Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2012/13
Industrial plants and safety
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Mechanical Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Carlin Antonio ORARIO RICEVIMENTO RC ING-IND/17 66 29 3 0 11
Grimaldi Sabrina ORARIO RICEVIMENTO RC ING-IND/17 66 29 3 0 11
SSD CFU Activities Area context
F - Altre attivitΰ (art. 10)
B - Caratterizzanti
Altre conoscenze utili per l'inserimento nel mondo del lavoro
Ingegneria meccanica
Subject fundamentals
The course aims to discuss the main issues about industrial facilities design and development that future engineers might face during their professional activity. In particular, it provides the fundamental knowledge and abilities to design and size the elements of an industrial plant, with particular attention to the criteria for safety design and management.
Expected learning outcomes
This course provides the skills that a plant engineer needs in order to play a cross-functional role in a company, with particular reference to the knowledge of the product to be manufactured and/or the logistics service to be provided, the selection of the equipment best suited to manufacture a product, the best layout of machines and of the different production and/or logistics areas within an industrial facility. After identifying the logistics and production potentiality required to a plant, the characteristics of the buildings able to accommodate the different areas (manufacturing, logistics and support ones) will be defined together with the transportation and storage systems to ensure production and/or service efficiency. Additionally, plant utilities, workplace safety optimization, workstation design according to ergonomic principles, and the associated economic evaluation criteria will be discussed. Basics of project management will allow to manage the multiple activities during the entire lifecycle of a manufacturing or logistics plant.
Therefore at the end of the course the students should have acquired the following skills:
• Identifying the optimal plant layout for a complex manufacturing facility based on the existing technological, logistics, normative, and economics constraints.
• Choosing and sizing the optimal warehouse solutions as far as storage and material handling equipment are concerned, as well as the main associated operational activities (e.g. picking, sorting, etc.). Being familiar with the basics of the main warehouse operational activities (e.g. picking, sorting, etc.).
• Choosing the optimal solution in terms of material handling equipment.
• Being able to perform a preliminary design of the security systems of a manufacturing plant.
• Being able to perform a preliminary design of lighting systems, Piping Systems, and electrical power distribution systems.
• Being able to apply the main concepts about the management of complex industrial plants and defining the strategies that optimize the associated economic and organizational aspects.

Moreover, students should be able to autonomously assess an industrial plant project and to use an appropriate technical communication language. For this purpose, the following capabilities are required:
• Writing professional technical reports.
• Taking motivated design decisions under conflicting requirements.
• Being able to estimate feasible order of magnitudes of the most important variables in the main reference cases.

Knowledge, skills, and capabilities are acquired through the study of some concrete problems, which are proposed as prominent examples, that is relevant technical applications that are suitable to introduce the range of methods that a mechanical plant engineer should master.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Structural Mechanics, Fundamentals of Technical Physics, Electrical Circuits and Network Analysis.
- Criteria for industrial plants design (8 h)
- Plant layout design (6 h)
- Industrial buildings (3h)
- Traditional material handling equipment (9 h)
- Industrial warehouses (9 h)
- Automated material handling equipment (3 h)
- Basics of Lean Production: Muda, Kaizen (3 h)
- Managing workplace safety: methodological approach, reference legislation, and applications (12 h)
- Electrical systems: reference legislation, design and sizing, and associated safety elements (9 h)
- Utilities and Piping systems: reference legislation, design criteria, and associated safety elements (9 h)
- Fire protection systems: reference legislation and design criteria (3 h)
Delivery modes
The teaching activities are structured according to a number of lectures, where the course topics are discussed, as well as a project work. In particular, the project work is aimed at performing a feasibility study and preliminary design of a portion of an industrial or logistics plant. This allows to foster those skills and capabilities that ensure the highly cross-functional role required to plant engineers in modern logistics - production contexts. The project is performed by students organized in groups during the entire term. Each group will be weekly guided and supported by the teaching staff also by means of the analysis of specific catalogues and reference legislation.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
A. Monte, Elementi di Impianti Industriali, Edizioni Libreria Cortina, 2009
M.P. Stephens, F. E. Meyers, Manufacturing Facilities Design & Material Handling, Pearson, 2009
Reference legislation
Lecture notes provided by the teaching staff
Assessment and grading criteria
The final mark will sum the written exam grade and the project work grade. The exam consists in a closed book written test whose duration is approximately 1 hour. Students will answer open questions appropriately structured in order to check their preparation level, especially in terms of the acquired knowledge. The written exam is assessed up to a maximum of 24 points out of 30. The acquired industrial plant capabilities are also assessed through a synthetic evaluation of the project work outcomes, which considers all the engineering, managerial, organizational, and regulatory aspects characterizing the definition of the project during its entire development. The project work is assessed up to a maximum of 8 points out of 30.

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