Operation and control of production machines and systems

This module explains the basic physics of machine tool operation and how control systems can be used to model production cells, mitigate errors in machining and integrate machines into the wider production system. Students will be able to specify, operate and manage production machines and systems.


Course leader

Prof Bill O'Neill


Module learning outcomes

On completion of the module students should be able to:

  • Know the operational aspects of the main categories of machining processes
  • Understand the types of interaction between components and process tooling
  • Understand the factors that affect the accuracy and precision of machining and grinding operations
  • Understand the various control strategies used to mitigate the sources of error in machining processes
  • Understand the issues in cell-level control and be able to model cell operations using Petri Nets and Ladder Logic
  • Know the means by which machining cells are integrated into factory wide operations



100% by examination. Paper 2 - single module paper.

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