INDUSTRIAL PLANTS 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, plant service , reliability, layout, KPI), also by using common graphical tools, such as block diagrams or flowcharts.
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.
There are no compulsory prerequisites
Course contents summary
The course aims to provide the students with the general criteria for designing and realizing the main production plants, which are complex systems consisting of the technological plants, utilities and facilities that contribute to the achievement of the economic goal.
Therefore, the first part of the course deals with the classification of production plants, manual and automated manufacturing, assembly processes and additing manufacturing. The impact of automation on these processes is also assessed. The second part of the course describes and analyzes the tools for project management and the theory of reliability for the maintenance of production systems. The third part describes key performance indicator of the industrial plants.
Production systems and plants: Basic elements and definitions.
Industrial plant design, construction planning and control: feasibility study.
Classification of manufacturing production systems.
Constrained production systems and unconstrained production systems.
Characteristic curve of product.
Process and activity Layout arrangement.
Reliability of industrial plants.
Production system performances measurement.
The notes of the lectures and exercises, and all the supporting material (drawings, plant schemes, Excel spreadsheets, media) are available to students and shared in a DropBox folder. To be invited please send a mail to the professor email@example.com including "Shared folder IM Drive" in the Object field.
In addition to the shared material, the student can personally study some of the topics discussed during the course in the following books:
• Pareschi A. "Impianti industriali. Criteri di scelta, progettazione e realizzazione", Progetto Leonardo Bologna
• Fabbri S. "Impianti Meccanici", Patron, Bologna
• Turco F. "Principi generali di progettazione degli impianti industriali"
• Monte A. “Elementi di impianti industriali”, Vol I, II, Ed. Libreria Cortina, Torino
• Caron F., Marchet G., Wegner R. "Impianti di movimentazione e stoccaggio dei materiali criteri di progettazione", Ed. Hoepli
• Fedele L., Furlanetto L. Saccardi D. "Progettare e gestire la manutenzione", Ed. McGraw-Hill
The course counts 9 CFUs (one CFU, University Credits equals one ECTS credit and represents the workload of a student during educational activities aimed at passing the exams), which corresponds to 63 hours of lectures. The didactic activities are composed of frontal lessons alternating with exercises. During the frontal lessons, the course topics are proposed from the theoretical and design point of view.
During classroom exercises students are allowed to bring their own computers and tablets, and they will apply theoretical knowledge to an exercise, a real case study, or a project.
If conditions are favorable, seminars are held by managers of multinational corporations who report concrete experiences in real case studies.
The slides and notes used to support the lessons will be uploaded to the Elly Platform and a shared folder on DropBox. To download the slides from Elly is required to enroll in the online course, while to be added to the share folder you need to send an email to the teacher firstname.lastname@example.org as the object "Shared folder II".
Notes, slides, spreadsheets, tables, and all shared material are part of the didactic material. For non-attending students, it is important to stay up-to-date on the course through the Elly platform, the only communication tool used for direct teacher / student contact.
Assessment methods and criteria
Verification of the knowledge takes place through a written test based on open questions, lasting about 2 hours. The test usually consists of 9/10 questions that may relate to theoretical content, demonstrations, and exercises that have been done during the course; theoretical demonstrations have a weight of 0.8; Plant design and technical drawings weight 1.0; Exercises weight 1.0. The final vote is calculated by assigning a mark in the range 0-30 for each question and then performing the weighted average of the individual evaluations, with final ceiling to the next unit; the test is exceeded if it reaches a score of at least 18 points. “30 cum laude” is given to students who achieve the highest score on each item and use precise vocabulary.