Course objectives: This course is intended to provide an
introduction to the design, analysis and control of manufacturing
systems. Systems of interest include automated flow lines, assembly
systems, cellular and flexible manufacturing systems. Both hardware
and software requirements of such systems will be reviewed. However,
emphasis will be on methodologies of system design, modeling and
control. Issues addressed will include part flow management,
lead time analysis, facilities planning and layout, real time
production control and scheduling, and information flow management.
Special attention will be paid to emerging trends in manufacturing
such as JIT, agile manufacturing, theory of constraints, computer
integration, and distributed manufacturing.
Prerequisites: Although not required, introductory courses
in operations research, production planning and control, and manufacturing
processes are useful.
Instructor: Prof. Saifallah Benjaafar - ME 205 - Tel: 6-7239
- email: email@example.com
Text: Automation, Production Systems, and Computer-Integrated
Manufacturing, Mikell P. Groover, Prentice-Hall, 1991. A
substantial amount of the readings will come from assorted papers
from recent literature.
Instructor: Prof. Saifallah Benjaafar - ME 205 - Tel: 6-7239
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: Wednesday: 2:00 - 1:00 and Friday 2:00 -
4:00 (or by appointment).
Teaching assistant: Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, ME 15B, email: email@example.com.
Homework: Assigned weekly and is due a week from the assignment
date (unless instructed otherwise). Homework solutions will be
either distributed in class or placed on reserve in Walter Library.
In addition, each student will be assigned a paper for in-class
presentation and critique. All students are required to provide
a one page summary of each presented paper. Summaries are due
the day of the corresponding presentation.
Exams: Two in-class exams. Tentative dates are: October
29 and November 26. No final exam. Exam solutions and sample exams
will be either placed on reserve in Walter Library or distributed
Term Project: Two progress reports will be due October
15 and November 5, respectively. Project presentations will be
scheduled during the last week of class. Project reports will
be due on the last day of finals week.
Grading: Final grades will be assigned based on the following breakdown:
Exam 1: 25%, Exam 2: 25%, HWK: 25%, and Project: 25%.
Computer access: Access to the following computing laboratory
is provided: ME 308 (IBM & SGI), EE/CS 3-166 (MAC & IBM),
and EE/CS 4-204 (Mac, Sun & Next). Lab attendants should
be able to help you with workstation access and operating systems
problems. Graduate students have also acccess to the CIMLAB in
Old EE 248.
Re-grades: You may submit an assignment or an exam for
a re-grade within 5 working days following its return date. Re-grade
requests are not accepted after this time limit. The requests
must be accompanied by a written explanation of where you feel
the original grading was inaccurate.
Incompletes: The grade of "I" is awarded only
in the case of exceptional and verifiable severe illness or tragedy.
An "I" will not be awarded because you are doing poorly
in the class.
Class attendance: While attendance will not be taken, attendance
of all lectures is expected. You will be held responsible for
all material presented and work assigned in class. Copies of
notes for any missed lectures will not be provided.
The following is a tentative schedule of lecture topics:
Week 1: Introduction to Manufacturing Systems (chapters 1 and 2 & handouts)
Week 2: Flow lines (Chapters 4 and 5)
Week 3: Assembly Systems (Chapter 6 and 7)
Week 4: Cellular Manufacturing Systems (chapter 16 & handouts)
Week 5: Flexible Manufacturing Systems (Chapters 17 & handouts)
Week 7: Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems (Chapters 23-27 & handouts)
Week 8: Performance Evaluation: Queuing Networks, Simulation, and Petri-Nets (Handouts)
Week 9: Performance Evaluation: Queuing Networks, Simulation, and Petri-Nets (Handouts)
Week 10: Factory of the Future and Project Presentations (Handouts)
The following is a tentative list of the papers for in-class presentation:
 Hopp, W. J., M. L. Spearman, and D. L. Woodruff. "Practical
Strategies for Lead Time Reduction," Manufacturing Review,
Vol. 3, No. 2, 1990.
 Sugimori, Y., K. Kusunoki, F. Cho and S. Uchikawa, "Toyota
Production System," International Journal of Production
Research, Vol. 15, No. 6, 1977.
 Goldratt, E. M., "Computerized Shop Floor Scheduling,"
International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 26,
No. 3, 1985.
 Spearman, M., D. Woodruff, and W. Hopp, "CONWIP: A Pull
Alternative to Kanban," International Journal of Production
Research, Vol. 28, No. 5, pp. 879-894, 1990.
 Jovane, F. and L. Alting, "A Key issue in Product Life
Cycle: Disassembly," Annals of the CIRP, Vol. 42, No. 2,
pp. 651-658, 1993.
 Drolet, J. R. and C. L. Moodie, "A Virtual Cell Scheduling
Algorithm," Technical Report, Purdue University, 1989.
 Upton, D., "A Flexible Structure for Computer Controlled
Manufacturing Systems," Manufacturing Review, Vol.
5, No. 1, pp. 58-74, 1992.
 Chang, T. C., "QTC - An Integrated Manufacturing Cell
with Process Planning Capability," Manufacturing Cells,
 Benjaafar, S., "Intelligent Simulation for Flexible Manufacturing
Systems: An Integrated Approach," Computers and Industrial
Engineering, Vol. 22, No. 3, pp. 297-311, 1992.
 Lin, G. Y. and J. J. Solberg, "Integrated Shop Floor
Control Using Autonomous Agents," IIE Transactions, Vol.
24, No. 3, 1992.
The following is a tentative list of video tapes for in-class
 Rapid Response Manufacturing, SME, 31 minutes.
 Agile Manufacturing, SME, 52 minutes.
 Flexible Manufacturing Cells, SME, 24 minutes.
 Small Lot Production, SME, 22 minutes.
 Flexible Manufacturing Systems, SME, 55 minutes.
Modeling and Analysis of Manufacturing Systems, Ronald
G. Askin and Charles Standridge, John Wiley, 1993.
Computer Aided Manufacturing, Chang, T. C., Wysk, R.
A. and H. Wang, Prentice-Hall, 1991.
Performance Modeling of Automated Manufacturing Systems,
N. Viswanadham and Y. Narahari, Prentice Hall, 1992.
Factory Physics, W. W. Hopp and M. L. Spearman, Irwin,
Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Engineering , U.
Rembold and B. O. Nnaji, and A. Storr, Addison-Wesley, 1994.
Manufacturing Systems: Theory and Practice, Chryssolouris,
G., Springer-Verlag, 1992.
Flexible Manufacturing Systems in Practice - Applications,
Design, and Simulations, Talavage, J. and R. G. Hannam, New
York, Marcel Dekker, 1988.
International Journal of Production Research
Journal of Manufacturing Systems
International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems
Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Computers in Industry
Computers and Industrial Engineering
European Journal of Operational Research
Journal of Operations Management
Production and Operations Management
International Journal of Production and Operations Management
IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation
IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
ASME Journal for Industry
Computers and Operations Research
APICS Production and Inventory Control
Handbook of Industrial Engineering
Handbook of Operations Research
The Flexible Manufacturing Systems Handbook
Flexible Automation, The International Guidebook on Computer Integrated