MECHANICAL PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, students will have acquired the basic knowledge on the structure and functioning of industrial plants, in terms of: organization and management of the manufacturing process (from raw material to finished product); reliability of complex systems; role of resources human and industrial automation; production flows; layout; performance measurement metrics of industrial plants.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
students will be able to industrialize a production process, starting from the feasibility study, defining the best production structure and its management policies, considering the adoption of automated operations (instead of manual processes) and checking the entire process through a detailed monitoring based on the performance metrics of production systems.
The student will be able to assess the impact of strategic, planning and operational decisions on industrial plants performance.
Student should acquire the specific vocabulary related to industrial plants. It is expected that, at the end of the course, students will be able to communicate, both orally and in writing - including by resolution of simple numerical problems, the main contents of the course (e.g., process plants, reliability, layout, KPI), also by using common graphical tools, such as block diagrams or flowcharts.
Learning skills: Students who have attended the course will be able to deepen their knowledge in the field of industrial plants, by consulting own texts specialized journals or dissemination, even outside the topics covered during lectures.
Course contents summary
The aim of the class is to provide the general design principles and feasibility criteria of Industrial and Mechanical Plants. In particular, the course focuses on the design of production systems in order to achieve the economic objectives.
1. Production systems and plants: Basic elements and definitions.
2. Industrial plant design, construction planning and control: feasibility study.
3. Classification of manufacturing production systems. Constrained production systems and unconstrained production systems.
4. Product/quantity chart.
5. Characteristic curve of product.
6. Assembling processes.
7. Production system performances measurement.
8. Process and activity
9. Layout arrangement.
10. Reliability of industrial plants.
11. Plants location determination
12. Material handling systems
A.Monte, “Elementi di Impianti Industriali”, vol. I/II, Libreria Cortina Torino A. Pareschi, Impianti Industriali, Progetto Leonardo, Bologna
S.Fabbri, Impianti Meccanici, Patron
Lectures. During the class, numerical examples concerning practice cases are shown.
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam consists of a written test, either in form of multiple choices or open questions. The exam includes both theoretical questions and exercises.