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Mechanical behavior of materials, Fundamentals of Technical Physics, Applied Mechanics, Mechanical Technology, Computer Aided Design.
A - Manufacturing systems ( 6 credits)
Introduction to production systems: Classification of production processes; Criteria for the selection of the production rates; Criteria for setting the level of automation and integration of processes; Performance and efficiency of manufacturing processes.
Performance analysis of production systems: The evaluation of the operating point of a manufacturing line; The analysis of the performance of a workstation; The queue models from M/M/1/inf to G/G/m/b . The use of batching.
The numerical control machine: Definitions and structure of NC machine; Structures and guides, devices for automatic tool and workpiece changes, actuators, transducers; Types of government units , computer numerical control (CNC) , direct control by computer (DNC) , the adaptive control.
Industrial robots: Structures and characteristics, Robots, units of government and assisted programming, integration with the external environment, robotic cells.
Measuring machines with numerical control: Quality control, Structures and characteristics of measuring machine; Software for CMMs.
The non-conventional machining : EDM , electrochemical machining , chemical milling , machining by ultrasonic , electron beam machining , laser machining , rapid prototyping .
B - Manufacturing plants (4 CFU)
- Criteria for industrial plants design. Facility location and analysis of the production capacity of a plant. Studying the relationships between product and market.
- Methods for studying machine and department layouts. Safety and Ergonomics.
- Economic engineering: assessing the profitability of investing in a new industrial plant.
- Material handling equipment.
- Criteria for the design of industrial warehouses.
- Water supply, compressed air, electricity, fire-fighting systems.
- Systems for water, sludge, and solid waste treatment
- Basics of project management in industrial plants
- Seminars given by industry experts might be scheduled during the course
Delivery modes
The course consists of lectures, tutorials and workshops. The students develop an activity of conceptual design of a manufacturing plant, applying the arguments in class.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Slides of the lessons and the following books:
Hopp W.J., Spearman M.L., Factory physics, McGrawHill
Kalpakjian S., Manufacturing processes for Engineering Materials. Addison Wesley
McMahom C., Browne J., CAD/CAM from Principles to Practice. Addison Wesley
Assessment and grading criteria
Written and oral exam. Evaluation of activities proposed during the course

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2014/15

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