Manufacturing Systems Engineering

This module introduces all of the theory and principles required to develop and test an automated manufacturing system. This includes an introduction to robotics, sensors in automation, fixtures and end-effectors, programmable logic controllers, CNC machine control, pneumatics and mechatronics.


Course leader

Alan Thorne


Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should:

  1. Know and understand the stages of planning and implementing integrated manufacturing systems, including the major pitfalls and how to avoid them.
  2. Be able to write a simple functional specification for an automated system.
  3. Know the state of the art in CNC machining, robotics, PLC control, and factory communications technology.
  4. Understand the basic principles of tool and fixture design for automated operations and be able to design simple fixtures and robot end effectors.
  5. Know the different types of sensor used in automation, and understand the importance of their correct application in designing robust systems.
  6. Understand the basic principle of machine and cell control.
  7. Be able to plan and carry out an assigned automation task and to integrate this with other complementary tasks to deliver a fully functioning system. This involves developing an understanding, and practical experience of:
  • managing projects
  • managing self
  • learning how to learn
  • problem solving
  • communications


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